Simon Quinton Smith entered the chartered surveying profession in 1979 and worked in London as a commercial property agent. He covered all aspects of commercial property to include property valuations and the acquisitions, disposal and lettings of offices and industrial units.
In 1986 he moved out of London to join Chancellors based in Reading. Here he worked with senior partner Tony Edwards who was one of only two specialist garden centre and horticultural valuers in the United Kingdom.
He became interested in this niche market and enjoyed dealing with businesses and property rather than just property and asked Edwards to teach him how to value them to enable him to acquire and dispose of them for their clients.
When Chancellors sold out to Hogg Robinson, Quinton Smith moved to Camberley to work for Carson & Company and much of the garden centre work followed him.
Like many other Chartered Surveying companies in the late 1980s, Carson & Company were also sold to a major corporate and this event prompted Quinton Smith to start his own business.
At the end of 1989 he set up Quintons Commercial and continued to work within the garden centre and horticultural sector as well as undertaking general commercial property work within Newbury. Twenty five years on, the Newbur- based commercial property practice chartered surveyors incorporates Quinton Edwards and Quintons Commercial.
Quinton Edwards offers property and business advice to the garden centre and horticultural industry in the UK and into Europe whereas Quintons Commercial deal with all aspects of commercial property within Newbury and West Berkshire and is run by co-director Shane Prater.
Quinton Edwards deals with small nurseries and plant centres to large garden centres; his largest agency deal being £28 million.
He said: "It has been a pleasure to work with so many business owners over the past 25 years and without them we would not have a business. Being a small independent practice gives us flexibility to provide a personal and friendly but professional service".
Quintons Commercial employ eight members of staff, including Mandy Prince who joined 25 years ago.
Quinton Smith is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Registered Valuer. Over the last year he has carried out 98 valuations of garden centres, nurseries and other horticultural businesses totalling £268 million.
He offers free nursery and landscaping property advice to HTA members through the HTA advice lines. He has also been involved in the industry charity Greenfingers and more recently has been appointed the chairman of the fundraising committee for the charity.
He said he appreciated the many congratulatory messages received from clients around the country and that Quinton Edwards look forward to the next 25 years of service to the garden centre and horticultural industries.