Greenaway Scott Group appoints new Swansea head to mark ‘hugely successful’ year

By Raspberry Jim,

Multi-disciplinary business advisory firm Greenaway Scott Group has appointed a new head of its Swansea office, topping off a year of “unprecedented” growth.

Leanne Thomas, who is an associate director within the firm, has been appointed to oversee the office, lead the expanding team and continue to drive growth going forwards.

Miss Thomas has been integral to the success of the firm’s Swansea office since she joined in 2017. She is the lead advisor for many of the office’s West Wales based clients, including internationally renowned medical advisory company The Bevan Commission, and has completed numerous lucrative investment rounds and high value corporate transactions.

Since opening its Swansea office at the start of 2017, the Group, which offers bespoke corporate, commercial, employment and intellectual property advice together with corporate finance expertise provided by Group member Verde Corporate Finance has grown both its client base and team significantly.

In recent months, the Swansea team has welcomed five new recruits, taking the Group’s headcount up to over 40, and the Group has represented some of West Wales’ most innovative and growing companies.

This includes marine energy company Bombora Wave Power supporting the development of its revolutionary mWave technology, using its expertise to advise cutting-edge medical technology company Magstim, and continuing to be retained by Trade Centre Wales for the purposes of facilitating dealer/broker agreements and servicing all HR requirements.

On the office’s continued growth and her promotion, Miss Thomas said she was “delighted” to have been appointed and looks forward to leading her team on to even greater success this year.

She said: “I am extremely proud to be heading up the Swansea office and I am keen to continue to drive our strategic plan of growing and strengthening the Greenaway Scott Group.

“The West Wales office that we are building has gone from strength to strength over the past year, and relationships with our clients and businesses in the region continue to grow. The reputation of the Greenaway Scott Group is second to none and has been instrumental in our success, both in terms of acquiring new clients and recruiting talented staff.

“We have welcomed some exceptional clients from the West Wales area and numbers continue to grow.

“Thanks to the unprecedented success we’ve enjoyed this year, Greenaway Scott Group is actively considering other locations for further expansion, so watch this space. Our clients have enjoyed the synergies we can offer by working alongside Verde on a Group-wide basis and, as the only law firm in Wales which can operate as an Alternative Business Structure, we are assessing other business sectors for further diversification of our offering.

“It’s certainly a very exciting time to be part of the Greenaway Scott Group.”

Lush heading to new home in Swansea city centre

By Raspberry Jim,

Popular high street cosmetics brand Lush is heading to a new location in Swansea city centre after more than a decade in its current home.

Lush will be heading to 808 Oxford Street, which is currently vacant, following a commercial deal negotiated by retail and leisure agent EJ Hales.

The move will see Lush leave its long-time Whitewalls unit and move to the Oxford Street store, which is 1,263 sq ft with ancillary.

The new store is within the Swansea Market scheme which is being marketed by EJ Hales after being appointed joint agent with Savills, following an investment sale of the premises.

Philip Gwyther, partner at EJ Hales, said: “The new Lush store is a prime location, and was an obvious choice for the brand who were looking for new premises in the city centre.

“We know that the units in the Swansea Market area are highly beneficial to retailers. These units benefit from great space for sales and storage, as well as boasting strong, central locations. We anticipate a good level of demand for the remaining units.”

The move will now leave Lush’s current 727sq ft Whitewalls base available, along with a remaining space in Union Street, where EJ Hales have already received interest.

The Union Street premises sits near the entrance to the Quadrant Shopping Centre and boasts a 1,406 sqft ground floor sales space and two levels of storage space.

EJ Hales has been at the forefront of the South Wales commercial property market for over 80 years. The practice specialises in retail and leisure property, both in town centre and out of centre locations and advises on some of the largest developments and investment opportunities in South Wales.