The Charles White Timeline

Although we were founded back in 1840 by Charles White the 1st we’re anything but old-fashioned.  Throughout our history we have constantly adapted to what’s going on round about us, discerning specific needs of people to offer the best possible service to our clients. We’ve reacted quickly to changing times and have collected some stories along the way, here’a few things that have happened over the years…

  • 1840

    Charles White (the 1st!) starts working in Edinburgh.  Incidentally the building of the Scott Monument started this year too.


  • 1960

    Charles White the 4th let a cornershop on Buccleuch Street to a young Tom Farmer with the words ‘don’t let me down’.  Sir Tom Farmer went on to found Kwik-fit, the world’s largest independent tyre and automotive repair specialists.


  • 1971

    With Sean Connery’s parents as tenants in Fountainbridge, the James Bond star caused a stir with our 2 lady members of staff when he came into the Nicolson Square office.


  • 2001

    Charles White (the 5th) sells the company and Charles White Ltd begins.


  • 2003

    A large Edinburgh property company is acquired and integrated into Charles White.


  • 2003

    We spread our wings and make inroads in Glasgow.


  • 2006

    A Glasgow property company is acquired to keep things progressing.


  • 2008

    We partner with an organisation in India and help build a school there.


  • 2009

    we take the plunge (not literally) and open an office in Belfast.


  • 2010

    It’s our 170th birthday!


  • 2011

    A Belfast property company is acquired and we move into a nice new office in Belfast city centre.


  • 2012

    We decide to focus entirely on block management and sell our letting business.


  • 2013

    After over 40 years in Morningside we move to a new office at Haymarket.


  • 2016

    Launch of the newly improved Charles White Portal along with a Charles White App, providing our clients with instant and convenient access to key account information, aligned to our vision of service excellence.


  • 2017

    The specialist in-house support team has been strengthened to include Property Surveyors working together with our Architectural Manager to deliver value added property maintenance expertise.


1840

Charles White (the 1st!) starts working in Edinburgh.  Incidentally the building of the Scott Monument started this year too.


1960

Charles White the 4th let a cornershop on Buccleuch Street to a young Tom Farmer with the words ‘don’t let me down’.  Sir Tom Farmer went on to found Kwik-fit, the world’s largest independent tyre and automotive repair specialists.


1971

With Sean Connery’s parents as tenants in Fountainbridge, the James Bond star caused a stir with our 2 lady members of staff when he came into the Nicolson Square office.


2001

Charles White (the 5th) sells the company and Charles White Ltd begins.


2003

A large Edinburgh property company is acquired and integrated into Charles White.


2003

We spread our wings and make inroads in Glasgow.


2006

A Glasgow property company is acquired to keep things progressing.


2008

We partner with an organisation in India and help build a school there.


2009

we take the plunge (not literally) and open an office in Belfast.


2010

It’s our 170th birthday!


2011

A Belfast property company is acquired and we move into a nice new office in Belfast city centre.


2012

We decide to focus entirely on block management and sell our letting business.


2013

After over 40 years in Morningside we move to a new office at Haymarket.


2016

Launch of the newly improved Charles White Portal along with a Charles White App, providing our clients with instant and convenient access to key account information, aligned to our vision of service excellence.


2017

The specialist in-house support team has been strengthened to include Property Surveyors working together with our Architectural Manager to deliver value added property maintenance expertise.


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