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publication date: Oct 17, 2011
Brompton’s new CITY office
Brompton Ltd, specialists for prime Central and West London is launching a new concept in the property world by opening a consultancy office in the City, dedicated to those working in the Square Mile and Canary Wharf.
The office will make it easier for people to visit and discuss buying/selling/renting properties in the Knightsbridge, Belgravia and Chelsea and Kensington areas either to live in or as an investment.
With their background in the City, senior management Ian Shelley and James Baring realised that work pressures and time constraints make it difficult for people to visit property consultants in West London. Brompton’s new service office in the City bridges this gap bringing properties in Knightsbridge, Chelsea and Belgravia to the doorstep of City workers and investment bankers, the prime purchasers of properties in these areas.
Ian Shelley (above right), MD at Brompton Ltd, says, “As former City workers we understand the difficulties facing people wanting to buy in West London. So we have opened a new office to bring our discreet, personalised service to them based on years of experience and knowledge.”
Faron Sutaria opens in Camden
Faron Sutaria is extending its branch network across London, opening a new office in Camden, which will offer sales and lettings services. Situated in a prime location in NW1, it is equidistant from the three main areas it will cover, Regent’s Park, Primrose Hill and Camden. As part of the office launch, Faron Sutaria is offering a zero per cent introductory sales fee.
Faron Sutaria’s new Camden office will be run by Branch Manager Polly Ogden(left), who says, “I am very excited to be joining Faron Sutaria and launching its Camden office as the company expands. Faron Sutaria is a young, dynamic company which is a good fit for the vibrancy of Camden”.
Ben Taylor, MD adds, “This is Faron Sutaria’s first office outside West London and is the start of a wider expansion plan across the Capital. We have chosen Camden as geographically the location covers a diverse range of properties across all sectors of the market”.
Chancellors 46th branch
The Chancellors Group of estate agents has announced the acquisition of its 46th branch, located in Camberley, Surrey.
The Chancellors Group have taken on the long established residential sales and lettings arms of the independently owned Chancellor & Sons and are pleased to welcome back a branch that has over 200 years of history and a relationship with the Chancellors Group dating back to 1855.
This is the Group’s third branch opening in 18 months and is a fantastic step for their ongoing expansion plans since the launch of their new branding in 2010.
Robert Scott-Lee, MD, says “It is a very exciting time for us to be acquiring new offices and expanding in territories where we believe we can deliver fantastic service to many new customers.” Our new office will be strongly supported by our well established teams in Lightwater and Sunningdale and I have high expectations for the development of the business and the increase in market share across Surrey that the addition of Camberley will help us achieve.”
Winkworth relocates HQ
Winkworth has relocated its head office to new premises in Mayfair. The company is now at 11 Berkeley Street, W1, just two streets from Curzon Street, where Winkworth originally had its head office when it first opened in 1835. Dominic Agace, CEO, decided to move staff from Hammersmith to larger, more central premises in Mayfair.
“Following our recent growth and the successful launch of our Country House and Winkworth International departments it is great to be moving back to our roots, centrally located for our international and prime London clients.”
Spicerhaart acquires Brooks
Spicerhaart has completed the acquisition of Brooks, an independent agency in Stoke Newington, North London and a mainstay of the area for over 25 years.
The branch will be rebranded as Brooks – in association with Felicity J Lord. All of the remaining staff have been retained by Spicerhaart. Brooks is the second acquisition by Spicerhaart in as many months in North London, following the purchase of Islington-based Thomson Currie, subsequently rebranded as Felicity J Lord. In the last 12 months alone, Spicerhaart has bought no fewer than half a dozen companies nationally as part of an ongoing acquisition strategy by the multi-award winning company.
Paul Smith (left), CEO of Spicerhaart says, “The acquisition of Brooks reaffirms our position as the most active independent estate agency group in London. I am confident that with the backing of Spicerhaart, and in particular the Felicity J Lord brand, Brooks will continue to play its part in the development of Stoke Newington into one of the most sought after areas
Hamptons In In ternational expands
Hamptons International is expanding its network across the South of England. In July the agent opened new offices in Bath, Farnham, Oxford, Gerrards Cross, Marlow and Muswell Hill.
Hamptons is reviewing a number of opportunities for further expansion in 2011 and into 2012, which will see it expand from its existing network of branches, which span as far west as Bristol and south to Brighton and Hove. In Muswell Hill, Hamptons will establish a new Sales and Lettings branch to complement the St John’s Wood, Hampstead and Islington offices.
In Bath and Farnham, Hamptons International will establish a Lettings business for the first time to complement its Sales presence in both areas.In Oxford, a new branch has opened to accommodate its existing Sales teams whilst a Lettings operation will open in Summertown for the first time. In Gerrards Cross, Hamptons International has acquired another agent’s office, and introducing a Lettings team. Finally, in Marlow, Hamptons is moving to larger, more prominent offices.
Marc Goldberg, Head of Sales says, “We are reviewing a number of options for expansion this year in order to maximise market potential. With the lettings market surging across the country, our immediate priority has been to meet a demand for a lettings presence in certain areas across our network. The sales market is also performing extremely strongly in our sector of the market and we are looking to capitalise on this in strategic locations. We intend to grow up and out from our existing network to create a strong hold across the South of England.”
New Firm of Chartered Surveyors
HW Dean & Son Ltd. has recently been created by Anthony Dean, a qualified third generation chartered surveyor from Cambridge. His family have been surveyors for nearly 100 years, his grandfather Henry William Dean was once a managing partner of Bidwells but went on to set up his own practice before being joined by his son John Dean. The family firm was known as HW Dean and was well known as land agent, managing country estates and horse racing establishments and studs. Anthony has named his firm out of respect for his grandfather and father.
HW Dean & Son Ltd, primarily undertakes residential and commercial property management services, but also offers a broad range of additional services including land agency, investment, development, planning and professional.
Anthony has returned to the UK having been a director of Jones Lang LaSalle and before that DTZ Debenham Tie Leung in China. He explains, “In many respects I’ve never left as I’ve been involved in a number of investment transactions whilst away including commercial office buildings in Cambridge and land in Luton.
“The new firm combines international corporate property experience with residential property and land agency, which effectively delivers a commercial approach to a distinctly British estate management service. We only have senior staff so our clients’ needs are entirely taken care of at a senior level and we are firmly based on the principles laid down by my grandfather and father – that property is personal.”
Taylors in Milton Keynes
Taylors has opened a new estate agency and lettings branch in the busy Milton Keynes hub of Kingston, bringing their total number of branches in the Milton Keynes area to eight.
Part of Countrywide, the first Taylors branch opened in 1973, in Stony Stratford. Now there are 59 Taylors branches covering the south of the UK, employing around 300 highly trained estate agency, lettings and mortgage consultants.
Peter Wallace, MD of Countrywide’s estate agency offices across Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire & Hertfordshire, comments, “We are very excited to be expanding the strong high street presence of Taylors in such a prime area in Milton Keynes. The vibrant central Kingston location is perfectly placed to meet the increased volume of local demand the Milton Keynes branches have been experiencing and we are delighted to be expanding our footprint in an area of growth.”