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What are the prospects for the property sector in Yorkshire and Humber?

The feel good factor is returning and entrepreneurs like ourselves are feeling confident to move forward and invest heavily.

What is the best project you have been involved in?

The transformation of our family business Towndoor has been a project in itself. Over the last three years the company has completely been turned upside down and re-modelled from the bottom up. From rebranding and marketing, to some fresh blood in the form of a new team, bespoke offices and massive investment throughout our property portfolio, no stone has been left unturned.

What is your favourite building in the region and why?

The Hepworth museum in Wakefield which opened in May 2011, sited alongside the river Calder is really quite unusual given its raw and unfinished look.

If you could change one thing to improve the property industry in this region, what would it be?

Without a doubt the availability of credit needs improvement to allow developers and landlords to grow and start to cater for demand which is certainly picking up pace over the last six-12 months. At present all 90-plus of our units are fully let with daily enquiries. We need more space to develop or let, and need it now.

Who has inspired you?

My father Stuart Bamforth. He was an inspiration to all who were lucky enough to have known of him during his short life.

From starting a scrap yard business with men working for him in his teens, to motorsport promotion, to building, to engineering, to owner of a stadium, to a world champion stock car driver, to the owner of Belle Vue Aces the speedway team owner and finally, commercial property development in the form of Towndoor, he did it all.

This he had achieved by his mid-40s. A truly incredible man, all built from nothing – just a lot of hard work, blood, sweat and tears. I have some big shoes to fill.