A new graduate planner has been appointed to the Savills Taunton office.

Alison Murrell graduated from Birmingham University earlier this year with a 2:1 BSc in Economics and Geography and is now studying part time for a Masters in Urban Planning at UWE Bristol.

Peter Grubb, head of planning at Savills Taunton, said: “We’re committed to developing young talent through our graduate programme at Savills and are delighted to be welcoming Alison to the office.

"Alison will work with our experienced teams to develop her skills and knowledge as she progresses in the role and builds her career at Savills.”

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Since 2007, Savills has welcomed more than 700 graduates to its national programme and this year won the Times Graduate Employer of Choice for Real Estate for the 14th consecutive year.

Noel McGonigle, Savills Human Resources Director UK, says: “Savills is proud to have maintained all of its 104 graduate and sandwich placement offers for 2020 across the UK business, which is testament to the commitment and value that we put on our programme.

“In 2019, Savills recruited 127 graduates and sandwich placement students across the UK, so 2020 sees a slight reduction in numbers, however demand for graduates remains strong and we are continuing to recruit onto the programme outside of the central recruitment round.

“In light of Covid-19, the business has continued to adapt and our graduate induction this year will be a virtual learning programme, which will be interactive throughout to ensure our graduates are on-boarded into Savills effectively throughout these circumstances.”