Here at Belvoir, we completely understand that joining a franchise is a huge business and personal decision and is not one to be taken lightly. So, why come for a Discovery Day?
Congratulations to Darren O’ Reilly and Chantell Harris, who opened the doors for the first time to our newest branch, Belvoir Bromley on 24th April 2017.
Our acquisition programme has continued into 2017, and the first acquisition of the year has now been completed.
We’re a month into 2017 and after a month back at work, many budding entrepreneurs might be looking at their options. Stay in your current job and continue as you are, or take the leap and go it alone in the world of business, it’s a really big decision to make but you might be ready to think about it.
Marketing has never been more important than it is right now, our Marketing Director, Kiara Simmance discusses the importance of marketing.
In November 2015, we started documenting the real-life journey of a Belvoir franchisee, Luke Marchbanks, and our latest instalment sees his shop transitioned to full Belvoir branding.
For an existing independent agency, working in isolation may be becoming increasingly challenging due to many factors including market conditions and increasing local competition.
For those reasons, an independent agency owner may like to consider "backing" their existing business onto the Belvoir brand, and becoming part of our growing network.
We are delighted to announce that Belvoir will be exhibiting at the prestigious National Franchise Exhibition at Birmingham NEC on 30th September to 1st October.
As these events can be quite over-whelming, we’ve put together some tips to help you get the most out of your visit.
A big question we are often asked is what makes a property franchise different from the rest?
At Belvoir, we always look at opportunity in challenging times. This blog looks at the positives for the lettings sector, post Brexit.
People have different reasons for joining a franchise, and whether long or short term, as a budding entrepreneur there is no doubt that you’ll have plans for your business.
Here at Belvoir, one thing we pride ourselves on is transparency and providing resources for prospective franchisees to research our proposition.
In this video series, we document the franchise journey of Luke Marchbanks of Belvoir Bournemouth.
Our Head of Franchise Recruitment, Property and Acquisitions, Martin Bunney today discusses Brexit, and the interesting impact that the result of the referendum has had on our market sector.
The 2015 BFA/Natwest Franchise survey, released in January, revealed that franchising is operating at record levels!
This blog looks at some of the trends and people driving that growth.
Belvoir is delighted to announce the acquisition of Northwood, the largest remaining independent lettings franchise in the UK, adding a further 86 offices to the network, and taking the total number of outlets to 301. This latest acquisition officially makes the Belvoir group the largest property franchise group in the UK, surpassing our nearest competition
Here at Belvoir, we fully understand that joining a franchise is a huge business decision, and not one to be taken lightly.
Find out more about our "Discovery Day" and how it helps you decide if Belvoir is the right "fit" for you.
When you are thinking about starting a business, the No. 1 consideration should be that you enter into an industry that has longevity and sustainability.
The blog takes a look at key metrics and explains why having a roof over your head is never going to go out of fashion.
In our latest video, we bid a fond farewell to Head of Franchise Recruitment, Andy Smith. Andy has been with Belvoir for many years and has overseen the recruitment of a diverse, and successful group of franchise owners into the Belvoir Network.
Today we’ve sat down with Davinder Gharial of Belvoir Hitchin and Belvoir Welwyn Garden City to discuss how he finds being a Belvoir franchisee and to tell us a little more about his journey from accountant to franchise owner.
The image of franchising is currently undergoing a transformation in the U.K.
We look at 3 franchisees from very different backgrounds who are making franchising their business success story.
In this video, Head of Franchise Recruitment Andy Smith discusses the term of a Belvoir franchisee. Strictly speaking the term of a Belvoir franchise is 5 years, this is the term that the majority of franchises work to.
Our Welwyn and Hitchin franchisee, Davinder is a massive fan of the franchise business model, so much so, that he says in this video that, if he was starting out from scratch all over again, he would choose the franchise model!
When March comes around, Belvoir franchise owners know that the annual Belvoir Conference is just around the corner. This year on 11th March, Coventry’s prestigious Coombe Abbey played host to the daytime conference event and evening awards dinner. Over 100 Belvoir franchise owners attended throughout the day and a successful and interesting day was had by all!
Welcome to Day 5 of our celebration of women in franchising.
Today Zoe Bywater shares her business journey and is calls for more females to get involved and start their own business.
It’s day 3 of our week of celebrating women in franchising!
