Prop-search commercial property

About Us is a firm of commercial property specialists and chartered surveyors with offices in Northampton, Wellingborough and Milton Keynes covering Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire and the East Midlands.

We specialise in providing holistic advice on commercial property, including general agency (acquiring, letting & selling), development, investment, rating, rent review, valuation, building surveying, building insurance and property management through

Traditionally, property agents focus on their client base, giving applicants less attention. We differ in that we focus heavily on applicants and their specific requirements.

The internet is fast becoming the favoured medium for searching for commercial property and Prop-Search is focused on making life easier for applicants.

We have staff dedicated to qualifying visitors to our website on a daily basis. We endeavour to contact every person who registers on our website within 48 hours to see if they are interested in an appointment to view – if they are not, then we try and establish what they didn’t like and what they are looking for, so that we can offer alternatives. If we can’t help, we keep in touch.

Our dedicated professional team have over a hundred years of combined regional market experience acting for a wide range of public and private sector clients including investors, developers, major funds, Local Authorities and occupiers

The company was established in September 2008 and within just two and a half years, was recognised by Estates Gazette (EGi) as the Most Active Agent / Deal Maker in Northamptonshire winning the awards in 2011 and then again in 2012/2013/2014/2015 & 2017.

Since 2008, we have completed over 2,100 commercial property transactions and carry an average annual portfolio of circa 300 properties.

All our staff are experienced, enthusiastic, innovative and loyal. We pride ourselves on offering clear, accurate, straight forward and honest advice – and we know our market inside out.

Simon Toseland (Director)

Simon Toseland


Simon started his commercial property career with commercial property consultants Wilson & Partners in 1986. He stayed with the company through its evolution into Connell Wilson, working in London Docklands between 1991 and 1993 and then later (as a Director) heading up the North Northamptonshire region for Lambert Smith Hampton. He joined Underwoods as a Partner in 1998 subsequently founding Prop-search in 2008.

Simon has Chaired the Wellingborough Town Centre Partnership for a number of years and was instrumental in establishing the Wellingborough Town Centre BID. He is also Senior Vice President and Ambassador for Wellingborough Chamber of Commerce, a Board Director of River Nene Regional Park CiC and an Envoy for SEMLEP.

Simon specialises in advising on commercial property development, investment and agency.

Ian Harman (Director)

Ian Harman BSc (Hons) MRICS


Ian joined the surveying practice of Lambert Smith Hampton (then Connell Wilson) in 1989 working his way up the corporate ladder to become a Director and Head of its Industrial and Logistics department in Northampton. In 2012 Ian joined Prop-Search as a Director where he jointly heads up the Northampton office.

Ian has over 20 years development consultancy and agency experience and with expert market knowledge, he is able to provide clear pragmatic market driven advice. He deals with a wide range of agency and professional work on behalf of a range of developers, local authorities, institutional fund and occupier clients.

Samantha Jones

Samantha Jones MCIPR MCIJ

Associate Director

Samantha has detailed knowledge of the UK's commercial property market - amassed over 20+ years - and has played a key role in business space agency (industrial, office, retail and licensed and leisure property). She joined the surveying team practice of Lambert Smith Hampton (then Wilson & Partners and latterly Connell Wilson) in 1988 and prior to joining Prop-Search in 2010 worked for Underwoods. Samantha is also a Director of the Wellingborough Town Centre Partnership.

In 2012, 2013 and 2014 she was crowned EGi dealmaker of the year for Northamptonshire, having sold or let more commercial properties than any other agent.

Rosie Bowers

Rosie Bowers

Web enquiry administration

Rosie joined Prop-Search in 2009 and is responsible for web-site management including contacting all applicants in order to qualify their interest.

She also works closely with David Robbins on Prop-Manage instructions including rent collection and reconciliation, administration of service charge obligations and preparation of revenue and expense summaries.

Chris Billson (Director)

Chris Billson


Chris joined Underwoods in 2000 as an agency surveyor, having worked in business to business sales for 20 years and building up an enviable working knowledge of the Northamptonshire business community. In recognition of being a key member of the business space team, he was promoted to an Associate Partner in 2006. In 2008, Chris co-founded Prop-Search with Simon Toseland.

Richard Baker (Director)

Richard Baker BSc (Hons) MRICS


Richard started his career as a graduate surveyor in the City office of GVA Grimley (now GVA) in 1999.

In 2004 Richard moved home to Northamptonshire and joined the Industrial and Logistics team at the Northampton office of Lambert Smith Hampton, progressing to Director and played a key role in the development of the business across the region.

In 2012 Richard joined Prop-Search as a Director where he jointly heads up the Northampton office. Richard has significant experience working for local, national and International occupiers, developers and institutional pension funds specialising in investment, development and agency – both disposals and acquisitions.

David Robbins

David Robbins BSc MRICS

Head of Property Management

David started his property career as an assistant surveyor with British Gas, then joined Whitbread as an Estates Manager responsible for the Thresher portfolio and Costa Coffee. In 2002 he became the Estates and Facilities Director for First Quench Retailing Ltd responsible for the portfolio of 2000 trading properties as well as both commercial and residential sub-let estates. In 2006 David was recruited as an interim Estates Manager by the Borough Council of Wellingborough, responsible for substantially increasing rental income through the active management of a number of industrial estates. He joined Prop-Manage in 2011 as Head of Management.

Sue Harman (Administrator)

Sue Harman


After nearly 20 years working in administration & management Sue moved to with the opening of the Northampton office to become office manager. Sue is responsible for the day to day running of the Northampton office including website enquiry management, administration and accounting.

Prop-search Northampton
14 Queensbridge
Tel: 01604 492 000
Prop-search Milton Keynes
Luminous House
300 South Row
Milton Keynes
Tel: 01908 63 00 66
Prop-search Wellingborough
Venture Court
2 Debdale Rd
Tel: 01933 22 33 00
Prop-manage Property Management
Venture Court
2 Debdale Rd
Tel: 0845 388 2468