Estate agents founded in Hitchin with offices in Stevenage and Letchworth taken over by larger firm

Ian Wilson and Glynis Frew

Ian Wilson and Glynis Frew - Credit: Archant

An estate agents established more than 40 years ago has been acquired by a larger firm, with the potential for creating further opportunities for growth in the area.

Sales and lettings agents Country Properties was founded in Hitchin in 1974 and has expanded to 23 branches across Herts, Beds and Cambs, in areas including Stevenage, Letchworth, Baldock, Knebworth, Kimpton, Ashwell, Shefford and Stotfold.

Under managing director, Ian Wilson, the company grew into a franchised operation and was the first estate agency network to be recognised by the British Franchise Association in 1984.

Country Properties has now been acquired by estate agents Hunters, which has 157 branches across the country and abroad.

Ian said: “We echo the strong sentiments and driving forces behind Hunters and are pleased to be part of such a dynamic and expanding network.

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“There is great synergy between the two businesses; the move will add value to our customers, help our franchise partners to grow revenue and potentially create further opportunities for growth in the area, which is great news.”

Glynis Frew, managing director of Hunters, said: “We are delighted to add such a reputable and well-established group of branches to the Hunters network.

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“The two companies share the same set of values and are united in our commitment to the franchise model that we feel produces higher levels of customer service and return.”

The 23 Country Properties branches will continue to be managed by Ian, and Macmillan Cancer Support will remain their charity of the year, with a target of raising £50,000 by the end of December.

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