In Wake Of Tragedy


But the Manchester way is to make it yourself.

Tony Walsh delivered an impassioned poem to thousands at Albert Square in midst of the tragic events that befell the city on the 22nd of May. Horrific stories of lives lost and children separated filled the media storyline, and our great city was placed at the forefront of the global eye for reasons none of us would have wanted.

Yet even amidst one of the city’s darkest hours, the strength of the human spirit shone through. Taxi drivers filled ranks to provide free lifts for those in need, hotels gave rooms away, hospitals rallied full of volunteers, and everywhere the community rose to stand in solidarity with the victims and their families. The very next day, life cracked on in the heart of a city shaken by tragedy.

“Despite the appalling events at the Mcr Arena last night, the city is open for business. Those people trying to sow fear will not succeed,” read the Tweet from the Mayor the day after the incident.

Defiance is perhaps the best word to define Manchester’s people. Even now it’s business as usual in the city streets. Some may call it a cold, careless response; but they do not understand the Mancunian way. Manchester’s reaction to the concert bombings shows a unified spirit that cannot be broken. Hiding indoors and stopping our usual routine is exactly what terrorism aims to affect. The wicked, extreme acts of a few are meant to strike fear in the many.

But not here, not on Deansgate or anywhere else. Go outside and you will find a city thriving, defiant to terrorism. The victims of May 22nd are honored in the spirit of Manchester’s people, in their courage to move forward and to stand together against an act meant to divide us all. This is our city. This is Manchester.


Interested in donating to the victims and their families? The Manchester Evening News has teamed up with the British Red Cross to launch a spectacular fundraising campaign:



Refurbishment Completed at Hardmans Mill

Crystal Hurstwood are delighted to announce their recently completed refurbishment at Hardmans Mill. The works include extensive decorative work throughout, adding a modern finish to the historically quaint building. New break out facilities with free wi-fi have been added on each floor, making the location even more appealing for business owners.

Located just outside of Rawtenstall town centre, this iconic building offers convenient positioning with access to both Manchester via the M66 and other Lancashire towns such as Preston and Haslingden. This semi-rural location on the bank of the river Irwell is commuter-friendly, offering parking on site and 24 hour CCTV to ensure a secure environment.

Sian Hindle, Graduate Surveyor explains: “The exposed brick ceilings and fantastic location have always attracted interest in the mill. The new refurbishment allows it to now look great inside and out.”

Recently refurbished to an excellent standard, Hardman’s Business Centre offers high quality suites with a wide range of uses. Ranging from 280-10,000 square feet, rent starts from under £550 per month which includes both service charge and insurance. Each suite is newly decorated with gas central heating, additionally there are two lifts and access to meeting facilities.

Ready to start your opportunity? Contact Sian now:


Brexit: Article 50 & The Property Industry


On March 29th, Theresa May triggered Article 50, firing the starting gun on the two-year departure process from the EU. Trade talks push forward, and the topic of Brexit continues to be highly polarized across media outlets. Most reports predict a bleak outlook for the future of Britain’s economy, but what do the numbers actually say?

“The economy had already proved resilient since the Brexit vote, with growth of 0.6 pc in the quarter before and quarter after the referendum,” comments Paul Hollingsworth at Capital Economics. When asked about the outlook for future growth, Hollingsworth remains optimistic; “Upbeat consumer sentiment and continued low interest rates should ensure that household spending doesn’t slow too sharply.”

Britain’s trade balance has shown signs of improvement as well, and the fall in sterling is actually expected to aide in shrinking the trade deficit overall. Politicians may swing from one tale to the next about Brexit aftermath, but numbers do not lie. Although plodding along, GDP has grown by 1.8 pc over the year, signaling that things are beginning to stabilize.

What does this all mean for the housing market and property industry? According to Nationwide’s latest House Price Index, average prices have grown by 4.5% over the last 12 months, the same rate as in 2015. This has led to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors stating that the housing market has “settled down” since Brexit. For investors and owners alike, the forecast does not look like the end-of-the-world reporting that predicted falling sterling prices and a complete economic crash.

