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Trio of acquisitions as franchisees snap up independents

It’s been a busy start to the year for the Northwood brand, with three franchisees completing on acquisitions. 

Northwood is part of the Belvoir Group plc and has over 90 offices across the UK.

So far in 2023 Helen Elworthy of Northwood Doncaster completed on the acquisition of Housesetc based in Goole; another franchises, Paul Ryder from Northwood Eastbourne, snapped up the lettings portfolio of K Lettings; and Patience Simpson from Northwood Ashford completed on the acquisition of Stevens & Co in Ashford.


“This is a fantastic start to 2023 for Northwood” says managing director Phil Gee. 

“I am delighted that Helen Elworthy, who has just celebrated 10 years of being with Northwood, has completed on what is her fourth office after acquiring Housesetc. This business does not currently offer lettings, so this is a new service that Helen will be looking to provide for landlords and tenants in the Goole area. 

“I am also very pleased that Patience Simpson successfully acquired Stevens & Co in Ashford, as this will be a great addition to their business, adding 131 managed units to their portfolio. Patience opened Northwood Ashford in 2015 as a cold start and has built a really great business with a fantastic reputation.

“Finally, I would like to congratulate Paul Ryder from Northwood Eastbourne on what is his third acquisition. Paul has been a Northwood franchisee for about 17 years and runs a superb business in Eastbourne. The acquisition of K Lettings, which has added over 260 properties to his portfolio, will be an excellent addition to his existing business.

“Acquisitions remain a strong growth strategy for Northwood franchisees, and we have several other acquisitions in the pipeline, which will be announced when they complete. It is always good to have such a positive start to the year, and I wish all of our franchisees every success for the future.”


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