We’ve put together some inspiring quotes from famous women to encourage new females into business.
Welcome to Day 2 of our week of content celebrating women in franchising as part of "International Women’s Day".
Today Patsy Day shares her business journey and why franchising has proved to be a great success for her on many levels.
We are very excited to launch a week of content celebrating women in franchising.
This campaign is to co-incide with International Women’s Day on the 8th March 2016, which marks the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women around the world.
When deciding which franchise is right for you, it’s vital to do intense due diligence on any proposition you are considering and that includes meeting and interacting with the prospective franchisor.
We’ve documented ways you can interact with us both online and offline throughout 2016
In this blog, we are delighted to bring you a guest interview with Cathryn Hayes, a Senior Manager at the British Franchise Association, who talks about the work of the association and how it supports the franchise sector.
In our latest blog post – Head of Franchise Recruitment, Andy Smith discusses why landlords choose Belvoir.
Andy Smith and Martin Bunney of Belvoir Franchise Recruitment recently sat down together to discuss the rise of the under-30 franchisee. We’ve seen many young franchise owners join the Belvoir network over recent years and it’s a trend that is becoming increasingly popular, with a recent survey from the BFA and Natwest revealing that 1 in 5 franchisees is now below the age of 30.
Belvoir’s Head of Franchise Recruitment, Andy Smith discusses the current trend in online estate agents and answers some common questions such as; are they a threat to the traditional agent?
There’s always options for Belvoir franchise owners to develop and grow their businesses, from assisted acquisitions to moving to new territories, Belvoir ensure that a franchise owner can take their business as far as they would like to.
We’re always delighted to welcome new franchise owners to the ever-growing Belvoir Network. Our Head of Franchise Recruitment, Andy Smith took the opportunity to sit down with two new and franchise owners to find out more about their stories and the road they took to become a Belvoir franchisee.
The BFA/NatWest Franchise Survey is one of the most eagerly awaited reports in the franchise world, as it documents trends and gives insights into the franchise sector.
Franchising has been in robust health for many years, despite the U.K.’s economic downturn, but the 2015 Survey reveals the sheer scale of this growth!
In this blog, we look at the trends and why it’s never been a better time to start a franchise.
When joining a franchise, you have access to a network which will help and support you on your business journey. In this blog, we explain the scope of the Belvoir network and how it supports each new office.
Andy Smith, Head of Franchise Recruitment at Belvoir discusses life without power, the fear of stepping out of your business comfort zone and how at the end of it…everything will be fine.
Finding a franchise can be difficult – you want to work with a business that is right for you, offers the best support and of course, the majority of people want to join a franchise where there is visible opportunity for business expansion.
In this video our Head of Franchise Recruitment, Andy Smith along with Franchise Sales Executive & Commercial Property Co-ordinator, Lauren Orgill explain how Belvoir assist new franchise owners when searching for the right property.
One of the best questions you can ask when looking at starting a business is ‘why a franchise?’ – in fact, it’s one we really like to be asked as it gives us an opportunity to really shine and tell you exactly what is different about buying a franchise.
From the very beginning as a Belvoir franchise owner, you will be working to create a strong territory. Naturally like any new business, this can be a challenge – as outlined by Head of Franchise Recruitment, Andy Smith in this video.
A new year offers a wide, open vista of possibilities!
Perhaps for you it could be starting your own business and a Belvoir franchise might be just what you’re looking for.
When starting a new business, it’s important to evaluate the best route to success and compare buying a franchise to starting a business from scratch.
You may have previously met John and Sue Warburton, franchise owners of Belvoir Leamington Spa in our special A Day in the life of Belvoir Leamington Spa YouTube video. In this blog post we wanted to give you a more in depth introduction and tell you a little bit more about their backgrounds and the progression of their business.
The Belvoir Central Office team are here to support you the whole way through the franchising process. Using knowledgeable individuals in their strongest fields makes the framework of Belvoir strong as their experience prevails and they can provide you with the best advice to help you make full use of the resources available.
We make no secret about being immensely proud of the training we provide to franchise owners from the very start of their business journey. We have honed the training process to ensure every single franchise owner goes in to business with the best experience and knowledge that we could possibly offer.
One thing we do not do enough of at Belvoir is explain how we support franchise partners in adapting their mindset from the "corporate" mentality of exchanging time for money, to evolving into fully-rounded business person with an "entrepreneurial" mindset.