The machine of politics may change, but business does not. It’s a return to the norm across the industry in the U.K., and for now the Northern Powerhouse is “cracking on.”

Join Us This Saturday, April 1st! Show Home Opening in Albion Gardens, Meltham.



Join us to celebrate the opening of our two stunning new show homes. Our sales team will be onsite along with our project manager to help you find your future dream home!

**Doors open at 10 AM. A glass of fizz will be available upon request. Post Code: HD9 5JB**
With scenic backdrops to the countryside and a location in the heart of the beautiful village of Meltham, the opportunity doesn’t get much better than this. Brand new and built to last, these impressive family homes are finished from natural stone and boast a modern, comfortable interior. Mulitiple floors, spacious garages, fitted kitchens, polished en-suites and idyllic surroundings all ensure that these town homes will not last long!
We expect large numbers of attendees at this event, so please make sure you don’t miss out on this exclusive opportunity.
To find out more about the homes click HERE.
For immediate inquiries please contact:


Available Position: Sales Negotiator

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Job Listing: Sales Negotiator 


Crystal Hurstwood require a sales negotiator to work part time at their new housing development, Albion Gardens in Meltham.

The role will include welcoming visitors and potential buyers, and showing them around the homes. It would also include overseeing the general upkeep and aesthetics of the homes, ensuring it is always presentable and ready for viewing.

Experience is essential. Candidates must have excellent communication skills, be flexible and maintain a positive attitude, whilst also being smart and presentable at all times.

They must be capable of working under little to no supervision and manage their time effectively, delivering tangible results and meeting benchmarks for performance.

Sales and real estate experience are recommended.

Please send your CV and covering letter to or to the head office at; Hurstwood Holdings, Bridge Street Chambers, 72 Bridge Street, Manchester, M3 2RJ



Snapshot: A Tale of Two Sides In Salford



In Greater Manchester, business is booming. “Only two cities in the UK are growing in all directions: London and Manchester,” says David Thame, a freelance property writer who has kept a pulse on the city for over 20 years. The population is growing, getting younger, and household figures are on the rise. In the borough of Salford especially this marked expansion has been highly evident; but there are two sides to every story.

A recent report published on the 16 of February reveals that: “Salford has seen unprecedented levels of economic growth over the past five years, with £1.3bn private sector investment and £425m in the public sector.” Employment has risen by 8.3 percent, from 102,500 in 2011 to 111,100 in 2016.

Yet this progress has also revealed another side to Salford’s economic underbelly. The same report shows that “12,667 children were estimated to be living in poverty in 2016 – 23 percent, or seven in a classroom of 30.” While housing prices rise and investors continue to see gains, the number of families living in debt is also climbing. In fact, Salford ranked the 38th most indebted local authority in the country.

City mayor Paul Dennett comments: “Salford is growing with significant public and private investment. We need to connect those in low income neighborhoods to new jobs being created in the city.”

And that’s the point: there will always be winners and losers in any area of business; yet economic growth across Manchester should have a positive impact upon its communities. As it stands, the changes that have bolstered local economy have not resulted in a lessening of poverty levels for Salford. It’s a trend that needs to change, and soon.

If you’re interested in getting involved, please visit: for further information. We are northern and proud, and the well-being of everyone in our communities matter!



Ikon is Headquarter Ready


“A custom-built headquarters,” comments Sian Hindle, Graduate Surveyor for Crystal Hurstwood; “That’s exactly why we invested in it – because it provides everything a company needs from warehouse to office space, right from the start.”

Located in the already thriving Manor Park, Ikon is strategically placed in the Runcorn area, not far from the major commerce giants of Manchester and Liverpool. It has excellent road communications, connecting with the A56 and M56 respectively.

