A renewable energy specialist is jumping ahead in his career after being promoted to a fixed share partner by Fisher German in Market Harborough.
Darren Edwards, who has ridden 165 winners as an amateur jockey, will continue to be based at the Harborough office in the High Street in his new role.
The 29-year-old joined Fisher German in 2006 as a graduate surveyor and has since progressed through the company managing estates for key clients and delivering renewable energy projects for landowners.
Mr Edwards’ expertise in renewables has helped Fisher German to become one of the UK’s market leaders in consultancy work for renewable energy – one of the company’s six core sectors.
He said the renewable energy market is buoyant as farmers, landowners and businesses look for alternative sources of income and energy security.
Mr Edwards said: “I feel really privileged to have gained this promotion. I have a diverse client base ranging from a number of the UK’s prominent clearing banks to private landowning clients both locally and nationally and it is increasing.
“I undertake due diligence for some of the leading high street lenders when they are providing finance for large-scale renewable energy projects such as wind turbines or solar photovoltaic schemes.
“At a time when EU support for agriculture is uncertain and electricity and fuel costs are rising, many farmers and rural businesses are investing in alternative energy to diversify their income projects.
“This means there are many projects out there in development or in the process of being built. These customers often need to borrow money to fund their renewable energy projects because it can be a significant capital investment.
“I am currently assisting a large number of private clients across a range of renewable energy technologies, many of who are project-managing these schemes themselves.
“It is a case of assessing the feasibility and viability of the renewable technology and matching this with the client’s needs.
“It is extremely satisfying when you turn a client’s idea into reality and see the positive impact this can have on the current performance of a business and in safeguarding that business for future generations.”
Richard Sanders, a senior partner at Fisher German, said: “Darren has made a major contribution to the success of the renewables and rural sectors with his land management skills.
“He is responsible for a number of key management clients as well as being an active member of the Harborough team.
“His ability and enthusiasm bodes very well for the future of the business and despite a difficult economic climate, the firm continues to go from strength to strength and Darren’s promotion is very much part of this success.”
Matthew Pocock and Holly Richardson-Parry from the rural team in Harborough have been promoted to local partners.
For more details about Fisher German, see its website at www.fishergerman.co.uk/office/market-harborough.