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The Only Way Is Essex as independent joins franchise empire

Winkworth has a new office at Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, as an independent local agency rebrands as part of the franchise giant.

Previously trading as Think Property for nine years, the company’s team will remain in place as the company rebrands at Winkworth. 

Mark Newman set up the business in 2010 and says: “We felt that this was the best next step to secure the success and longevity of our business. We want to ensure that, for our clients’ sakes, we’re at the top of our game when it comes to regulation, legislation and always being prepared for any changes in the market. We firmly believe that many independents could struggle to do this.”


And Dominic Agace, Winkworth’s chief executive, adds: “We’re delighted that Mark and his team have chosen to join our network and I have no doubt that their business and expertise will slot perfectly into our network. It’s widely known that franchising is one of the most resilient business models, and this announcement proves that point. 

“At a time when the industry is adjusting to changes in regulation, and with much uncertainty in the market, we’re able to help smaller independents thrive whilst continuing to grow and develop our network.”



Winkworth currently has around 100 franchised offices, as well as a Mayfair-based office providing a support platform for the network. 


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