KEIGHLEY has been identified as a key area for a new commercial property agency.

Richard Heslop, founder of DE Commercial, says the town and wider Airedale district is a prime focus.

He was head of Dale Eddison’s commercial property arm before the sale of the company's residential sales and lettings business to Linley & Simpson.

"The break with Dale Eddison was entirely amicable," said Mr Heslop.

"Linley & Simpson’s strength and focus is residential property, so it made perfect sense to launch DE Commercial as a stand-alone agency.

"Although a prime focus is Airedale, we have worked on successful developments across the north of England."

Schemes in which he has been heavily involved include the 150,000sqft Baildon Business Park, where record regional sales values were achieved on the commercial buildings.

DE Commercial also specialises in property management and professional services.