5th December 2017
Estate agency board management franchise Countrywide Signs has welcomed two new business owners to its flourishing network, one taking over a resale and the other swapping South Africa for south Wales!
Hannes Poley, a retired South African police officer, has launched in Cardiff and Bridgend after moving to the UK earlier this year to be close to his family. It’s fair to say he conducted a thorough inspection of the competition before he started his new venture.
"I first looked at buying an estate agency franchise, but decided that wasn’t what I wanted to do. Then I looked at a competitor to Countrywide. But what Countrywide were offering was simply a lot better, in my opinion. The people at the central office were so responsive, we had good meetings with everyone and felt very comfortable."
Despite the inclement November weather, it’s been far from a cold start for Hannes, who has hit the ground running thanks to Countrywide Signs’ relationships with major online and high street agencies.
"It’s a new territory but there’s plenty of national accounts work that we’ve taken over in the local area, which head office have transferred over to us. It’s given us a good start. After we’ve grown to add our second van, we’d like to expand outwards to Newport, Swansea, Port Talbot and so on, really take advantage of the towns around us.
We want to make it what I call a ‘proper’ business!"
Further north and east, Sean Johnston has taken over the Stamford and South Lincolnshire territory, and has already seen the benefits of purchasing a going concern.
"I have bought an existing territory which I am very lucky has been run extremely well, with an excellent customer base developed. The previous owners are working with me for a period to ensure the same level of service is maintained.
I’ve worked in the property and construction industry for over 30 years, as a client, contractor and consultant. I decided to become a Countrywide franchisee because I wanted to run and build a business of my own and was impressed with the support, leading-edge systems and strong brand presence that Countrywide provide.
The majority of my career has been working in and around the retail sector and I strongly believe that putting the customer first is the basis to success."
11th January 2018
Justin Pearce was named Countrywide Signs new national franchise manager.
13th November 2017
Countrywide Signs continues apace with news that six more nationwide estate agencies have signed exclusive deals.
25th September 2017
A special summer continues for Countrywide Signs as new trio launch their businesses.
24th August 2017
Collaboration has brought big rewards for three Countrywide Signs franchisees after they teamed up to claim over 60 new clients when a competitor suddenly ceased trading.
7th August 2017
A move into the sponsored boards market helped power consecutive record months for franchisees.
25th July 2017
Countrywide Signs has revealed growth of over 85% in the number of jobs passed to its franchisees for May and June compared to 12 months previously.
18th July 2017
Countrywide Signs has announced a new recycling partnership.
14th July 2017
Sustained growth has seen Countrywide Signs relocate its central warehouse to a new larger storage facility.
30th June 2017
The rapid pace of change in the property market is delivering big rewards for Countrywide Signs franchisees.
16th June 2017
The diversification of Countrywide Signs services is leading to big rewards for franchisees.
2nd June 2017
Opportunity is knocking at Countrywide Signs with a number of franchise resales available.
I would highly recommend a Countrywide Signs franchise to anyone who enjoys working outdoors and wants to be the master of their own destiny.Martin Attwood
This is the perfect franchise for those who are hard working and looking for a business that is reliable and easy to run.Anthony Williams
Countrywide Signs operate a centralised invoicing and payment system, allowing you to focus on the importants stuff
Countrywide Signs are a recognised IS09001 Certificate Company