We have a continuously growing network of Belvoir franchise owners, the fantastic thing that really makes the network work and thrive is the fact that they are from all different kinds of backgrounds, have all experienced different strands of business and most importantly, are passionate about the Belvoir brand.
Five new franchise owners have joined the Belvoir network, with three new businesses set to launch and the successful resale of one of Belvoir’s top performing offices.
An overview of the training process of a Belvoir franchisee. Watch our three videos that document the three key stages.
Start your New Year by opening the doors to your new Belvoir Franchise and fast track your business start up with a special 8 week process with Belvoir from now until January.
I have been looking into compliance recently and highlighting how important it is to make sure that you are completely happy, that everything that is supposed to be done in the lettings management world is being done.
Tightening regulation in the residential lettings market is certainly having an effect. I am not sure it is the effect that was being sought but it is certainly having a considerable impact.
A look at why becoming an estate agent appeals to landlords and how their previous experience can bring value to the franchise proposition.
The lettings industry can learn a great deal from the Volkswagen scandal.
It is 20 years since the very first Belvoir franchise was opened, and the award-winning property management company intends to mark the occasion with a charity fundraiser for each and every one of those years.
You are no doubt aware that markets are constantly changing and evolving and today’s preferred method of communicating a message is tomorrow’s old news.
The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors have doubled their forecast for house price increases in 2015 to 6%.
As the Estate Agency regulator releases a new enforcement toolkit for trading standards, which makes checking for compliance locally much simpler for the authorities, the House of Lords rejects legislation regarding smoke detectors just three weeks before it passes into law.
I heard a comment this weekend that captured my interest, largely because I didn’t understand it straight away. The comment was surrounding the subject of commitment and was “so what are you ham or eggs”?
A lettings franchise is a great opportunity for a husband and wife to work together as a team.
Rick Flay, who has topped many company records in the nine years since opening Belvoir Sheffield, has smashed yet another record, this time, selling his Belvoir business for a million pounds.
Regulation is creeping slowly into the lettings industry, it is almost like no-one wants the responsibility of being the regulator, so regulation is being drip fed in, to fit within the current unregulated status quo! It is of course more likely to be about money and who will pick up the regulators tab, but either way it’s messy.
This short video diary documents a day in the life of a Belvoir franchisee sharing insights into a typical day.
John and Sue Warburton of Belvoir! Leamington Spa share what they love about being part of the Belvoir network.
My wife and I went to look at a Range Rover Evoque at the weekend.
Today, we celebrate women in franchising with a guest blog from Hannah Martin of Talented Ladies Club. Hannah reveals the top 5 reasons why franchises are great for females!
The Government have been criticised today for failing to give away money! A £30m pot set aside to help small businesses gain technical, financial and management advice.
At Belvoir, we embrace transparency and it’s vital that prospective franchisees do intense due diligence on our proposition, as we believe that it will help them see differentiation points between us and our competitors.
It’s official! The U.K. is now a smart phone society!
Smartphones have overtaken laptops as the most popular device for getting online, Ofcom research has revealed, with record ownership and use transforming the way we communicate.
British Dairy Farmers are in the headlines quite a lot at the moment as they protest over the price they are paid for the production of milk.
Detail! As a salesman it is not my favourite thing. I understand the importance of it because if you don’t bother, as salesman often try not to, the business you are trying to write will often unravel before your eyes.
Foxtons’ shares are going down again and this time I feel sorry for them. An analyst at Barclays has released a report stating that online agents are disrupting the Estate Agency market and will cause an erosion in profits for the high street Agent over time. This will be achieved by driving down prices that traditional Agents can charge.
I’ve seen, what I consider to be, a very exciting technological development in the world of supersonic travel.
The reaction to the announcement that Right to Rent legislation will soon be with us has been quite robust and from all quarters of the private rented sector.
Purchase of Newton Fallowell enhances the Belvoir network by 30+ offices
Belvoir Peterborough has been named as the first office in the network to break the million pound turnover barrier and agree a million pounds of property sales in one day.
The property market is a very interesting place for all sorts of different reasons, one of which is the ongoing struggle between the now three main property portals.
Alton Towers announced a profit warning today as the latest predictions show that the terrible accident that occurred some weeks ago will impact their profits by approximately £40m.
