“I was won over at every level by Northwood”
With a quarter of a century in the estate agency trade and a total of 30 years’ experience in the property sector, Deryck Highet is not just an industry expert but a seasoned veteran.
Equipped with all the skills to start up independently, when the 56 year-old was made redundant, creating his own property business from scratch was a tempting prospect – that was until the Northwood franchise caught his eye. Deryck’s dedicated career in property had seen him work for two of the country’s biggest names in the industry and at one stage was responsible for 170 offices across the south of England. He even met his partner and future franchise co-owner Joanna working in the business.
In the wake of the HIPs debacle in 2009, Deryck was made redundant. While on the job hunt he applied for a
position with Northwood as an area manager, and it was during the application process that he saw what potential
there was in being a franchisee. Deryck was so impressed with the company that he couldn’t resist the opportunity.
And so, six months after being made redundant Deryck and partner Joanna launched the Wirral Northwood office and haven’t looked back since.
“I had considered going into business for myself but the offering from Northwood was too good to resist and streets ahead of anything else that was out there in the market. The final factor that put me beyond all doubt was the assistance new franchisees are given to get off the ground. Being supplied with a strong brand and all the office furniture and IT systems is a massive weight off the shoulders of any new business owner and for me meant I was able to get on with running the business from day one.”
In its first year of business the Wirral Northwood office has accrued an impressive portfolio of properties in the area, which is expanding by the day. The vast majority of its landlords are attracted by Northwood’s Platinum Scheme and subsequently reap the rewards of a guaranteed income.
“Jo and I are extremely proud of the successes we’ve achieved in our first 12 months, having the Northwood team on hand has been an invaluable asset and has helped us establish our business in the market. We are now looking ahead to the next year, which promises to be a busy one,” finished Deryck.
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