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Who we are

Sanderson Weatherall is an award winning, independently owned practice of Chartered Surveyors, property consultants and business asset advisors.

We have offices in Birmingham, Bristol, Exeter, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Teesside and York, and deliver our services across the UK.

We have a team of 218 talented people working at our firm.

Combining regional market knowledge with our industry experience, we provide a complete service in all property matters and deliver clients forward thinking, effective advice, to help you achieve your business objectives.

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Our history

Sanderson Weatherall was formed on the merger of Weatherall Green & Smith (Leeds & Manchester offices) with Sanderson Townend & Gilbert (Newcastle, Teesside & London offices) in 2003. Weatherall Green & Smith The first recorded presence of Weatherall Green and Smith in Leeds dates back to 1833 when Thomas Hardwick set up his own business, becoming Hardwick, Best & Young in 1867 and Bramham & Gale in 1870. At a similar time, Joshua Bramham set up a business in rent collecting in 1843, which eventually developed into Hollis and Webb in 1919. After the war, the two firms became active in commercial property and merged to form Hollis Webb & Gale in 1969, and later Weatherall Hollis and Gale, eventually becoming Weatherall Green & Smith in the early 1990’s. Weatherall's remained the largest and most prominent firm of chartered surveyors in Leeds, becoming larger still when, at first it acquired the business of Singleton's plant and machinery specialists of Manchester, swiftly followed by the merger in 2003 with... Sanderson Townend & Gilbert Establishing his business in 1858, William Sanderson began trading as a builder, slate merchant, joiner & cabinet maker from 17 Prudhoe Street and Lambton Place, before soon changing specialism to ‘managing estates and property placed in his charge’. By 1869, William had agreed a partnership with his son Thomas Barkas and, now trading from Percy Street, the firm was known as Thos. Sanderson & Company, becoming Thomas B. Sanderson & Son in 1893. Described by the monthly property register as ‘estates and property agent, surveyors & valuers’, the business moved to 3/5 Mosley Street in 1894. It was here that ‘Sandersons’ would remain for another 81 years when in 1973 – and now known as Sanderson Townend & Gilbert (STG) following the arrival of partners William Townend in 1923 and Cecil Gilbert in 1937 – the firm moved to 2 Collingwood Street. On September 13th 1999, the business made its final move to 22 – 24 Grey Street, where it remains to this day. Sanderson Weatherall LLP In July 2009 Sanderson Weatherall Limited transferred and continued its trading as Sanderson Weatherall LLP. Sanderson Weatherall LLP as it is today is a national firm of chartered surveyors and property consultants with six offices and approximately 200 staff – including almost 136 surveyors and valuers – who provide a multi-disciplined service to both the public and private sector on a national level. Our expertise and success were recognised at the Estates Gazette Awards 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 and most recently in May 2013 when we were awarded Property Adviser of the Year for the North East & Yorkshire for nine years in a row.

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Our vision

We are committed to being a leading independent firm of Chartered Surveyors and business asset advisors, delivering advice to our clients of the highest quality in a user friendly manner. We will offer a personal service adding value for clients Our core values are professional competence, ethical conduct, integrity and flexibility, coupled with commercial pragmatism Through these objectives and core values we aim to run a successful business to the mutual benefit of our clients, our staff and our shareholders. We are committed to having the best possible staff and to offer them a rewarding career and encouragement to prosper in a competitive market. We will encourage their skills with regular assessments and offer further education as required We will continue to invest in the best possible systems for our I.T. platform. We will enjoy what we do.  

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Corporate Social Responsibility

