After his introduction to the property profession in 1966 in the north of England selling houses and doing the odd building survey, Richard joined Hillier Parker May & Rowden in October 1968 and for the next five years specialised in shop property throughout the north west of England.

His achievements in those years included letting the Wigan Centre on behalf of French Kier, 132 shops in the Salford City Shopping Centre on behalf of Ravenseft Properties Ltd and the Market Centre, Manchester, on behalf of Central & District.

In 1973 he moved to Holland as a partner to set up the office for Hillier Parker in Amsterdam and his brief covered all aspects of property including retail, industrial, offices, residential and investment.  However, not only did it include the Netherlands but Richard was also able to transact business in Germany, Belgium and France. In particular, he was involved in the new shopping centre built south of the bridge at Arnhem on behalf of Wilma.

He returned to the UK in 1979 and re-joined the industrial department of Hillier Parker as the partner dealing with effectively the area north of Watford.

In 1983 he established the out of town retail department at Hillier Parker and was one of the pioneers of this nascent retailing concept.  He was one of the founding members of The Out of Town Retail Agents Society (OTRAS) and became Chairman in 1996.  OTRAS is now known as Accessible Retail.

In 1994, Richard was appointed as an Expert by the President of the RICS and subsequently as an Arbitrator and continues to be actively involved in this sector of the professional market where there is a current shortage of suitably qualified Arbitrators.

In 1995, Richard purchased the Cargo Club chain on behalf of Sainsburys for a figure of £45m.  He dealt with the asset management and disposal of sites in Croydon to Castlemore Securities Ltd and Birmingham to JJ Gallagher Ltd totalling over £40m.

In 1996, Richard joined Angermann Goddard and Loyd where he continued to deal with all aspects of out of town retailing on behalf of his retained clients, Sainsburys, Homebase, Decathlon, Furniture Village and others.  He was responsible for letting the Two Rivers Shopping Park in Staines for MEPC and continued to deal with disposals on behalf of Homebase having been instructed by that company since 1992. 

He was also involved in the purchase and asset management of a portfolio of retail parks totalling over £120m which was purchased from MFI on behalf of MEPC. 

Furthermore, he was responsible for the disposal of a number of sites on behalf of Sainsburys which formed part of their non-conforming property portfolio. Notable deals include site disposals at Critalls Corner, Sidcup sold to B&Q, Lough Road, Islington sold to Arsenal Football Club and the Vicarage Works in Bath sold to Rok Developments.

In 2003, Richard set up a new firm known as Ashworth Sibal Welch (ASW) and he continued to specialise in all aspects of the property business that he had dealt with previously. 

However, in 2007 Richard decided to resign his partnership with ASW and started his present practice continuing to deal with sales, acquisitions, development and professional matters.  As a result he continues to bring with him over 50 years of experience in all aspects of the property market and looks forward to working with you.


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