Franchise giant Hunters says 2015 was its most successful year to date.
The firm opened in 32 new locations during the past year, including Oxford, Southampton, London, Sunderland, the Wirral, Norfolk and Kent.
A key acquisition in the year was that of Country Properties, an existing franchised operation with strongholds in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire, adding a further 23 branches to the Hunters network.
Having opened its first branch 24 years ago in York, Hunters now has 170 branches nationwide and says it is planning further expansion; it says branches in central London and north west England are scheduled to open before the end of March.
Last year also saw Hunters floating on the London Stock Exchange and launching a dedicated residential development division, and the launch of its first national TV commercial; this advert is to be the mainstay of the firm's advertising this year, too, and you can see it here.