An award-winning commercial real estate consultancy responsible for 42% of the total office space transactions in Manchester city centre last year, has revealed plans to launch in Leeds.
Founded in 2010 by Will Lewis and Dominic Horridge, Obi Property is aiming to launch into the West Yorkshire city by the end of the year and has already hired former Cushman & Wakefield Associate Director Rob Prescott to lead the new team.
Obi Co-Founder Will Lewis believes that Rob will play an ‘integral part’ in the upcoming Leeds operation, stating: “Leeds is a vibrant and innovative city that attracts and retains many talented people and innovative businesses from across the north and beyond.
Obi currently employs 32 people at its Manchester office across leasing and investment, office acquisitions, business relocations, and other sectors.
Commenting on his appointment, Rob said: “I’m delighted to have joined OBI and am already fully focussed on working towards the Leeds launch later this year.
“I’m also part of OBI’s national transactions and management teams and couldn’t be more pleased to be working with so many talented colleagues and dynamic clients.”
Obi has a decorated history, with some of their landlord and occupier clients including Aviva Investors, Allied London, Property Alliance Group, Booking.com, AO.com and The Hut Group.
Will adds: “OBI has been working towards opening operations in Leeds for some time and already has a number of landlord and occupier clients in the city.
“We feel our values of exceptional client service, hard work and innovation will be well received and with Rob already on board, are looking forward to an exciting new venture that aligns with our next phase of growth.”
Earlier this year the multi-award-winning real estate consultancy launched spin-off business Studio OBI, an integrated creative agency providing branding, marketing materials, online platforms, video and CGIs for its clients.
OBI also boasts an online TV channel, OBI TV, as well as ‘The OBI Journal’, a twice-yearly published magazine covering the latest intelligence and insights on Manchester’s restaurants, property, fashion, tech and more.
Featured Image: Rob Prescott (left) with Co-Founder Will Lewis