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DECEMBER 2010 - DODSON JONES - Property Week article


The closure of Colliers International’s Cambridge office in July meant a return to independence for Edward Dodson and Michael Jones

Having sold their consultancy, Dodson Jones, to Colliers in 2007, the pair became directors in the group. Despite having the decision to leave the group forced upon them, they are content to be going it alone again and continue to operate from their Thompson’s Lane office.

“We have always been a local business, whether under the banner of Colliers or under Dodson Jones,” says Jones, who mainly focuses on landlord and development work. The clients appreciate that and people like to see an independent company make a go of things.”

Since its re-establishment in September, the firm has been appointed to manage the national estate of tailor and academic gown maker Ede & Ravenscroft. It has shops in London, Oxford, Cambridge and Edinburgh, and wants to open in other university cities.

Dodson Jones has also been instructed to find 160,000 sq ft in the Cambridge area for high-tech companies. It is also the letting agent at Turnstone Estates’ St John’s Innovation Park in Cambridge and Convergys’s Cambourne Business Park. Rents for research space in the area are around £26.50/sq ft.

“Over the last few years banking and venture capital has been more difficult to obtain,” says Dodson, who mainly works on the occupier side.

“But there is always someone with a new idea and business to keep the market going.”