We try very hard through our business activities to ensure we maintain our position as one of the leading firms of independent Chartered Surveyors and Property Consultants in the country. We fully recognise that our business activities directly and indirectly impact on the environment, our people, our clients and suppliers and the wider community – and have therefore developed our Corporate Social Responsibility policy to focus on these particular strands. Environment We promote Environmental Responsibility throughout the business and all our offices operate a certified ISO 14001 Environmental Management System. The firm has policies and procedures in place to reduce overall waste to UK landfill and increase the level of recycling in respect of resource consumption. We have committed to monitor and reduce energy usage within our office based operations and promote sustainability in transport by reducing the CO² emissions of our vehicular fleet as well as actively to encourage the use of public transport and participation in the firm's 'cycle 2 work' scheme. We also recognise that we are in a position to influence our clients to adopt sustainable and more environmentally responsible practices in the development and subsequent use of land, and procedures to help, remind and encourage all staff to promote this are incorporated within the firm's Quality Assurance Practice Area Instructions and our integrated Quality and Environmental Management System. Workplace Over the years, the firm has established an enviable record for the high quality of training given to the staff and this is widely recognised in the industry by our clients and competitors alike. We remain committed to the personal development of every employee of the firm to ensure they reach their full potential. We take our responsibility to build an inclusive and supportive working environment very seriously. Our goal is a diverse, skilled and healthy workforce that actively volunteers and participates in activities that benefit the wider community and we will continue to set and monitor targets on diversity, fair pay, productivity, performance and wellbeing. We operate an equal opportunities policy for all present and potential future employees and offer our employees clear and fair terms of employment and provide resources to enable their continual development. We also operate and maintain a clear and fair employee remuneration and succession policy and maintain forums for employee consultation and business involvement. We provide safeguards to ensure that all employees of whatever nationality, colour, race or religious belief are treated with respect and without sexual, physical or mental harassment. We adopt the standards and approach of the Equality Act 2010 in all our internal and external employee policies and procedures. We provide, and will strive to maintain, a clean, healthy and safe working environment in line with our occupational health and safety management system, which is certified under OHSAS 18001. Market Place We recognise that a better integration of Corporate Responsibility into the firm's sourcing policies and procurement process is a way to more effectively manage risk that may otherwise arise in the supply chain. We shall ensure a high level of business performance while minimising and effectively managing risk ensuring that we uphold the values of honesty, partnership and fairness in our relationships with all our stakeholders. Our contracts aim to clearly set out the agreed terms, conditions and the basis of our relationship and operate in a way that safeguards against unfair business practices. We encourage our suppliers and contractors to adopt responsible business and financial policies and practices. We commit to registering and resolving any customer complaints in accordance with our standards of service. Community Our work directly and indirectly affects the way the wider community lives, behaves and develops and we firmly believe that our business should make a positive contribution to the society in which we live. We support and encourage our employees to help local community organisations and activities in our regions, particularly our employee chosen charities, and we are very proud that many of our employees take part in a wide range of volunteering activities across the country. To ensure that all SW employees are able to offer their time to support a project in their local area, the firm has introduced a CSR Mandate, meaning that staff members from any area of the business and across all our offices are each able to contribute up to 14 hours per year to community volunteering opportunities and activities facilitated by the firm. We have also introduced an internal Volunteer Centre which enables staff to easily locate information on up and coming opportunities to engage in community challenges, projects or pro bono activity. We regularly work with local schools, colleges and universities to assist young people in choosing their future careers, being an advocate for our industry. All members of the firm are encouraged to participate in charitable fund raising events and, over the years, we have supported numerous charities with local, national and international aims, objectives and interests. A summary of some of our community focused and/or charitable/fund raising activities can be viewed by clicking here. Financial Sanderson Weatherall LLP is fully owned by the shareholding partners that all actively participate in the day to day management and operation of the business and engage in fee earning work. All the shareholders are committed to ensuring that the business is managed in a financially responsible and sustainable manner. They recognise and aim to fully meet their responsibilities and obligations to stakeholders - including their clients, fellow Partners, the staff, pensioners and the Pension Fund Trustees, as well as the firm's suppliers and any trade creditors. We take seriously all feedback that we receive from our stakeholders and, where possible, maintain open dialogue to ensure that we fulfil the requirements outlined within this policy. We shall be open and honest in communicating our strategies, targets, performance and governance to our stakeholders in our continual commitment to sustainable development. The Executive Board are responsible for the implementation of this policy and will make the necessary resources available to realise our corporate responsibilities. Our Environmental and other objectives under this policy will be developed as part of the business planning cycle. The responsibility for our performance on this policy will be monitored by our CSR Manager and rests with all employees throughout the company.

