Linley and Simpson is to launch an office in Hull following its purchase of the lettings arm of Beercocks, the long-established family-run agency.
The deal has transferred almost 500 properties into Linley and Simpson’s own rental portfolio, which now stands at 8,700 homes.
The Beercocks network of nine offices will now focus exclusively on developing its award-winning residential sales specialism.
Beercocks’ origins date to the turn of the millennium when it launched as Beercock, Wiles and Wick. Its current managing director, Bob Beercock, said the agency would now concentrate its skills on residential sales across its heartland of Hull, Beverley, the East Riding of Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.
Going forward, Linley and Simpson and Beercocks will be working in close collaboration to give the one million people living in Hull and its surrounding areas the best of both worlds – the former specialising in lettings, and the latter dedicated to sales.
Short-term, Linley and Simpson will operate from within the Newland Avenue headquarters of Beercocks, before launching its own branded branch in different premises as soon as possible in the New Year. It added that it is retaining Beercocks’ frontline lettings team to ensure a “seamless transition”.
Founded by Linley and Nick Simpson in 1997 with just two branches and a handful of staff, the Yorkshire duo’s company now employs a team of 260 people and last month was crowned Best Large Agency in the Yorkshire Residential Property Awards.
Chief executive and co-founder, Will Linley, said: “While Linley and Simpson may be a new name for Hull and its surrounding communities, our pedigree in residential lettings spans more than 22 years. We have a passion for property and a commitment to customer care, and look forward to bringing our expertise to Hull for the benefit of new and existing clients.
“To have acquired the lettings arm of a market-leading agency of Beercocks’ calibre provides us with the best possible launchpad on which to build.
“We are thrilled to launch in Hull at a time when its appeal for landlords and tenants is growing – last year it was named as the third-most improved UK city as a place to live and work. It has long been a strategic target for expansion.”