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What downturn? Connells to recruit 250 more agents with more later

Agency says jobs will be at Connells and Sequence branches with more roles for other brands later on.

Nigel Lewis


Connells has revealed a significant new recruitment drive to create 250 new roles across most of its 600-branch business including at this own and Sequence offices.

The company has also said the initiative is a commitment to the high street model and that online-only has no value with consumers, and claimed that agencies who have embraced ‘hubs’ have not done well.

Connells says the first tranche of new jobs will be across the full range of estate agency roles, and is part of a plan to grow the business, increase market share and show its commitment to the its high street branch network.

Its Group Estate Agency Chief Executive, David Plumtree (pictured), says Connells has ‘a fierce ambition for even bigger and better things’.

“This significant investment in people forms a key part of our plan to further increase our market share, plus affirms our commitment to our high street branch operation.

“It is clear to us that those agents who skilfully combine traditional agency, allied with great branch staff with local knowledge and who are supported by smart tech, are those who are thriving.

Online only

“Recent years have shown that vendors see no value in using online only agents, and those agents who have closed branches in favour of a hub strategy have lost market share in so doing.

“For us at Connells Group it is all about our people. Many firms push the message that their people are their greatest asset yet don’t back up those words when the going gets tough.

“As a consequence of the way in which we supported our people, as well as our unstinting commitment to traditional agency, we don’t anticipate any difficulty in filling these newly created roles.”

Read more: Connells latest on its Countrywide takeover plans.

Picture: Express & Star

November 24, 2020

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