Category Archive: Community

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A trio from George F. White is taking part in Movember20. James Oliver, Richard Addison, and James Brett from our Northumberland team have all volunteered to tender their fledgling taches in support of this worthy cause.

Check out our social media channels to keep up with their efforts and click here to show your support by way of a donation.

Charities Act 2011: Why do you need to be aware of it?

Have you ever wondered how a charity with multiple trustees agrees to sell a property asset; or are you a trustee in a registered charity looking for advice on disposing a property asset? James Carruthers, Associate, explains what the Charities Act 2011 is and why it is legislation.

Charities Act 2011

What is the Charities Act 2011?

The charities act is a piece of legislation that states that when a registered charity wishes to dispose of a property or land asset, either by way of sale or a lease with term of greater than seven years, it is required that the trustees obtain a written report on the proposed sale or lease from a qualified surveyor giving advice prior to entering any agreement.


Why is it required?

The valuation report is to provide an opinion as to the current market value of the property, whether any works are required prior to disposal as well as opinion on the best method of disposal and the most appropriate marketing strategy for the property to achieve the best price possible.

The Charities (Qualified Surveyors’ Reports) Regulations 1992 set out further, and very detailed, items that a Qualified Surveyor should look to include within their report. It is therefore essential to choose a surveyor with the knowledge of the relevant legislation and the experience of providing charities with key strategic advice with which to achieve a successful sale at the optimum price.


How can we help?

At George F. White, our experienced team of RICS Registered Valuers have extensive experience of acting for a wide range of Registered Charities and in valuing an extensive range of property assets for Charities Act 2011 purposes; including former education facilities, places of worship, residential care properties as well as more typical asset classes such as land, commercial units and residential dwellings.

This experience and expertise enables us to provide our clients with the clarity to help make the right decisions and achieve the best possible results.

For more information about our valuations service, please visit our valuations page.

HospiceCare North Northumberland: Helping with their Big Move

Our Alnwick team have donated vital communication technology to HospiceCare North Northumberland as they move to their new home at Greensfield Court in Alnwick.

After 20 years in their Alnwick building, HospiceCare are moving to Greensfield Court on the Greensfield Industrial Estate; a building that will allow them to further grow and develop their dementia and hospice at home services across North Northumberland. The bigger site required significantly more technology and we were delighted to be able to help with a donation of eight monitors, giving the team the communication technology they require to continue the care and support they offer to people living with life-limiting illnesses.


Craig Ross, a Partner and Planning Consultant at George F. White, said: “Community is a huge focus for us here at George F. White. When we heard that HospiceCare North Northumberland needed a bit of a help moving into their new premises, we were determined to assist in any way that we could as part of our GFW Community programme. We’re in the process of refurbishing our Alnwick office, therefore were pleased to know that any spare equipment could not only be of use, but to ensure that such a meaningful charity could continue to growth their vital resources across North Northumberland.”

HospiceCare North Northumberland has now opened their new Wellbeing Centre.

Craig continued: “The new Wellbeing Centre is fantastic news for town. HospiceCare are relied upon for many families in North Northumberland; their new centre will be the first of its kind in over 30 miles, meaning that users can access the services they need in their local community.”

Next year see’s the charities 25th anniversary and the move signifies how far their services have grown and developed from a small borrowed premises in Shilbottle in the late 90’s.

HospiceCare North Northumberland’s CEO, Paul Jones-King added: “We are hugely grateful to the team at George F. White for their very kind donation of eight preloved computers monitors which now allows our nurses, for the first time, to have a computer each enabling them to access our new electronic care planning system, which will revolutionise the way we plan our care delivery.”

If you would like to get involved and volunteer at the new HospiceCare North Northumberland premises, please get in touch with Kelly Burton on or by calling 01665 606515.

Time Flies When You’re Having Fun

We can’t believe how quickly time has passed and how much has happened since we moved in our city centre office in September 2017. We caught up with Richard Garland to find out more…



I am sure you can’t quite believe that we have nearly been in our Arch 2 office for a whole year. Remind us of your immediate priorities.

We went into our newest office with the view of expanding on the existing client base of GFW and to open up a new pool of potential work. It was important that we added further credibility to the work we already do in our Commercial, Energy and Planning and Development sectors, by having a presence in the city centre, where many other professional services expect to see consultants based.


Has business kick started the way that you hoped?

It always takes time to break into new markets but the GFW offering has been well received across the Tyne and Wear region. As a result of our presence and business development we have secured work that we would not otherwise have been considered for, including working on projects for a seven storey tower block in Newcastle, as well as city centre commercial property, red book valuations and large scale urban regeneration projects. Almost without exception, everyone we have talked to has been surprised as to how much of a specialist offering we have and how that aligns to client needs. Being in Newcastle has allowed more people to realise that.


We heard that you’re recruiting…

Yes! We are always on the lookout for good people. At the moment our key areas of search are for commercial surveyors and building surveyors to work out of the city centre office.

For more information about who we are looking to recruit, click here.


What is your most memorable experience since opening the office?

Refining the GFW pitch to people in the city centre and seeing the reaction of people that we have been doing business with for many years when they realise the true specialist nature of what we do. Aside from that, managing four bacon sandwich breakfast meetings and three evening drinks events in the same week (but I’m not complaining!).


Business aside, working in the city must have its advantages?

Working in the city centre has been an eye opener in many ways; the Newcastle culture is just fantastic. We should be extremely proud of our city, in particular the evolving food and social scene. As a team, we take full advantage of the abundance of independent bars, cafes and restaurants, whether that is for a staff social, a client meeting or just to grab a quick bite for lunch. We are particular fans of our neighbours, Herb Garden… what better way is there to celebrate a great week than a pizza?