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Policies

Occupational Health & Safety Policy We manage our business through the operation of a documented Occupational Health & Safety Management System (OHSMS), throughout our operations as Chartered Surveyors at our 9 UK offices.Through the operation of this system, we can be assured that we are operating in such a way as to eliminate, reduce and manage any OH&S risks. Our executive board is committed to and has overall responsibility to ensuring the health, safety and welfare of its employees and other persons who are involved with or affected by its activities (hereinafter referred to as interested parties). We will: ensure that its operational and office activities are executed in such a way as to provide for the health, safety and welfare of all interested parties comply with all applicable legal and other requirements related to its operations drive to continually improve its health and safety performance through the operation of our OHSMS (in line with the principles set out in OHSAS 18001) set measurable objectives and targets to improve our OH&S performance, which will be subject to regular monitoring and review seek to prevent injury or ill health aim to promote, monitor and maintain the highest degree of physical, mental and social wellbeing of all interested parties reviewed annually We will provide and maintain: a safe workplace with safe access and egress; safe plant and equipment; effective information, instruction, training and lines of communication; safe arrangements for the use, handling, storage and transportation of articles and substances; adequate welfare facilities. Communicated to all staff via intranet, email and notices in each office. We require all interested parties to: take reasonable care of their own health, safety and welfare and that of any others who may be affected by their acts or omissions; co-operate with the firm to comply with their statutory duties for health and safety; use correct and safely, any work item provided by the firm and in accordance with the training and instruction given; assist the firm in reporting any accident or incident that may cause injury to a person or damage to plant or property. Communicated to other interested parties via our web site. Quality & Environmental Policy Sanderson Weatherall is managed through a documented Quality and Environmental Management System (QEMS), throughout its operations in surveying, property consultancy and asset advisory, across ten UK offices. This system is planned around the various risks and opportunities we face and takes into account the needs of our interested parties. It enables us to offer our clients a customer focused service, which fully considers environmental issues. One of our strategic aims is our commitment to providing a quality service and satisfying client requirements, as directed by the mission statement set out by the partners and top management. Through the operation of the QEMS, Sanderson Weatherall is committed to environmental protection, including prevention of pollution, minimising energy use/waste creation and looking at the environmental implications of our procurement processes. We also recognise the environmental impact of our professional services and, where possible, make clients aware of alternative technologies and sustainable options for their projects. Sanderson Weatherall regularly evaluate practices and set/review quality and environmental targets in line with our strategic goals. We aim to ensure that standards are continually maintained across the company to enhance quality and environmental performance. Sanderson Weatherall will ensure that our operations meet, and if possible exceed, any compliance/legal obligations and other applicable requirements relating to our environmental impacts, quality of our work and satisfaction of interested parties. Our employees, and any others working under our control will be made aware of this policy. It is also freely available to interested parties, including the public.  Our Certificates ISO 9001 is a quality management system (QMS) standard that requires an organisation to meet its own requirements and those of its customers and regulators. ISO 14001 is the process of enhancing the environmental management system to achieve improvements in overall environmental performance in line with the organisations environmental policy. It is the element of an organizations activities or services that can interact with the environment. OHSAS 18001 is an internationally applied Bristish Standard for occupational health and safety management systems. It exists to help all kinds of organisations put in place demonstrably sound occupational health and safety performance.      

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Partner Businesses

We have built partnerships with several businesses to enhance and diversify ourservices.  Edwards & Partners In 2013 we acquired Edwards & Partners, a leading name in leisure property industry, and specifically in holiday and mobile home parks. Edwards and Partners have been established for over 36 years, and specialise in the sale, purchase, valuation and consultancy of holiday centres, caravan parks and mobile home parks. The team operate out of our York and Exeter offices, with Paul Edwards and Chris Tucker appointed as Partners in the expanded business. Specialist services include: Agency  Combined nation-wide coverage with the latest computer technology, to provide quick and efficient contact between vendor and purchaser. Valuation Providing written reports for a variety of purposes, including finance for purchase, probate, compulsory purchase and capital transfer tax. Design and Development Dealing with planning applications, design and development, pitch fee and lease reviews.    

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Careers

Opportunities Our people are the reason why we are so successful. We are known in the market for being honest, approachable, and pragmatic, which are qualities instilled in every member of the Sanderson Weatherall team. By recruiting talented and ambitious individuals, we continue to make our business successful, offer outstanding customer service and continue to grow by opening new offices around the UK We value you as a colleague and offer each member of our team on-going training and career development to support you in reaching your full potential. Support staff As a member of the support team, you will enjoy a varied working life and your bright ideas will not go unnoticed. We look for exceptional technical skills but also the right personal qualities such as enthusiasm, dedication and the ability to offer exceptional support to the professional teams. Graduates Our graduate and undergraduate recruits are entered onto our formal training programme, which is well recognised in the market. You will receive broad based experience across a range of disciplines coupled with training courses and team study. As part of preparing you for the APC, you’ll take part in structured training, mock interviews and receive advice from external consultants on presentation and interview skills. Qualified professional staff We are always interested in meeting experienced, talented driven individuals who can enhance our team. If you relish the opportunity to developing new ideas and business, and have the ability to build strong relationships with current and future clients, you will fit in well at Sanderson Weatherall. Your role will be strongly performance driven. For more information about joining Sanderson Weatherall, browse the current opportunities below, or contact our HR department by emailing recruitment@sw.co.uk

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