Belvoir franchise owner, Steve Slawson, has expanded his Worcester-based business by purchasing Belvoir Hereford as a resale.

Slawson said: “Belvoir Hereford is about a 40-minute drive from my Worchester office, but the girls who work there do a fantastic job and so I currently spend about one-third of my time in Hereford and the rest in Worchester. The resale went smoothly, but the franchise support team at Belvoir’s Central Office were incredibly helpful – I don’t think I could have done this without them.”

Slawson’s latest business development comes just 18 months after he acquired the lettings portfolio of a local estate agent, gaining a significant number of extra properties overnight. Belvoir officially recognised Slawson’s achievements in 2010 when he won the Belvoir Acquisition Award for the most successful acquisition of a competitor.

Dorian Gonsalves, Managing Director of Belvoir, said: “Steve is one of the nicest people you will ever meet, and the resale of Belvoir Hereford will be a great asset to his portfolio and business. We wish him every success for the future.

“I’m delighted that another Belvoir franchise owner has been able to realise his asset and in doing so has benefited from a cash sum, as this is exactly the reason why people choose to join Belvoir in the first place. Growing a business can be challenging but with the help and support of one the best franchisors in the industry there’s no reason why a sizeable and valuable asset can’t be grown from scratch within a relatively short time period.

“We are currently experiencing very low levels of resales, which suggests that our franchise owners do not want to leave Belvoir! Many franchise networks resell between five and 10 per cent of their network each year. We are currently reselling less than three per cent as our franchise owners simply do not wish to sell.

“Our support team works closely with our franchise owners to help develop their individual business plans and overall business strategy. This is critical to the success of any small business and demonstrates the benefits of being part of a professional and experienced franchise model.”

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