Newcastle-based, JK Property Consultants, has rebranded and launched a new website to reflect the rapidly changing and complex landscape of the property sector.

The firm, which has advised a vast range of clients in the North East and only recently supported ambitious business services specialist, UMi, on the purchase of its latest offices in Durham, was co-founded by Kevan Carrick and Jennifer Welch.

Kevan Carrick, partner, said: “The property market, through the impact of the economy and government intervention, is being disrupted greatly and going through a period of turbulence and change, which can make investors nervous. Despite the complexities that we are now seeing, there is always a way forward and our aim has always been to advise clients how to manage change within the property market, while standing by our culture and values, which are based on responsible and ethical business.

“We thought that this was a particularly important message that we had to reinforce and we believe our new branding and website reflects this very well. More than ever before, clients are identifying responsible businesses with whom to conduct business and that is where we, at JK Property Consultants, position ourselves.”

Kevan, co-founded and chaired the North East Initiative on Business Ethics. He is a director of the North East Business and Innovation Centre (BiC), a non-profit organisation to help start-ups and the growth of SMEs. He also helped provide the 140,000 square-foot ‘BiC’ in Sunderland in the late 1990s.

Kevan has been at the forefront of change from the formation of the Tyne & Wear Development Corporation and delivery of development in the mid-1980s. He has worked throughout on strategic economic regeneration and property development. More latterly, helping Mayor Ben Houchen, Tees Valley Combined Authority, to purchase Teesside International Airport.

JK Property Consultants continues to help investors, developers and occupiers, applying its local market knowledge with a national perspective, whether for development, acquisitions, lease renewals, reviews and resolving issues through dispute resolution.

Jennifer Welch worked for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in the North East and became director for North and Midlands.  She then took on a global role with the RICS and spent time operating in Asia and, latterly, as the director for Sub Saharan Africa, promoting business ethics and international standards.