Countrywide Plc

Featherstone Road Unit C
Wolverton Mill, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
MK12 5RE

Since 1986

Contact
01908 576425 - or - Email

The group was formed in 1986 when the first two UK Stock Exchange listed estate agency groups, Bairstow Eves and Mann & Co., were acquired by Hambros Plc and merged to form Hambro Countrywide PLC. In 1988 Hambro Assured was established, the first life insurance company to be wholly owned by an estate agency group, and at the time the biggest life company start-up in the UK. Growth has been mainly through acquisitions, including the creation of the largest residential surveying and valuation business in the UK when Nationwide Estate Agents and Nationwide Surveyors were acquired from Nationwide Building Society In October 1994. Further outlets were added to the Group's growing network of branches, including Spencers from National & Provincial Building Society in 1995, Faron Sutaria, PKL (a leading London residential lettings business) and John D Wood in 1997 and 1998, the estate agency business of Friends Provident in 2002, Freeman Forman and the estate agency business of Bradford & Bingley in 2004. Acquisition has also encouraged development of the largest UK specialist sales unit for Land and New Homes, whereby developers' new homes are offered by as many as 1,200 prominently located, multi-branded estate agency branches. In May 2007 Countrywide Plc was acquired by the private equity finance group Apollo Management LP, thereby taking the Group out of public ownership.

Services

Estate Agent - Residential

Staff

25 in the online central marketing department.

Area of Business

Estate Agent and related service.

Fees

Rages from 1.5% upwards. Can be fixed but flexible dependent on the branch.