butters john bee sold

One of South Cheshire’s longest established estate agents Butters John Bee has been sold to Spicerhaart Group.

The deal means Butters John Bee, which has branches in Nantwich, Crewe, Alsager, Sandbach, Congleton and all across Staffordshire, is now part of the UK’s largest independent estate agency group, owned by Paul Smith.

BJB managing director James Beardmore said: “This is a very exciting time for us.

“It means we will be able to offer additional services to our customers and more career development opportunities, training and rewards to our 200 staff.”

BJB was founded in 1856 and will retain the name over the door of its offices in Cheshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent and West Midlands.

Both firms will continue to offer similar services – residential sales, lettings, conveyancing, surveying and financial services.

BJB also auctions residential properties and sells, lets and manages commercial property.

Spicerhaart also offers corporate sales through its Blackpool office and has a land and new homes division.

Paul Smith, Spicerhaart’s chief executive, said: “butters john bee is an extremely well run estate agency business and we are delighted to welcome the team into our family.

“Both firms are award-winning and we will be sharing best practice across both organisations.

“As far as the customers and staff are concerned, it will be business as usual, but with additional telephone support outside normal working hours, from 8am until 10pm, for all our customers.

“We will also be introducing our highly successful ‘FLINK’ service, which enables more people to see properties for sale via social media.

“It’s amazing how many people go on to buy when they’re not even looking, just because they’ve seen the perfect property online.”

Spicerhaart has a track record of growing its business through acquisitions and has 200 branches with 2,000 staff nationwide.

The company also operates haart, Darlows, Haybrook, Felicity J Lord and Chewton Rose.

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