Mbe For Long-Standing Client2.04.2009
Gullands congratulate long-standing commercial client, millionaire property developer, George Wilson, chairman of GW Holdings, who was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List for services to business.
Whitstable-based George Wilson has, over the past 25 years, created more than three million square feet of office and industrial space in and around Whitstable.
During his development of The Joseph Wilson Industrial Estate in Millstrood Road, the John Wilson Business Park in Thanet Way, the St Augustine’s Business Park in Tyler Way, Swalecliffe and the Chaucer Business Park in Thanet Way, Mr Wilson has had Gullands’ Partner, Tim Simmons, acting for him.
He is also behind the Lakesview International Business Park development at Hersden, extended to 50 acres, and his latest development the Estuary View Business Park in Whitstable, near the Long Reach restaurant.
GW Holdings is unquestionably the premier commercial developer in that part of Kent.
“We have had a spectrum of developments from high quality office accommodation and specialised manufacturing facilities through to 1000 sq ft starter units. We justifiably feel that we are able to accommodate the requirements of a broad market,” said Mr Wilson.
“We have a ‘customer led’ ethos, in that we provide what is required rather than what is available. Our ability to adapt to market conditions has been demonstrated on several occasions where, in order to make a deal work, we have acted as brokers matching our purchaser with a potential purchaser for their property, or even taking our purchaser’s property in part exchange.”
As to the future, The Wilson Group has got several representations within the Canterbury Local District Plan for further business parks and office developments.
Mr Wilson, has lived with his wife in the Whitstable area for 34 years. He has helped many charitable organisations over the years and is currently working with comedian Harry Hill and Age Concern to organise a new £3.5 million centre just outside Herne Bay, and with the RSPCA on a new animal centre in Chislet near Canterbury.
Tim Simmons said: “All of us at Gullands were very pleased to hear that George had been rewarded for his services to business. It is well deserved and we join in the many congratulatory messages he has received.
“We look forward to continuing working together with GW Holdings.”
Mr. Wilson said: “Tim Simmons has handled the Wilson account for a great number of years and has been involved in some very substantial financial transactions, and has established a very good working relationship with the Wilson Group.”