Winkworth is a giant national agency franchise but this autumn it is marking a series of anniversaries for several of its London offices.
Firstly, this autumn marked the 25th anniversary of the West End office opened by franchisee Charles Peerless; of the Ealing office, opened in 1993 by Andrew Gilbert and now co-owned with Narendra Gandhi; and the 25th anniversary of the Golders Green branch, opened by Howard Greenfield and Graham Gold.
Secondly there’s the 20th anniversary of the Winkworth Finchley branch, again opened by Howard Greenfield and Graham Gold, while this autumn also sees the 10th anniversary of the Crystal Palace office opened by Calum Mason.
“Estate agency can be tough at times, but reaching these milestones proves that having the right people and the right support can lead to long-term success” says Winkworth chief executive Dominic Agace, who adds that the forging of long-term partnerships such as these has helped shape Winkworth.
Two other Winkworth central London offices celebrated significant anniversaries last year; Knightsbridge and Chelsea has now been open for 46 years, and Notting Hill opened 31 years ago.
Charles Peerless, franchisee of Winkworth’s Clerkenwell & City, Paddington & Bayswater and West End offices, says: “Choosing a franchise organisation with a good name, reputation, experience and support is paramount if you want the best chance of your business succeeding. Now, after achieving my initial goal of opening several franchises, I plan to increase our lettings and management portfolios.”
And Howard Greenfield adds: “When we established our business 25 years ago, we wanted a recognised, reputable name behind us that offered the flexibility of running our own show combined with the greatest chance of success. With a constantly changing and fluctuating market, which at times has been tough, we are delighted with the choice we made. Being part of a national franchise has definitely had a positive impact on our business.”