Winkworth has established a branch in Northampton following a five-year hiatus taking its total office tally to 106 including 62 in London and 44 outside the capital.
The new franchisee in Northampton is ‘Sunny’ or Sandeep Kooner, an established local businessman with a background running upmarket pubs and bars in the city through his company The Old Northampton Group.
His Winkworth franchise, which has already recruited a team of local estate agents, is built within a new £3 million scheme in the city that will also feature a Costa coffee shop. Sunny’s company is also developing a £10 million hotel within nearby.
His lettings manager Claire Millward told the local paper that the franchise hopes to capitalise on the large number of Londoners moving to Northampton to take buy up its cheap property; the city is just one hour and 20 minutes by train from the capital.
“Joining Winkworth is an exciting opportunity to start up a business in an industry that I love and with the support of a well-established brand behind me,” says Sunny.
“Northampton has a strong, fast-moving property market but I felt that there was a gap in the market here for an estate agent that goes above and beyond what is required for their clients. That’s why I chose Winkworth.”
But another Winkworth franchisee has quit. Its long-standing branch in Tooting, SW London has a new franchisee after its existing ones Margaret and Sharon Sandy moved on ‘to pursue other interests’ after eight years running the business. The company they used to operate the franchise, Santon Property Services, is in the process of being wound up.
The new franchisee is Charles Mitchell (left), who has worked within the local market for over 16 years including senior roles at Douglas & Gordon and Strutt & Parker.