Connells acquires another well-established agency

Connells Group has made a further addition to its national branch network, with the acquisition of Yorkshire-based estate agents Holroyds.

L to R: Steve Pearson, Julie Holroyd, Chris Holroyd, and Chris Rosindale

Sitting within the group’s Sequence business, Holroyds further expands the business’ extensive offering in Yorkshire, and comes after Connells completed the Countrywide takeover this week.

Holroyds is a well-established and family-run agent, offering sales, lettings and mortgage services across its three branches in Baildon, Keighley and Bingley.

Chris Holroyd, managing director who heads up the estate agency alongside Julie Holroyd, commented: “This [deal] significantly propels our offering to another level for both our current clients and new, as well as keeping our family-run feel which has served our clients so well over the last six years.

“We can’t wait to get started and look forward to growing the Holroyds brand over the years to come. This is also a fantastic opportunity for our brilliant team who will now have additional career opportunities.”

Upon acquisition each office will continue trading under the Holroyds brand.

Chris Rosindale, divisional managing director at Sequence, said: “We are extremely pleased to be welcoming Holroyds and our new colleagues into the business.

“They are a greatly respected, home-grown estate agency with excellent area knowledge, talent and reputation. This acquisition demonstrates our continued commitment to our high street operations, and I know that it will bring about our shared success, provide additional career opportunities, and allow both brands to strengthen their presence in this active market.”


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  1. Whaley

    Fantastic fella Chris, and a top business, from what I can understand a really impressive mortgage arm to boot.


  2. ComplianceGuy

    Connells Group continues to go from strength to strength.

    Many might ask why acquire these smaller 3-5 branch businesses when Countrywide doubles their high street presence, but Connells continuously says that its people are the reason for its success – so it goes without saying that they will always want to acquire businesses with solid property professionals.

    1. Hillofwad71

      Without doubt a great and well respected business has only been operating since 2015 and the MD clearly well known to Connells having joined Sequence to make a successful cold start in Wibsey.a decent suburb of Bradford  .


      Pride themselves as a family run business  but now part of a corporate beast .and will now be dancing to someone’s else’s tune


      Whether or not the brand is kept intact ,future expansion is ultimately now someone else’s decision further up the chain

      How do you keep them on the  premises after the big payday with no skin in the  ultimate holding company Skipton Building Society

      They left Sequence  last  time around the houses  to strike out alone and good luck to them?

      The canny lot at BTW Shiells in Belfast managed to sell themselves not once but  twice to Lambert Smith Hampton  (Countrywide) in its various forms  bought once .management  buyout and then  sold themselves back again for a lumpy sum .


      It will be interesting to see what happens now as part of Connells

       “This is also a fantastic opportunity for our brilliant team who will now have additional career opportunities.”

      You then beg the age old question what about those  members of staff who currently hold no equity .How do you keep them sweet too apart from the prospect of  a career progression and running their own office  in a large organisation  which might suit some but not others?


      What  we have seen with the corporates especially  Countrywide  the top jobs  are normally reserved for individuals arriving externally not promoted from within

      Their future hopes and  aspirations of  being offered and building up a business which they have a stake in and the opportunity of cashing in their chips  for the big payday disappeared over the horizon

      Not  for one moment thought they would be swallowed up by a big corporate



  3. WatchingwithInterest

    Don’t understand this one.
    He left them to set up with his mum, now sells to them!
    Why do this unless all not well in the business or it will be merged back into the WH browns business??

  4. KByfield04

    Congrats to Chris and wishing the team all the best for the future!

  5. Industry insider

    Dacres are the market leaders in the Aire Valley but Connells will work these new staff hard to catch them.


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