January 23, 2018:
National Regional Property Group is celebrating its Portsmouth roots as it promotes the advantages of doing business in the city and looks forward to an exciting period ahead in 2018.
The company was founded by city resident Shaun Adams, whose family links with Portsmouth go back many generations. Both Shaun and his father served in the Royal Navy based out of Portsmouth and spent time working at the Fraser Range site in Eastney amongst many other ships and shore based establishments.
“The naval history of Portsmouth is a huge part of its identity,” Shaun says. “We are lucky to be surrounded by so much heritage and it is part of the reason I wanted National Regional Property Group to be based here. It’s not just a great place to live and visit, but it is a great place to do business.”
Shaun founded National Regional Property Group in 2012 with the aim of breathing new life into run-down parts of cities through its regeneration projects. In just six years it has already demonstrated its ability at doing just that, with its projects shortlisted for various industry awards.
Based right next to the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, National Regional Property Group supports employment for local people. All of the team have lived or worked in Portsmouth nearly all their lives and they are passionate about the place they call home.
“There is a real sense of community in Portsmouth,” says Jo Burfitt, who joined last year. “It is very much open for business and as a result there are lots of career opportunities with an excellent work life balance.”
Promoting jobs and helping young people to get on the career ladder is something Jo is passionate about. She is currently involved in the Roadmap to a Career initiative led by Shaping Portsmouth, which amongst its many aims, is to raise the profile of apprenticeships in the city.
National Regional Property Group’s managing director, Allan Gordon, is also an active member of Shaping Portsmouth. As chairman of the organisation’s Developers Group he works with the public and private sector to support growth in the city.
Allan, who studied at Portsmouth Grammar School and Highbury College, said: “I believe in promoting economic development in Portsmouth and everything I do in the city is geared towards that objective. Economic development and productivity improvements are the only way to increase the prosperity and wellbeing of residents and businesses in the city for the good of all.”
Billy Alsop, the firm’s Development Officer, is currently studying at the University of Portsmouth and has secured his role with National Regional Property Group whilst he completes his degree course this year.
“I’m really proud of the gold-rated status the university achieved and the great prospects it has for the future,” said Billy. “One thing I’ve always liked about working and studying in Portsmouth is its hub-like nature. Everything is close by and especially having been connected with the university I’ve witnessed first-hand its presence in the city.”
Development Manager, Filipe Martins, is also a graduate of the University of Portsmouth. Now he’s using his experience to help others by returning as a part time lecturer. “There’s so much talent coming through the university, particularly when it comes to planning, architecture and design,” he said. “That can only be a good thing for Portsmouth, which will benefit as graduates move into local businesses retaining talent in the city.”
Looking ahead further into the future, National Regional Property Group is aiming to become even more involved in the city. It currently supports several local groups, including Baffins Milton Rovers FC where it sponsors the newly built clubhouse, and is looking to lend its development expertise to sites in the area that could benefit from regeneration.
“The potential is huge,” Shaun says. “There are some areas of the city, the old Fraser Range site for example, which could be completely transformed with careful planning and real investment. We are looking forward to working with investors, planners and other stakeholders to make that transformation a reality.”
Pictured: National Regional Property Group’s office based in Portsmouth