TWO OF Yorkshire’s leading property and agricultural businesses have recently undergone a dynamic brand change with both now operating under the umbrella partnership Stephensons Rural LLP.

The move brings together Stephenson & Son and Boulton & Cooper and reflects a continuing commitment to embrace advancing technology, while meeting the aspirations of young surveyors to ensure both firms maintain their drive to deliver outstanding client service.

Significantly, four new talented young partners have been created and they will have key roles in the partnership which is operating as Stephensons Rural and Boulton Cooper in recognition of the heritage of both businesses.

The current four partners – James Stephenson, Richard Tasker, Edward Stephenson and Rod Cordingley - have been joined by Jack Ayres-Sumner, Henry Scott, Sarah Hogg and Juliet Drewniak. Jack runs the agricultural division at Boulton Cooper with Henry in charge of residential sales and management while Sarah is one of our senior surveyors and Juliet the financial partner both at Stephensons Rural.

A spokesperson said: “The new partnership draws upon the property, auctioneering and estate management expertise of both established businesses. Stephensons Rural is based at Murton, home of York Auction Centre -Yorkshire’s leading multi auction house and also Timber Auctions run by industry expert Oliver Combe - while Boulton Cooper is a widely respected brand with dedicated offices throughout the Ryedale region.

“Stephensons Rural has enhanced our expertise with the recent arrivals of Stewart Hamilton, Beth Dickinson and Will Pheasey joining the team.

“Stewart has a wealth of experience in rural issues, particularly farm and estates sales, Beth specialises in rural professional practice work including agri-business, valuation and landlord and tenant matters while Will a recent graduate of Harper Adams is involved in all areas of professional practice.

“Every member of Stephensons Rural and Boulton Cooper is qualified with a variety of special skills to cover the differing demands for advice arising from the ever-changing rural sector. Our rebranded and vibrant partnership will continue to look to the future and the challenges ahead for our clients.”