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Musson Liggins are one of the UK’s foremost property surveyors in the Nottingham, Derby and Leicester regions.

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Musson Liggins, which is based on Clarendon Street, is to be bought out by Directors Graham Parkinson, David Bladen and Matthew Wade.

The three will buy the remaining shares owned by founders Stephen Musson, and Matthew Liggins, for an undisclosed sum in a move that is set to secure the future of the firm. Stephen and Matthew will become Consultants.

Stephen Musson and Matthew Liggins, who founded the company some 31 years ago, will remain working in the firm but will cease to be Directors, handing over the reins to Graham, David and Matthew. This carefully planned move should therefore see no disruption to the business; even the name will remain the same.

David said: “This has been something that we have talked about and planned for over a number of years and is a positive and deliberate succession plan that will secure the future of the business. Many businesses ignore succession planning and we are all delighted to have been able to design a new structure for the firm which works perfectly for all parties involved.

“Graham, Matt and myself have invested positively in the business and each other which sets the foundations for the foreseeable future. We are busier than ever at the moment which is a fantastic start as we make this transition.

“These are exciting times for Musson Liggins as we look to take things forward through organic growth and a drive to succeed.”

The three directors had all previously bought shares in the company, which has 12 staff. Graham has been at Musson Liggins since 1995 and has been an Equity Director for over 10 years. David is in his 10th year at the firm and has been an Equity Director for 3 years. Matt joined the firm in 2016 as an Equity Director. Therefore this process is a natural transition for the company.

David also mentioned the exciting potential of opening a second office in another city, together with further expansion plans for the business over the coming years and after a successful year in 2017, the firm continues to go from strength to strength.

Most recently the firm has been involved with the valuation of a group of hotels throughout the UK which has led to it being instructed to market two of the sites for sale as joint agents with Savills. Marketing of the two properties, in Gloucestershire and Cumbria, commenced in February 2018 at quoting prices of £1.5m per property, which will be handled by Matthew Liggins.

Stephen Musson, said: “This succession plan has been a long time in the making and both Matthew and I are looking forward to our new roles as we continue to be very much involved in the business. We wish Graham, David and Matt all the best.”

Matthew Liggins, said: “We know the future of Musson Liggins is in safe hands with Graham, David and Matt and they will continue to build on our great reputation. Stephen and I started this company more than 30 years ago and look forward to seeing it thrive over the next 30 years.”

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A NOTTINGHAM based Chartered Surveyor has defied the odds after a five year battle with testicular cancer, to become an Equity Director of a leading firm.

David Bladen (30) who is an equity director at Musson Liggins Chartered Surveyors, graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2008 and like so many people during the recession, struggled to find work. He went to work for free at the Nottingham based firm for a short period and was eventually taken on full-time.

But just a year later (aged 24), he was diagnosed with three types of testicular cancer, the illness spread to the lymph nodes in his back and after surgery he had concerns that getting back to work and starting a family could become problematic.

David underwent four grueling cycles of chemotherapy at Nottingham City Hospital and because his illness was curable and he was young and otherwise fit and well, David was given a considerably higher dosage of chemotherapy in comparison to anyone else on his ward, which kept him signed off work for six months.

David said: “Obviously it was a very difficult time for me and my family but I have never wanted to focus on my illness too much or use it for sympathy.

“After five years of check ups and scans, I was given the all clear in April this year. For me however, I prefer to remember that in those five years, I became a Chartered Surveyor, got married to my wife Natalie and had defied the odds yet again to have two beautiful children, Darcey, aged two and Alfie who is nine months old.”

April was a fantastic month for David, after being given the all clear; he joined Steve Musson, Matthew Liggins and Graham Parkinson to become an Equity Director at Musson Liggins who specialise in commercial property valuation, advice and agency predominantly throughout the East Midlands.

David, who studied Planning & Property Development, added: “I always wanted to run my own business and becoming an Equity Director was a massive commitment from me, which in turn has given me even more desire to do well personally and for the company.

“The last few years have taught me that no matter what life throws at you, if you work hard and are committed, you can be successful. Since becoming an Equity Director, I now have excellent job security which is so important when it comes to looking after my greatest success of all, my family.”

Whilst battling adversity to bounce back professionally during his illness, David also organised a number of charity events including a charity football match to raise over £20,000 for Theo’s Fund (Two year old Theo Gilman suffered from Ewing’s Sarcoma and required treatment in America). Theo’s Fund also paid for TVs and DVD players for the Children’s Cancer Ward (E39) at the QMC with money also being donated to CLIC Sargent. Musson Liggins also sponsored a charity Rugby 7’s tournament at Trent College, organised by David, to raise money for the Oncology Department at Nottingham City Hospital.