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Why minerals rock: the UK mining and minerals industry

Many people may not realise it, but the UK mining and minerals industry provides great benefits to our country…

Annually, the industry supplies £20bn worth of materials and services to our economy, a vital contribution from the sector. The industry is a key producer, provides job creation and also plays an important role in rebuilding communities. A healthy domestic minerals industry is vital for UK construction as the majority of output from the sector is used to improve housing stock, transport networks, commercial and industrial buildings, utilities, schools and hospitals.


The sector’s main aim is to supply minerals required for construction and industry at the minimum social, economic and environmental cost. The extraction of minerals is a complex process that needs to be tightly and effectively managed, following a strict set of rules and regulations. Projects must follow a series of technical standards and codes of practice, encouraging the delivery of sustainable and responsible mineral products.

When looking to mine for, and extract, minerals, there are various environmental and social impacts that you must consider and do your upmost to reduce the effect on the local area. Critically, you must be committed to the principles of sustainable development, which involves protecting and enhancing UK biodiversity, reducing carbon and other industrial emissions, maximising recycling of materials, ensuring high-quality restoration of land and improving resource efficiency.

At George F. White, the mining and minerals sector has always been a key interest for us and we’ve kept a keen eye on developments within the industry. We considered adding this sector to our services very carefully and only after we knew we had the right team on board, under the right leadership, did we choose to offer mining and minerals consultancy.

Under the direction of Mike Young, a partner at George F. White, who is also head of our Northumberland and Borders region and commercial property, our mining and minerals offering is one of our niche specialist areas of expertise where the extensive extractive industry experience of the team, which includes

Stephanie Linnell, a planning and development associate, and Andrew Rollo, head of energy, can provide consultant advice on a range of mine and minerals issues whether it’s to do with property, planning or engineering.

We can, for instance, negotiate exploration licences, mineral option agreements and leases on your behalf as well as provide minerals estate management and mining code and compulsory purchase. From a planning perspective, we offer mineral site identification and constraint mapping (GIS services and mapping surveys) and local mineral plan representations. Crucially, we can write Planning Applications and Environmental Impact Assessments for you as well as manage Public Consultation and Community Liaison programmes, which are a key part of large scale mineral projects given the corporate social responsibility issues involved in the extractive industry. We are also able to appraise planning opportunities for quarries, RMX, asphalt and cement manufacturing.

With our engineering expertise, we also offer site layout, equipment design and specification support, as well as construction and engineering site management services and infrastructure and environmental permitting.

In the last 18 months or so, the global political and economic landscape has changed dramatically. It means the mining and minerals industry has found itself in a new realm, dealing with high demand but restricted supply. It’s an interesting time for the sector, 2018 and beyond looks set to create multiple step changes, resulting in new opportunities and avenues to explore. Our team is fully equipped to assess the value and extent of your mineral resources and manage your mineral property assets.

If you’d like to know more about our mining and mineral services, and how our team can work with you, please contact: Mike Young mikeyoung@georgefwhite.co.uk or 07768 037063.

Esh Group and George F. White Partner to Provide Office Space for Region’s Start Ups

Following recent growth and expansion, construction company Esh Group has added to its headquarter premises in Bowburn, County Durham. The additional space is an incubator building that’s been designed to house start-up and small businesses across the North East.

Esh Group has enlisted the services of commercial property consultants George F. White to help them lease out the building to prospective tenants who would get the most out of the incubator and what it has to offer.

Geoff Woodcock, Managing Director, Esh Developments said: “The brand new incubator facility has been predominately designed and built for emerging start-up and SME businesses within the region who are trying to establish themselves in their respective field. Rental rates are very reasonable and the building is situated next to our new training facility “Esh Academy” where all our training will take place, including the training and management of over 150 apprentices. Those who move into the incubator will be able to use the training facilities and share training opportunities.”

The new office space is a big development in Esh Group’s focus on investing in local communities which is delivered through its community support programme, Esh Communities. The overarching aim of Esh Communities is to understand the issues local populations are facing and to help make a positive difference in local areas.

Mike Young, Head of Commercial Property at George F. White, added: “It’s great to have a client as renowned and large as Esh Group on board. We are very excited and motivated to be working with them to help source and secure tenants for the new incubator space which is an impressive building for any new or small business in the North East.”

For more information about the Esh Group office incubator space that’s for let, please contact Mike Young on mikeyoung@georgefwhite.co.uk or 01665 608115.

New Equity Partner Joins George F. White

Land, property and business consultancy George F. White has appointed a new Equity Partner in a huge recruitment move for the firm.

Mike Young (FRICS FIQ) joins the firm with over 21 years’ experience as a Chartered Surveyor.  During his illustrious career, Mike has developed a specialist range of expertise through the management and development of private and public owned minerals & waste property estates.  This includes associated office, industrial, residential and agricultural property with regard to sustainable business plan objectives and maximising value. Mike’s specialist expertise includes contract negotiation, planning & environmental assessment, strategic site appraisal & evaluation, estate management and compulsory purchase & compensation.

Welcoming Mike to the business as an Equity Partner, Robyn Peat, Managing Partner at George F. White said: “We are thrilled to welcome Mike as a Partner in the business. It’s a great coup to recruit a man of Mike’s niche talent, leadership qualities and industry expertise. His experience, especially in the land and mineral resources field, will strengthen our delivery in this growing service area and enable us to expand our client base in this sector nationally.”

Mike was previously Head of Land & Mineral Resources at Hope Construction Materials where he led a successful development team who provided property, planning, engineering and geological advice throughout the UK.  Prior to this, Mike had a decade of working for Tarmac Limited.

Talking about his new role as a partner in the land, property and business consultancy, Mike said: “My new position is a dual role as Equity Partner and Head of Commercial Property. From a leadership perspective as a Partner, a key focus will be developing the regional strategy. As Head of Northumberland and Borders, I will be working closely with all business teams, to understand their view points and then ensure my leadership style compliments this. I strongly believe George F. White should be the first choice of property consultancy for both employees and clients alike. Our developing culture will deliver our business strategy and in my opinion, this is the best foundation for business growth.

As Head of Commercial Property, I will be focused on business related property including minerals, waste & recycling, industrial & manufacturing, office, retail and distribution & logistics.  I’m looking forward to working closely with our existing commercial property clients while developing new clients in this key area of growth. It’s a great time to join George F. White and I can’t wait to get involved.”