Having been approached by a number of different companies to purchase my business, it became clear very quickly, that Countrywide stood out from the rest in their application and professional approach towards the business. They fully understand the importance of integration of an independent run company into their own corporate business.
Keeping the continuity of the client base, staff and procedures, whilst enhancing the future prospects of the company and its staff.
With their vast experience and marketing prowess, I can only see great things ahead for all those involved. After 17 years of running the company, I feel very comfortable for my clients and associated organisations that Countrywide will not let them down in any way going forward.
Vanet Property Asset Management
It became immediately apparent that the acquisitions team at Countrywide, numbering 15 people, had the experience of volumes of sales prior to their purchase of our business. Every member of the team had a specific role to play and that meant that the process was quick, slick, and accurate. Looking back it’s hard to imagine how the other potential purchasers would have fared without the same quality and quantity of personnel dedicated to the task. Since the acquisition, staff have benefited from better training and career progression than that that was available to them previously. As they have been well looked after virtually all of them have stayed with the business. This in turn has meant that our clients have stayed with the business too. In fact our clients now benefit from a broader suite of products that includes land, new homes and commercial property. If I was selling a lettings business again Countrywide would be my first call.
Sam O'May & Jill Elkington
It was very important to all the partners within our business that we sold to a company with the same professionalism and expertise, that we have spent years building our business on.
The main importance was that the business practised on the same set of ethics and RICS membership that had been the core strength of our company. We met with John Hards, former ARLA Director, to discuss our options for a potential sale. Countrywide were highlighted to us and we were overjoyed that we have been able to retain the independent identity of HE Lettings, within the Countrywide organisation.
Countrywide acquired Chamberlains in October 2013. Once completion took place we saw our systems and procedures considered at length, each individual within the business were treated as an integral part of the acquisition moving forward. We were told about the career options and exciting prospects which made the transition feel like a promotion for us all.
My old team are thriving in the business and are now open to greater opportunities, expanding their learning in the industry and moving forward to higher positions.
Exceptional service at a local level, delivered by great people. The local brand and the teams who represent that business are at the heart of the transaction. The corporate infrastructure and resources are just the icing on the cake.
One of the main reasons Accord has remained a market leader and has been able to increase its market share is through Countrywide's belief in our brand. In effect we have the best of both worlds, we have support and expertise that a large corporate offers, but we continue to develop the core competencies of the Accord brand by recognising the USP's that got us here. Making sure that our loyal customer base was well looked after and their service is continually enhanced, was an important factor for us. The sharing of knowledge, fresh ideas and the support from the wider Countrywide network has made the difference for us and allowed us to make an already successful business even better.
Sewell & Gardner
Selling my lettings business after 12 years was a huge decision, and one which involved great emotional turmoil; it was tremendously important for me to ensure that the company ethos and the individuality of my team members would continue under a corporate umbrella.
Countrywide approached the deal in a very sensitive manner and helped me through the due diligence process with a guiding hand, which was of great importance for ensuring a water-tight deal on both sides. I can now see that many of my staff have a far greater chance of career promotion than I could of offered. I know they are being well looked after, post completion.
I will continue to watch with interest how they move forward under the Countrywide banner, I would highly recommend Countrywide if you are considering and exit strategy for your lettings business.
The board of Ashton Burkinshaw had taken the company to a level of income and profitability that could not be easily grown without additional investment. When Countrywide approached us we knew that with their strength, expertise, know how and training ethos they would be the right people to take the business forward and develop the staff.
At all times during the negotiations the importance of retaining and working with these talented people and keeping the brand was always at the forefront, we felt assured and secure in the knowledge that the business would be left in good hands.
Gerald & Susan Fitz-Gibbon
Having been approached by three potential suitors within the space of a month, two of them for the third time, it didn't take long to realise there was very much a meeting of minds with shared values between us and the Countrywide team. A decision was made to progress Countrywide's interest and soon terms were successfully agreed. We anticipated a lengthy and complex due diligence process, however our house was in order and only a few issues were raised - the whole process worked seamlessly. Throughout the sale process confidentiality was a key issue for us. The Countrywide team made this happen and all meetings and visits were arranged with the minimum of fuss and disruption. The success of Fitz-Gibbon was down to the loyalty and quality of all our staff; Countrywide's structure allowed those with ambition to progress their career, take on further responsibilities and reap the rewards of their efforts. The very same values and ethics of responsibility we had always employed.
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