Leading North East agency unveils third acquisition in six months

Pattinson has acquired family firm NS Bennett following hotly on the heels of two other recent purchases taking it to 28 branches.

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Leading North East agency Pattinson has just completed its third acquisition in the past six months, as the firm expands its branch network.

The group has taken over of NS Bennett Estate Agents after deals for Ryedales in Cramlington, and Browns in Stockton and Norton, and it brings the firm’s network to 28 branches

NS Bennett is a local family-run company, founded in 1961, which has been operating for more than 50 years in its core areas of Stanley, Consett, Durham and Chester-Le Street. Owner Stephen Bennett is now going to retire.

This is another great addition for us as a company as a whole.”

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Justin Beckwith, Group MD, Pattinson

Justin Beckwith, Group MD at Pattinson, which was founded in 1977 by Keith Pattinson, says: “This is another great addition for us as a company as a whole, as well as for our sales, lettings and commercial departments!

“We have 27 branches spanning across the North East, and this 28th Pattinson branch gives us a presence in Stanley central.”

Stephen Bennett - NS Bennett
Stephen Bennett, Retiring Owner, NS Bennett

Bennett says: “I would like to reassure all our existing customers, whether sellers and/or landlords, that they will continue to receive a high level of service without inconvenience or disruption.

“For clients, I anticipate that there will be very little change as the existing teams will continue to look after you under the Pattinson brand.”

Pattinson has been operating for 30 years as a diversified agency business, offering a traditional sales arm and property management services, but its auction service took off when it went online in March 2020, in response to the outbreak of the Covid pandemic and lockdown.


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