“Once the Mersey Gateway Project over the River Mersey is completed, it will provide even more transport accessibility, providing a fast link to the M62,” remarks Sian. “Manchester’s International Airport and Liverpool’s John Lennon are within a 20 mile radius, so there’s obviously a lot of transport appeal for the site.”

The property provides a total accommodation of 32,805 sq ft (3,048.60 sq m) GIA, boasting an impressive warehouse with electric loading doors, open-planned office space, meeting rooms, a canteen, and glass head office areas, Ikon immediately appeals to businesses looking to expand their reach in the Northern sectors. The site is capable of refurbishments to and can be adapted to suit occupiers specific requirements. Adjacent to established presences such as DHL, Lidl, B&M Bargains and Eddie Stobart, the Park’s track record of success is well established.

“It’s an all-in-one facility, and we’re offering it at a great value,” comments Andy Park, Managing Director for Hurstwood. The property would be ideal for end users in the online retail fulfillment centre market.

Crystal Hurstwood are working alongside WHR and Lambert Smith Hampton on the letting of Ikon.

Ready to set up your headquarters? Contact;

  •  Sian Hindle
    M: 07736 893048
  • Rupert Barron BSc (Hons) MRICS
    M: 07500 840978
  • Robert Diggle B.Sc MRICS
    M: 07979 541260

Century House Open For Opportunity

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January 19th, 2017

Crystal Hurstwood are thrilled over their recent acquisition of Century House in St. Helens. The property, located at 10 Hardshaw Street directly in the heart of the bustling Town Center, takes full advantage of its central location.

“We’re looking forward to the opportunities Century House will provide for local businesses. It’s a site that we’ve had our eye on for years, and we’re pleased that it is now ours,” says Andy Park, Managing Director for Hurstwood.

Situated right next to the town train and bus stations, Century House boasts ease of access for its prospective businesses. The front of the building opens up to an attractive pedestrian-only walk which easily connects the local shops and entertainment. Town Hall and the well known Hardshaw Street Shopping Centre are on tap as well.

“In terms of value for where you are, it doesn’t get any better than Century,” remarks Park; “We’ve already invested heavily into the building, and we’ll be offering meeting rooms and wifi breakout rooms in addition to the offices so that there is more on offer for our tenants. Those interested will find that our current offerings are very business-friendly.”

One of Century House’s many promising features is a customized coffee-shop portico attached to the pedestrian walk of shopper-friendly Hardshaw Street. “For a local service business, you couldn’t ask for better footfall,” says Chloe Ellerby, Graduate Surveyor and Head of Marketing for the St. Helens region.

Interested in an opportunity to be at the center of it all? Contact Chloe: or 0161 220 1999.

Crystal Hurstwood are looking for a new Sales Negotiator!

Crystal Hurstwood requires a sales negotiator to work part time at their new housing development, Albion Gardens in Meltham.

The role will include welcoming visitors and potential buyers, and showing them around the homes.

It would also include overseeing the general upkeep and aesthetics of the homes, ensuring it is always presentable and ready for viewing.

Experience is essential. Candidates must have good communication skills, be flexible and have a positive attitude, whilst also being presentable at all times and capable of working under little to no supervision, but delivering results.

Please send your CV and covering letter to or to the head office at; Hurstwood Holdings, Bridge Street Chambers, 72 Bridge Street, Manchester, M3 2RJ


Crystal Hurstwood sends gifts for Samaritans Purse ‘Operation Christmas Child’!



Stephen, Aimee, Julie, Chloe and Becky have all filled shoe boxes with gifts and treats for children as part of the Samaritans Purse ‘Operation Christmas Child’.





The five members of the Crystal Hurstwood team have all gone out and bought various toys, games, hygiene products and school supplies for the children who are need of a smile this Christmas. The boxes have a large impact on the children they reach, and each year the destination of these boxes change.

You can look at the journey of these boxes and how they impact the children here:

Operation Christmas Child

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