Earlier this year Belvoir scooped "Gold" at the prestigious Lettings Agency of the Year Awards, winning the title of Best Franchise Lettings Agency of the Year 2015 – for a record fifth time.
I recently touched on this subject with a blog about the pressures of keeping tabs on all of the things that Agents have to do every single day. The fact that, in just one city, 11 Agents have this week been fined for not being members of an Ombudsman scheme, which became a mandatory requirement for all agents in October 2014, seems unbelievable!
An online Agent today announced that it has withdrawn the ‘no sale no fee’ option from it’s offering to customers.
Andy Smith of Belvoir! Franchising explains why Belvoir can help you achieve business success.
The internet price war is in the news again. Another online agent has launched a new method of paying to sell your house.
Property misdescription has been a hot topic in Estate Agency for some years now, the basic idea is that you cannot make a statement that is untrue about a property.
When starting out in a new business, there are many challenges that a business owner must face!
I love the way that people think! I enjoy the assumptions we make when looking at someone who does a job that we don’t really understand.
Martin Bunney of Belvoir! Franchise explains the back up and support behind our franchise proposition.
The budget is always an important event, regardless of the events surrounding it like tube strikes for instance, it never gets lost in the surrounding noise.
If you are reading this there is a fair chance that you are interested in property. There is also, I believe, a good chance that you are thinking of investing or are already investing either by physically owning property or looking to move into the property market somehow.
I have had to accept that I cannot offer our business opportunities through a certain channel today because “if we let you, we have to let the others.”
I was reading the Croydon Guardian, an act that may appear more random than it actually was, and noticed an article on the Council’s plans to implement a license for all privately rented properties of £750 for five years to help combat rogue landlords.
A recent news story about a Letting agent who was asked to pay a £70,000 fine was the topic of conversation today around the local watering station in the office. A local Agent was asking one of our Franchise Owners how they cope with all the worry and stress and the Franchise Owner was eager to talk to me about it.
Investing in the stock market has become very popular especially since the privatisation of the large utility companies in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Over the last decade many people have also found themselves owning shares in companies or organisations by chance rather than by design.
There is new legislation governing property agents which states that all fees must be openly displayed to customers and all commissions clearly identified before someone enters into an agreement with the agent.
I’m hearing a lot of chatter about banks easing up and money flowing more easily in the property market, there seems to be a view that money is easy to come by.
Lettings agents come from all walks of life and business but it is a very natural step for a landlord to consider starting up their own lettings agency.
I read an article today bemoaning the fact that we pay more for rent in the UK than our European neighbours and that Landlords are deliberately taking advantage of a housing crisis to exploit tenants.
Find out more about Belvoir’s fantastic Franchise opportunity.
Martin Bunny of Belvoir! Franchise shares some insights into why more people succeed in business by opting for the franchise route.
There are not many businesses that tick as many boxes as a lettings/estate agency business. Here are our top five reasons to consider starting a lettings/estate agency…
The Lettings Agency of the Year Awards, in association with The Sunday Time & The Times, and sponsored by Zoopla, were held at the lavish Lancaster London Hotel on June 12th.
Belvoir is pleased to support SAFEagent Awareness Week 2015 and also appreciates new provisions to the Consumer Rights Acts that require all letting agents to display fees.
New apprenticeship programme unveiled for up-and-coming lettings and sales professionals.
Belvoir is thrilled to reveal that owners Phil Collett and Chris Roberts of Belvoir Bury and Oldham have completed the acquisition of Rayson Wilshaw, a leading estate and lettings agent in Bury.
The Belvoir network grows its expanse across the nation, with Belvoir Swansea and Belvoir Bedford opening second offices
Initial figures released by Belvoir show a positive increase in profits for 2014, credited in part to the introduction of a successful sales service and a robust acquisition programme.
Dorian Gonsalves praises the company’s top franchise owners at the 2015 Annual Awards.
Belvoir reveals striking new For Sale and To Let boards
From helping the office start up in 2006, to becoming the franchisee… congratulations Keeley!
Government strategies to reduce pressure on the rental market are crucial, says Dorian Gonsalves.
Julie Wilson, financial controller at Belvoir Central Office in Grantham has been named the winner of The Great Belvoir Bake Off, a festive competition that raised over £200 for a popular local hospice.
