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Our History

Since the first Connells branch opened in 1936, Connells Group has grown into the UK's largest, most profitable high street estate agency and property services providers.


First Connells estate agency branch opens in Luton, Bedfordshire


Connells' ten estate agency branch network is acquired by the Constantine Group


Connells is the first agent to provide an in-house mortgage service


With around  20 branches, Connells is one of the first estate agency networks to obtain a full listing on the London Stock Exchange


With around 100 branches, Connells is acquired by Scottish Widows. The same year, Connells purchased the western division of Prudential Property Services' which increased the branch network to around 150 branches, as well as establishing Connells Survey & Valuation and Connells Asset Management


Connells is acquired by Skipton Building Society which bought a major shareholding in the company alongside Connells' senior management


Connells plays a leading role in the launch and development of Rightmove, now one of the UK's foremost online property portals


Connells Relocation Services is established. In the same year, Connells acquires Conveyancing Direct Property Lawyers


Connells reach a major milestone by acquiring Sequence estate agency bringing the Group's total estate agency network to around 500 branches nationwide

Estate agency Sharman Quinney was also acquired in this year



Connells Group wins first industry awards at Estate Agency of the Year Awards and Lettings Agency of the Year Awards


Rightmove plc float on the London Stock Market valuing the business at £400m. Connells Group owned 29% immediately prior to floatation. In the same year, Connells acquires a stake in TM Group, now the largest provider of local authority searches in the UK


Connells Group acquires shares in the Asset Management Group (AMG) and The New Homes Group


Connells Group sells remaining stake in Rightmove plc


Connells Group becomes 100% owned by Skipton Building Society

Connells Group acquires major shareholding in UK's leading provider of Energy Performance Certificates, Vibrant Energy Matters

The Group forms strategic relationship with the UK's second largest online property Zoopla

Connells Group forms Redstone Wills 


Connells Group acquires shareholding in leading provider of conveyancing and remortgaging panel management services, LMS Group. In the same year, Connells acquires Just Wills and independent estate agency Burchell Edwards including conveyancing firm Be Legal


Connells acquires a strategic stake in Hearthstone Investments plc, the UK's first residential property fund manager


Connells Group initiates major expansion programme for its residential lettings business


Connells Group acquires Peter Alan


Connells Group acquires Gascoigne Halman 

Connells Group acquires Gilbert & Thomas


Connells Group acquires Rook Matthews Sayer

Connells Group acquires Paul Dubberley

Connells Group acquires Touchstone Residential

Connells Group acquires Kevin Henry


Launch of new build mortgage services proposition supporting local and regional developers


CEO David Livesey celebrates 30 years with the Group


Connells Group acquires Countrywide Property Services Group

Connells Group acquires Hall & Benson

Connells Group acquires Holroyds


Launch of new EPC+ proposition from subsidiary Vibrant, including roll out to entire Connells Group branch network

Connells Group partners with Energy Saving Trust (EST)

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