Hunters expands with 15 branch SW acquisition

Plc agency acquires Bristol and Gloucestershire firm to take national network to over 200 branches

Franchised estates agency Hunters has acquired well-established West Country firm Besley Hill, which operates across Bristol and Gloucestershire.

The deal takes the number of branches in the Hunters national network to over 200, after opening 30 new office doors in 2016. Hunters began in 1992, and began rolling out franchises in 2006.

Besley Hill started life in the 1970s, and has since grown to a 15-branch outfit operating in four counties, in both sales and rental arenas.

Adam Offer, MD of BH, and Alli Firks-Matthews, Finance Director, have agreed to sign up their three offices to new franchise agreements with Hunters as part of the deal, and will continue to be involved in the day to day running of the business.

Glynis Frew, CEO of Hunters Property Plc: “Becoming the UK’s favourite estate agent is our primary objective and increasing our presence across the country through good quality businesses is vital to achieving this. We are delighted to welcome the Besley Hill group of branches to Hunters as we share an ambition to grow our businesses by delivering first class customer service. The locality of the branches fit perfectly within our national expansion plans and gives us a significant platform in the South West property market”.

Adam Offer, Managing Director of Besley Hill: “Hunters’ national reach and reputation, combined with its strong focus on local ownership and local knowledge through its franchise model, is very exciting for us and represents great opportunities for the future.”