Colin qualified as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor having studied full time for 3 years at Leicester College of Art and Design for a Diploma in Surveying before joining Northampton Development Corporation. He spent the life of the Corporation, 15 years, as a QS taking care of the financial management of the provision of new rented housing, factory and retail units. For a period of 8 years at NDC he specialised in what, at the time, was known as Building Economics & Cost Planning.
Colin spent some time lecturing part time in Building Economics at Northampton College, and was employed in Local Government and Contracting between 1985 & 1989 before joining Deane and Amos Shopfitting Ltd as Senior Quantity Surveyor. 12 years were spent initially estimating & surveying before heading a team of surveyors involved in Fitting Out and Internal Contracting for clients such as Nationwide Building Society, BAA, and notable Fashion Houses such as Prada and Miu Miu, as well as high profile retailers Selfridges, Harrods, etc.
In 2002 Colin founded C G Bishop Associates and was employed initially by clients with whom he had made contact during the previous 12 years. As a result he specialises in fitting out, refurbishment, and Building and Condition Surveys.