Hunters acquires Countrywide Franchising Ltd

We are delighted to inform you that Hunters have been successful in acquiring Countrywide Franchising Ltd, who trade across the UK as Bairstow Eves Estate Agents. This acquisition will see all ninety Bairstow Eves franchised offices rebranded, spreading the Hunters brand across the country. The combined businesses will form the single largest independent estate agency franchise operator in the sector, with a total network of over 190 operations.

The re-brand programme will begin shortly and will be completed over the course of the next six months. The result of this merger is that our customers, current and new, will have even greater coverage for their properties. We intend to further invest in technology and service to ensure that our customer is placed fully at the heart of our business.

Kevin Hollinrake, Hunters Managing Director:

"This is a strategically planned merger of two estate agency networks and management teams, united in their commitment to the franchise model and knowledge that it produces higher levels of return and customer service. The benefits of this acquisition are three fold: firstly, providing us with a national network; secondly, enabling us to expedite the expansion of our highly successful network of self-employed personal agents, through a national recruitment campaign and finally, it is an important step towards achieving our objective to become the U.Ks favourite estate agent."

Hunters will retain the Countrywide Franchise management team, headed by Operations Director Andrew Grant who will continue his responsibility for the acquired offices:

"We believe this merger will deliver added value to the customer, generate opportunities for existing members of both networks and create business synergies."

This is further reiterated by Kevin:

"The property market is driven by the customer, whether buying, selling or renting our clients are looking for agents who are focused on their needs. Our franchisees are passionately committed to the success of their own businesses and deliver what todays' customer wants. Our organisation is led by people with extensive estate agency experience and entrepreneurial flair who don't put up with second best in their drive to raise standards for their clients."

Hunters intend to invest in the newly combined group to the benefit of customers and business owners from both companies.

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