Market conditions indicate fixed or low rental increases says Belvoir
Belvoir is pleased to reveal that Glenn Broadwell, owner of Belvoir Leeds North West, has successfully completed on the acquisition of Lettings @ Victoria Mills, in Shipley, West Yorkshire. The acquisition of 154 managed properties positively doubles the size of the Belvoir Leeds North West portfolio.
Franchise owners and staff at Belvoir are celebrating yet another superb industry award win in 2014 – this time scooping Franchisor of the Year at the prestigious Negotiator Awards in London.
Belvoir is delighted to declare the successful acquisition of one of Scotland’s biggest and most successful lettings agencies.
Belvoir is pleased to announce that seven new franchise owners have joined the network so far this year, and several more are set to join in the coming months.
Belvoir Sheffield achieves highest turnover in company’s history
Louise George brings a wealth of PLC experience to the Belvoir Board
The holiday season is in full swing with millions of Brits leaving home for a deserved break beside the sea or in the countryside.
Belvoir scoops Lettings Franchise of the Year – for a record fourth time
Ed Miliband recently announced Labour’s proposals for changes to the private rental sector (PRS). If Labour gets into power they plan to introduce an annual rent-increase cap, with an ‘upper limit’ on rises, based on average market rents.
Long-term tenancies are definitely increasing and we are seeing more people staying for lengthier periods. In fact, tenancy lengths have almost doubled at some of our offices…
Mike Campbell reflects on winning the coveted title of Belvoir Franchise of the Year 2014.
Congratulations to Bill Smith of Belvoir Harrogate who recently celebrated 20 years in the lettings business.
The dynamic husband and wife team Kerry and Jamie Smith, unveiled the sleek new premises at an official opening. The celebration saw clients, business associates and the town’s Deputy Mayor show up in support of this new milestone.
Congratulations to Amanda Pemberton of Belvoir Warrington who ran her first marathon in Manchester in April and raised over £900 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Jeremy Clarke from Belvoir Christchurch is celebrating ten years with Belvoir by moving to smart new premises.
Our London Central office has successfully completed a move to prestigious new premises and undergone sophisticated rebranding.
We are proud to say that all franchisees now provide Client Money Protection (CMP).
Phil Collett and Chris Roberts of Belvoir Bury, affectionately known as ‘The Bury Boys,’ give their reactions to winning one of Belvoir’s top awards!
Belvoir Falkirk and Belvoir Inverness buy out local businesses
Belvoir Lettings are incredibly proud to announce that their Liverpool offices have won the award for the Best Lettings Agent 2012 at the Liverpool Lifestyle Awards.
Belvoir Lettings, a founder member of SAFEagent, is proud to offer its support to SAFEagent Awareness Week, which runs from 13th to 18th May, 2013.
Belvoir Lettings has appointed four new staff members to join the support team at Central Office in Grantham, Lincolnshire.
Belvoir Lettings is delighted to announce that the network has achieved its target of raising £25,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Belvoir Lettings wins LeTriple Gold Awards for Lettings Franchise of the Year for third time
New investment ensures future of property sales at Redwoods
Belvoir Lettings, winner of the coveted Gold Award for Large Lettings Chain at the Estate & Letting Agent Awards (ESTAS) 2013, is keen to retain its title and proud to announce that a total of 23 Belvoir offices have entered the 2014 awards.
Belvoir Lettings is delighted to announce that the company has scooped the Gold Award for Website of the Year at the Negotiator Awards 2013, and is also the proud winner of the Silver Award for Franchisor of the Year.
The launch of the Belvoir Lettings Agency in Enfield is an exciting new venture for 45 years old Rachel Circus.
The opening of the first Belvoir Lettings Agency in Lisburn, Northern Ireland is an exciting new venture for 25 years old Michael McGrath.
The Belvoir Central Office team celebrated Yorkshire Day with a flat cap decorating event and a refreshing cuppa to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
The new year heralds a new start with an exciting new venture for Raewyn Greer as she launches the new Belvoir Lettings Agency in Aldershot.
Belvoir Lettings is delighted to announce that the company has scooped the Gold Award for Website of the Year at the Negotiator Awards 2013, and is also the proud winner of the Silver Award for Franchisor of the Year.
Belvoir Lettings is delighted to announce that CEO Dorian Gonsalves has been appointed to the Board of Directors of The Property Ombudsman (TPO).