Independent agent branches out with franchise venture

The company currently operates offices in Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Leicestershire, but has hot spot territories along the A1/M1 corridor in its sights.

Its tried and tested franchise/partnership formula has already proved successful in Bedford and Milton Keynes - with businesses operating under the Harrison Murray banner going from strength to strength.

Looking to build on its reputation, the Harrison Murray group has teamed up with franchise consultants GCG Consulting to offer a unique business venture and exciting vocational opportunity to would-be estate agents.

Franchise offices carry the Harrison Murray name and reputation, but are independently owned and managed - effectively giving franchisees the ‘elbow room’ to run their own business.

Group managing director David Collins said: “As confidence begins to grow again in the market, independent estate agents are now in a great strategic position.

“We have spent a lot of time working on our own franchise agreement, but it is one which is owned and operated by estate agents for estate agents.

“When it comes to setting up an estate agency business, this is the best independent alternative. It is our intention to assist the franchisee in every way possible to develop a business they can be proud of.

“Franchising is more than just a job or a business, it is a long-term vocation for people who are driven, motivated and committed.”

Under the partnership agreement, Harrison Murray will help the franchisee to find premises in their chosen location, as well as offering a wealth of expert knowledge in all areas of the estate agency business.

This can range from business advice, networking, comprehensive in-house training and access to the variety financial services which operate within the Harrison Murray group.

David added: “We want to work with our successful franchisee to help them grow their business. This may be an existing estate agency, someone from the legal or financial profession with an interest in estate agency, or an entrepreneur looking for a change of business direction.

“It is the calibre of the individual that we need to consider with a franchise application. Estate agency is a challenging and fast moving environment that is not for the faint-hearted.

“The Harrison Murray name is one with which customers are already comfortable and familiar and gives the franchisee a high degree of confidence. We understand the market place and are in the best position to offer them direction and assistance.”

If you would like more details about Harrison Murray’s franchising services, contact the Northampton head office on 01604 788288.