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Connells Group acquires Rook Matthews Sayer

Connells Group acquires Rook Matthews Sayer

Group further extends its national network

Connells Group, one of the UK's largest and most successful estate agency and property services providers, has acquired Rook Matthews Sayer, a leading estate agency with 16 branches operating across Newcastle, Tyneside and Northumberland.  The acquisition takes Connells Group's high street network to over 560 branches nationwide and provides the perfect platform for the Group's expansion into this region.

Rook Matthews Sayer, founded in 1990, is a well-established and successful business offering residential sales and lettings together with professional services.  It will continue to trade under its existing and well-recognised brand name.  Founders Clive Rook, Rod Matthews and Richard Sayer will retire from the business on completion and current Director, Janet Walker, will become Managing Director to lead the company’s 130 employees in developing and expanding the business and continue to provide an excellent service for customers.

"This is our largest and most significant acquisition in 2016 and signals that the Group remains in expansive mode this year," says David Plumtree, Connells Group Estate Agency Chief Executive.  "By incorporating Rook Matthews Sayer into our network, we fill a geographical gap in our portfolio which allows us to extend our market leading proposition into new geographical markets.  We look forward to working with Janet and the team to marry their local expertise with our national strength and in order to expand the brand further and take Rook Matthews Sayer to its next stage of growth."

Clive Rook, Founder and Managing Director at Rook Matthews Sayer, says: "It is a very exciting proposition for Rook Matthews Sayer to become part of the market leading Connells Group.  Our strong market position within the north east region will be enhanced by the strength of the Connells Group and I look forward to seeing the planned expansion.   We are confident that this is very good news for both our customers and our staff."

Connells Group recently announced an excellent set of annual financial results highlighting the Group’s financial strength and ambition to grow further following a string of estate agency and lettings business acquisitions in 2015 (most notably the acquisition of 18 branch estate agency Gascoigne Halman and online estate agency Hatched).  

Connells Group would like to add further successful businesses to its portfolio and is open to approaches from existing sales or lettings businesses looking to sell or who wish to grow as part of a wider group.

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