2017 was a busy year for the New Franchising team at Winkworth with seven new offices opening in some key locations for the brand.
The openings included three cold start offices in Cheltenham, Sunningdale and Surbiton, three conversions in Kingsbury, Dartmouth and Torbay, and our existing Sway franchisee expanded with a second office in nearby Milford on Sea.
Ajay Bathija, franchisee of the new Winkworth Kingsbury, previously owned and ran a successful lettings business in Kingsbury under the name AKA lettings. He came to Winkworth as he wasn't getting enough sales instructions and knew that having the name Winkworth above the door would change that.
"Joining the Winkworth brand was an exciting prospect for us as we were able to maintain the essence of our business while benefitting from the comprehensive services that Winkworth can provide us and our clients. Today's market is all about getting to know your clients and fulfilling their individual needs which is something that we pride ourselves on, with our long standing commitment to the Kingsbury area. I therefore chose Winkworth because of their similar approach and brand values, and more importantly, their great local presence. We look forward to a successful future as Winkworth Kingsbury, slotting in between Winkworth's existing Hendon & Harrow offices."
The Winkworth Surbiton office is owned and operated by Claire McGrath and her husband Jonathan. Having moved to the UK from Australia in early 2017, the couple have a rich history of more than 15 years working in property, most recently owning one of the most successful property management franchises in Australia.
"We were thrilled to finally take the plunge in joining Winkworth and setting up our own estate agency business in England. When deciding how best to set up our UK business, we felt that Winkworth's core values and culture were the perfect fit for us. We have the backing and support of a respected, professional and customer-centric brand, whilst being able to use our backgounds and expertise to put our own spin on our customers' journeys."
The Winkworth Dartmouth and Torbay offices were both previously trading as Richard Blake, and were jointly owned by Richard Blake and Trevor Branton. The offices continue to be fully owned and operated by both directors following eight years of success under their former trading name.
"We're thrilled to join the Winkworth network and feel confident that this nationally recognised brand teamed with our established local reputation will be a winning combination for our business future. This is an excellent step for us, where we can benefit from the full services that Winkworth can provide us whilst retaining our fundamental values, staff and reputation."
Chris Collinge, franchisee of Winkworth Sway, has over 20 years' experience in the industry. He joined Winkworth in 2015, and last year expanded into nearby Milford on Sea.
"The opening of the new office was a natural progression for us, pursuing our dream of "country to coast" coverage as we took on the vibrant seaside village. We pride ourselves on creating an open office environment, where everyone is invited to come in and have a coffee and a chat with the whole family and pets in tow! With their combined experience, the team knows the local area and the Winkworth brand inside and out, and the initial results indicate a highly successful future for the business."
Winkworth have three new offices set to open early this year, with several more in the pipeline. If you want to join our expanding family network then get in touch today.
To find out how you can become part of Winkworth contact our New Franchising team
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