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Fast-expanding Yorkshire estate agency giant acquires another rival

Linley & Simpson, which recently joined forces with the Lomond Capital empire, has bought Sheffield lettings firm Cactus Living.

Nigel Lewis

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Yorkshire estate agency Linley & Simpson continues its buying spree with the purchase of Sheffield lettings firm Cactus Living just six months after it established itself in the ‘steel city’. This takes it to 22 branches in total.

Cactus Living, which is based in the up-and-coming former industrial area of Kelham Island, will be rebranded as Linley & Simpson and become its main branch in the city.

The Cactus team of staff will all transfer to Linley & Simpson, alongside its founder Howard Wade (main image third from right) who is also well-known locally as the founder of a famous Sheffield café, The Grind.

Wade started-up Cactus Living in 2008 as one of Kelham Island’s first lettings and property management companies, before branching out into Sheffield city centre and the suburbs of the South West.

“We are delighted to welcome Cactus Living’s clients and all its team members into the Linley & Simpson family,” said CEO of Linley & Simpson, Nick Simpson (main image, right).


“This is a great opportunity for us, allowing us to extend our footprint in Sheffield and further progress our ambition of being the number one agency in the district.

“As lockdown restrictions ease, this acquisition is a timely signal of our continued confidence in Sheffield and its all-year-round appeal as a place to live, work and study.”

Linley & Simpson opened its own offices on Queen Street in December after acquiring two local firms, Lewis Wadsworth and Sheffield Residential.

The agency is to relocate its Sheffield base from Queen Street into the bigger and more prominent offices formerly occupied by Cactus on Green Lane.

In January Linley & Simpson joined forces with Lomond Capital, which operates half a dozen estate agency brands across the UK, to form a ‘mini Countrywide’.

September 17, 2021

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