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AN expanding firm has launched a recruitment drive for new employees in Portsmouth.

Chartered surveyors McAndrew Martin is recruiting staff to meet the rising demand for its services.

The company is investing in additional manpower at its Fairway Business Centre offices in Portsmouth as the economy and its business fortunes continue to improve in 2015.

Director Ian Lee said: ‘After a record 2014, bringing new blood into the business will help us maintain our momentum as we continue to expand.’

The firm, which was a finalist at The News Business Excellence Awards last month, is looking to take on 10 employees to add to its team of 24.

It is seeking to employ apprentices, chartered surveyors and property asset data taggers to carry out inventories at properties and provide property services support.

‘We have a strong record of developing young talent so it is particularly pleasing to be able to employ more apprentices,’ said Mr Lee.

Its new apprentices will follow a building construction path with the opportunity for the right apprentice to move into chartered surveying.

They will come hot on the heels of accounting technician Kimberley Gaston, Bruce Scott and chartered surveyor Lee Sargeant who all started at the firm as trainees.

The company which includes architectural design, mechanical and electrical engineering, conservation, land and property development and design among its services, saw a 40 per cent rise in demand for chartered surveys in 2014, its 25th anniversary year.

‘It is the perfect time for us to enter the next exciting phase of our growth as demand sharpens for our wide range of expert services and as the economy gets into its stride following the great recession,’ said Mr Lee.

McAndrew Martin expanded in 2014 with takeovers of Fareham-based Brunel Design Group and Cosham-based Veness Chartered Surveyors, developing its client base to include the Ministry of Defence, Interserve, Debut, universities, schools, health authorities and private clients of all sizes.

The growth follows encouraging economic figures revealed in the recent Budget by Chancellor George Osborne.

They included upgraded growth forecasts for 2015 from 2.4 per cent to 2.5 per cent and from 2.2 per cent to 2.3 per cent for 2016.