Estate agent unveils ambitious expansion plans

Patrick McCutcheon

Yorkshire’s largest independent estate agent, Dacre, Son & Hartley plans to significantly grow its franchise network across Yorkshire and beyond after partnering with leading franchising specialist, Accentia Franchise Consultants.

Dacres currently employs 125 property professionals across its residential, commercial and agricultural divisions, and has 20 strategically placed offices across West and North Yorkshire, including two successful franchised branches in Morley and Elland.

The firm now plans to grow its franchise network further across the north of England with Ilkley headquartered Accentia Franchise Consultants being appointed to guide the estate agent through the expansion, as well as identifying potential franchisees.

Patrick McCutcheon, head of residential at Dacre, Son & Hartley, said: “We already have two franchisees in south west Leeds and Halifax and they have quickly become flourishing and well-respected estate agents in their local areas. Target sites include York, Richmond, Clitheroe, Kendal and Wakefield.

“We’ve worked closely with our existing franchisees to provide ongoing support and integrate them into our office network. They also benefit from our incredibly active web presence, our dedicated IT and marketing functions, ongoing training, our 200 years of heritage in Yorkshire’s property market and our highly regarded brand.

“It’s been very successful and we’re now looking forward to expanding our franchise network through this tried and tested model. It’s a great opportunity for entrepreneurial people, as well as those with a knowledge of property and existing estate agents who aspire to own their own business.”

Paul Mitchel, from Accentia Franchise Consultants, said: “This is a great collaboration for two Yorkshire born businesses that are both headquartered in Ilkley. Dacre, Son & Hartley is a leading name in Yorkshire’s property market and there’s no doubt this is an exciting opportunity for aspiring estate agents who want to be part of a business that has stood the test of time over the last 200 years.”

Gavin Townsend, who is the owner of Dacre, Son & Hartley’s Morley franchise, said: “The guidance, advice and support that Dacre, Son & Hartley provided as I’ve established and operated my business has been fabulous and we’re now one of Morley’s top performing estate agents. I truly believe I could not have found a better estate agent to take a franchise with.

“The company is very forward thinking and invest heavily in all the latest technology, so you always feel one step ahead of the competition.’’

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