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Estate agency staff deliver the ‘wild’ dying wishes of their former boss

Chris Stops had been working on a brand refresh for his Potteries estate agency when he lost his short battle with cancer.

Nigel Lewis

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Staff at a Potteries estate agency have delivered the dying wish of its founder three months after he lost his battle against cancer.

As we reported in June, prior to that 57-year-old Chris Stops had run Heywoods Estate Agency for 30 years since taking over from his father in 1990.

Described as a ‘brilliant businessman’ by his life and business partner Janine, he married her just three weeks before succumbing to the disease on June 5th.

Prior to his death, Stops had asked his estate agency team to work on a fresh new brand for the business, which has now been delivered by Janine and her colleagues.

The new look – which launched yesterday – features a series of unusual-looking humanised animals, to represent the fact that all living creatures have a home somewhere, Janine told local media.

“The team were all aware that Chris and a small handful of the guys had been working on a new brand that would set Heywoods apart from other estate and lettings agents in the region; they certainly didn’t expect to see something so ‘wild’,” she said.

“The concept was very well received by everyone – I just wish Chris could have been here to see for himself how much we all loved it.

“We’ve really enjoyed welcoming clients and customers old and new back to Heywoods after what has been a particularly difficult time for everyone and can’t wait to see our new brand popping up on our sales and lettings boards around the city.”

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September 8, 2020

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