The 36th Grampian Industrialist of the year was named as James Barrack.

The annual event organised by Junior Chamber International (JCI) Aberdeen recognises outstanding commercial success. Mr Barrack, 45, is chairman and managing director of Knight Property Group and Chess Group.

JCI Aberdeen President David Derbyshire said: “James has led and grown Knight Property Group and Chess Group over a 15-year period, both organically and through joint venture. James represents the importance and strength of family businesses in the north-east economy, which is a great tradition of this award. In his business achievements, as well as his commitment to the Prince’s Trust in Scotland, James represents what the Grampian Industrialist Award is all about.”

“I am delighted. Above all, this is recognition of the hard work and long-term commitment of the team at Knight and Chess over many years. It also highlights the importance of property develop- ment in the local economy, as an enabler of growth for other sectors.”



Knight Property Group was named “Developer of the Year” at the prestigious Scottish Property Awards 2009 hosted by Property Week in Edinburgh.

Knight Property Group contested the title alongside some of the country’s biggest names in property, namely BAM Properties (formerly HBG Properties), Buccleuch, Macdonald Estates, Premier Property Group and Scottish Widows.

Deals were concluded during the period with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company – Taqa Bratani, Bristow Helicopters, Total E+P, Seabrokers, Eurocopter, BlueSky Business Space and Fugro Improv. Furthermore, both the single largest office letting and private sale were concluded by Knight Property Group at its Westpoint Business Park development.

James Barrack added: “Everyone at Knight Property Group is proud and honoured to receive this accolade which was voted for by fellow professionals in the industry.

We would like to thank all our tenants, property agents, professionals, contractors and suppliers who have worked closely with us over this time and helped make this award a reality.”

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