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Artisan strengthens Cowgill's link

28th May 2008

Artisan Property Group, the Manchester based mixed-use development and construction specialist, has strengthened its service offering with the appointment of Cowgill Holloway partner Stuart Stead as finance director.
Stuart will oversee financial procedures for the group and provide strategic advice to Artisan’s future development plans. Stuart takes on this role alongside his current position as partner at North West accountancy firm, Cowgill Holloway.
Artisan Property Group is an independent property development company specialising in urban regeneration, with a turnover of about £60m.  Founded in 1990 by owner, chairman and chief executive Carol Ainscow, the company has an enviable portfolio of completed projects and a current £700m+ programme of major developments in Manchester, Liverpool, Huddersfield, Bradford and Sheffield.
Stuart Stead said: “Cowgill Holloway have been by Carol’s side from day one helping her start out, grow her property portfolio, launch Artisan and expand her business into the leading developer it is today.  During this time, I’ve had the chance to work closely with Carol and the team at Artisan, and I’m confident that this experience will play an integral role in helping us to develop and grow the relationship further. My new position with Artisan will also enable me to enhance my understanding of the property industry and will assist me in my role as a partner at Cowgill Holloway.”
Carol Ainscow, founder and owner of Artisan, commented: “Artisan is pleased to welcome Stuart to the role of finance director.  Both he and Peter Cowgill have been trusted advisors for many years and are renowned for their work within the North West financial and professional services community.  We are certain Stuart will become a valuable member of the team and we look forward to furthering our relationship with him and Cowgills in the future.”
Notes for editors

The name Artisan is synonymous with urban living spaces and the company still creates innovative places to live, but over almost 20 years, inspirational founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Carol Ainscow has applied her visionary approach across the whole property market.
Recognition of the company’s integrity, together with a longstanding reputation for quality, reliability and predictable delivery has seen Artisan quietly grow into one of the UK’s most diverse and experienced property groups.
Now best known for the delivery of large mixed-use developments, often in designated regeneration areas or places with the greatest strategic, social and economic need – Artisan is seen as a strong, flexible and much sought after partner, by both the public sector and other developers
Despite the move from niche residential specialist to one of the most respected major developers, the Artisan philosophy remains the same – ‘How do we do this better and more imaginatively’. A refreshing challenge in an increasingly profit led sector and one that equips Artisan to meet the growing concern about affordability, good design and carbon neutral construction.
Contact – Helen Carroll 0161 233 8553 or helen.carroll@artisanh.com
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28th May, 2008
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