Countrywide, the UK’s largest integrated property services group, has significantly increased its regional footprint in Merseyside and South Wales by acquiring three major new independent estate agents.
The company has completed the acquisitions of Sutton Kersh and Clive Watkin estate agents in Liverpool, along with John Francis in South Wales.
The three deals adds over 300 employees and 39 branch locations to Countrywide’s new retail business unit, which brings together the sales and lettings businesses to create a seamless customer-facing experience.
Clive Watkin Partnership operates a network of 15 estate agency and letting branches across Liverpool and the Wirral, as well as a land and new homes operation, while Sutton Kersh, established in 1976, now has six multi-discipline branches across Liverpool, providing a wide range of services covering residential sales, lettings and property management, commercial property, auctions, mortgages, surveys, valuations, and energy performance assessments.
John Francis operates a 21 branch network covering Swansea and South Wales, which serves all aspects of the property market, including services in residential sales and lettings, commercial sales, auctions, new homes and financial services.
“We are delighted and excited to have joined the UK’s largest property services group. John Francis is a strong brand and a well know business in Swansea and across South Wales, and as part of Countrywide we believe that the business will continue to flourish and grow. The business will continue to trade as normal across our branch network and our employees will continue to deliver a high quality customer service as always,” said John Francis Director Bethan Edmund–Harper.
As part of Countrywide plc, all three acquired businesses will continue to operate as normal under their brand names, but will benefit from the Group’s shared marketing services, property market insight due to economies of scale and shared services from local agency brands.
Sam Tyrer, Managing Director for retail at Countrywide, said, “We have a unique ability to grow businesses by ensuring they operate autonomously, retain their local heritage and benefit from our ongoing investment and support.
“This is an exciting period for Countrywide as the growth of our retail business unit continues to be a major focus in our plan to double the size of Countrywide over the coming five years.”