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Independent agency brand remains even after acquisition by chain

Winkworth is expanding further in Dorset, with the acquisition of Christopher Batten in Wimborne – its seventh office in the county. 

Christopher Batten has been snapped up by existing Winkworth franchisees James Hadley-Clift and his business partner Lori Leon, who took over the Winkworth Southbourne office in 2020.  

Founder Christopher Batten and his team will be staying with the business - and the branch will retain Christopher Batten branding to reflect the reputation of the business in Wimborne. 


Hadley-Clift, who has over 15 years’ experience as an agent in the county, says: “Lori and I are delighted to have acquired Christopher Batten and are thrilled that Chris and his team will continue to offer the highest standards of service to customers – which reflects the values and ethos of Winkworth.  We will now be able to harness the power of the network to benefit our customers in Wimborne, across sales and lettings.” 

The franchise chain has two offices in Bournemouth, plus offices in Poole, Ferndown and now Wimborne. On the South coast of Dorset, there are Winkworth offices in Highcliffe and Mudeford. 

Company chief executive Dominic Agace says: “We are … happy to work in partnership with agency proprietors who would like to enjoy some of the value of the business they have created, while continuing to work there. This provides the best of both worlds, with additional resources to operate across a wider local and national network. 

“We now have a substantial presence in Dorset as part of our network, providing a vital link for our London, Surrey and Hampshire offices for those looking to relocate to the South-west.” 

He adds: “We are continuing our expansion and would like to hear from property professionals who want to own their own business, with the support of Winkworth Franchising and our nationwide network.” 


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