Newton Fallowell boosts network with acquisition of Lovelles
16 Jan • Newton Fallowell
Newton Fallowell, which is part of the Belvoir Group, has today agreed the acquisition of Lovelle Estate Agency Ltd and Lovelle Bacons LLP. The privately-owned, independent, predominantly franchised estate agency business is collectively referred to as ‘Lovelles,’ operating in Lincolnshire and the Humber region and adding a further 19 offices to the Newton Fallowell network.
Speaking of the acquisition, Belvoir CEO Dorian Gonsalves said: “We are delighted to confirm the acquisition of Lovelles by Newton Fallowell.
“Lovelles is a third-generation family property business that dates back to 1932, and adopted a franchising business model in 2006. Based on performance in the year to July 2019 Lovelles was the largest agency in its region, delivering around 1,425 completed sales transactions and managing 1,600 properties. Lovelles was recognised as the ‘Yorkshire and Humber Agency of the Year’ at the 2019 Negotiator Awards.
“The network consists of 19 branches, centred around the town of Grimsby, extending north to Hull, east to Skegness and south to Lincoln. Eleven of the offices exclusively offer property sales, with one dedicated to lettings, and the remaining six providing a sales and lettings service.
“Twelve of the Lovelles branches are already franchised, with a further three scheduled to be franchised to the branch manager by April 2020.
“In line with Belvoir’s multi-brand strategy, Lovelles will become part of the Newton Fallowell Group, which will then operate three brands – Newton Fallowell, Goodchilds and Lovelles. The 36 staff employed within the six corporate-owned branches, as well as the business development manager, will be transferring to Newton Fallowell.
“Lovelles is an ideal fit for Belvoir’s acquisition strategy, being largely based on a franchise model, with a strong estate agency background and geographically well-positioned to be part of the Newton Fallowell network. Completion is expected by 20th January 2020.
“I would like to pay tribute to MD Jonathan Lovelle who is well respected within the property sector and has built Lovelles into the highly successful franchise network that it is today. We believe that becoming part of the Newton Fallowell network, which is part of the Belvoir Group, with access to our experienced and highly professional franchise support team, will further the Lovelles offering.
Speaking of the acquisition, Jonathan Lovelle said: “Having seen how the Newton Fallowell network has flourished as part of the Belvoir Group, I knew Belvoir would be the right home for the Lovelles network.
“Belvoir shares my vision of franchising as being the optimum business model for our industry and I know that their management team is committed to supporting the growth aspirations of all franchisees. I am proud of what our franchisees have achieved and of the strong reputation that Lovelles has within the Lincolnshire and Humber region. I look forward to seeing the network go from strength to strength as part of the Belvoir Group.”