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Folkes Group Plc

Business Address: Folkes Holdings Ltd, Forge House, Dudley Road, Lye, West Midlands DY9 8EL

Country: England,

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About Folkes Group Plc

Folkes Holdings, which has been under family control since 1697 and is now run by Constantine Folkes specialises in commercial property development and investment in the United Kingdom and the Republic of South Africa

Folkes Holdings, which has been under family control since 1697 and is now run by Constantine Folkes specialises in commercial property development and investment in the United Kingdom and the Republic of South Africa and the provision of equity or mezzanine finance to third party property developers and landowners.

Although the group has long since focussed on property development and investment, its origins lie in engineering and it continues to own one of the largest open die forges in Europe, Somers Forge Ltd,  operating out of Halesowen, and two metal heat treatment companies also based in the West Midlands.

The group also runs a successful builders merchants in Shropshire, William Williams (Bridgnorth) Ltd.

The group was listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1953 and remained publicly traded until taken private by the family in 2002.

Who we are now

With assets of over £100m comprising industrial estates and business parks, offices, retail investments, farm land and residential properties the company has a portfolio of over 2 million square feet (186,000 sq m) of commercial buildings in and around the West Midlands conurbation and is invested in over 800,000 square feet (74,000 sq m) of retail property in the Republic of South Africa.

With significant cash resources available to support its activities, Folkes’ UK core business operations are:

  • The provision of equity or mezzanine funding for joint venture partnerships with land owners, developers and investors for project sizes of between £1 million and £100 million.
  • The development and letting of high quality industrial units from 5,000 to 100,000 square feet (465 to 9,290 sq m).
  • The development and letting of high quality offices from 5,000 to 50,000 square feet (465 to 4,645 sq m).

More recently Folkes has expanded its operation into the Republic of South Africa where its core operations are:

  • The provision of equity or mezzanine funding for joint venture partnerships with land owners, developers and investors for project sizes of between R10 million and R500 million.
  • An 85,000 sq ft (7,900 sq m) retail mall in Margate, Kwa Zulu Natal.
  • Rental property in Cape Town, catering for the high end luxury tourism market.
  • Investment in a private retail property fund with leading national retail developers. The fund comprises prime retail malls of up to 160,000 sq feet (15,000 sq m).

In the UK, our development team prides itself on developing high quality, long lasting buildings. incorporating the highest environmental standards of energy efficiency, significantly benefiting the environment and tenant running costs. We recognise that environmental and social responsibility will become increasingly important drivers of our corporate business model in the years to come.

We also work closely with existing and potential tenants in offering flexible lease terms, responsibly managed estates and a service which ensures tenant queries are dealt with promptly and efficiently.

On development funding, our finance team have a record of delivering added value for developers and landowners who require equity or mezzanine finance and senior debt facilities negotiated. Our in-house management structure enables funding and joint venture decisions on third party opportunities to be taken quickly so as to enable our developer partners to maintain momentum in moving their developments forward.

Folkes strategy is to continue to pursue growth opportunities at home and in South Africa in its established core markets.