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Veteran franchisee returns to company after 25 years

The first agent to open a franchised Winkworth branch has returned to the business as a consultant.

Michael Stoop began his career at Winkworth in 1976, and was the first to open a franchised Winkworth office in 1981. He re-sold the current Parsons Green branch in 1988 to a new franchisee, before going on to become managing director of Winkworth between 1986 and 1992.

Since then he has played a key role in developing other franchise opportunities within the property industry. In his latest role as consultant he will work closely with Winkworth’s New Franchising team to help expand the network.

“His experience in the industry, and particularly in franchising, is second to none. I have no doubt that he will add great value to our brand and help to drive Winkworth’s expansion into new and exciting areas nationally” explains Dominic Agace, chief executive at Winkworth.

Stoop is currently vice chairman of The Property Ombudsman as well as serving in an advisory and mentoring role at other property firms.

He says: “It’s almost like coming home. I’m thoroughly looking forward to returning to Winkworth after such a long time away and hope to provide real value in helping to promote and expand its franchise proposal. We’re on the look-out for talented, experienced agents with in-depth knowledge of their local market to join our network of franchisees, so I’d like to invite these individuals to get in touch to nd out more.”

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