Jobs enhance for Leeds as constructing and venture consultancy Paragon opens workplace

Paragon Directors Robert Simpson (left) and James OnionsParagon Directors Robert Simpson (left) and James Onions

Paragon’s new office is located on Avenue HQ on East Parade and is headed by director and partner Robert Simpson, who has been with the consulting firm for six years and lives in Leeds

Paragon was founded in 2009 and has around 140 employees and offices in London, Esher, Manchester, Bristol and Edinburgh.

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A spokesperson said: “Prior to joining Paragon, Robert was an Associate Director in the Leeds office of global real estate services company Colliers International for 12 years.

“Robert was assisted in the new office by Tom Pitt, a senior building surveyor who was also hired by Paragon six years ago.

“They will be assisted in the expansion of the Leeds office by the Head of Paragon’s Manchester office, director and shareholder James Onions, who is also based in Leeds. Leeds office is expanding.”

“The office is opening in a direct response to growing customer demand and new opportunities for Paragon across Yorkshire. The consultancy’s local clients include Legal & General, Select Group, APAM, Landsec, Northwood and Kinrise.”

Commenting on the opening of the office, Robert Simpson said, “Our work in Yorkshire has grown in both volume and scope, so it makes perfect sense for us to open an office in Leeds.

“We have built a solid reputation for providing straightforward and straightforward commercial advice, so we will continue to grow our business in Yorkshire on this solid foundation.”

Projects advised by Paragon in Yorkshire include the recently completed £ 7.5m redevelopment of 1 City Square in Leeds for APAM and the £ 250m expansion of Thorpe Park Business Park, also in Leeds, for Legal & General.