National estate agency chain Hunters has re-started franchising off some its group-controlled branches to staff after initially starting the process just before the Covid pandemic struck.
The company says its branch in the thriving market town of Wetherby has now transferred from direct control and will now be run by former regional sales manager Justin Johnson, who is now the area franchisee (pictured with his team, orange tie).
Johnson has been with the company for ten years and before that worked for Coalters, also in Wetherby, which was recently acquired by Linley & Simpson.
Hunters’ CEO Glynis Frew says there is currently a “window of opportunity for some estate agency branches to convert to franchise offices giving leader teams the chance to flourish”.
In February the company said within its final results that it had opened 20 franchised branches during 2019 but that it had franchised off its first group-controlled branch in February “to limit our dependence and management focus on the group sales market”.
“Despite an interesting year of unexpected challenges, we are positively optimistic and are as committed as ever to our branches and our people,” says Frew.
“At Hunters we believe it is right that we own some of its our own branches, so that we can test various initiatives before proposing them to the wider network – and it is also important that we are invested in both the ups and downs with our fellow agents.
“However, we do want to be able to offer new opportunities within the company and it is vital that we adhere to our mission ‘to give our people the opportunity to grow”.