Landlord and property developer takes over Martin & Co branch

Grant Simpson

The Cupar branch of Martin & Co is now under the ownership of landlord and property developer Grant Simpson.

He acquired the Fife branch from outgoing franchisees Kim and Jackie Godwin, who are retiring after a long, happy and successful innings at Cupar.

After running his family’s trade and retail sales businesses for more than three decades, Grant retired himself – only to “get bored” after just three months and start looking for a new challenge.

“I spent time managing my own buy-to-lets and doing some property developments, but I was always keen on getting into the lettings side of estate agency as I knew how resilient and rewarding it was,” said Simpson.

“The helping hand, quality of support and knowledge base that the Martin & Co franchise model provides made joining the brand an easy choice.”

Simpson grew up in Angus but spent a lot of time in Cupar and Fife when he was younger as his father was a regular entrant in the Highland Games there.

He added: “Once I saw that the Cupar branch of Martin & Co was up for sale, I looked into it straight away as it’s an area I’m so familiar with. I could see at once that it was a superb business, so I went for it.”

Eric Walker, managing director of Martin & Co in Scotland, said: “We are delighted to be supporting Grant Simpson with his acquisition of our Cupar business.

“East Fife is one of Scotland’s property hotspots with market analysts reporting record house price inflation, with prices in parts of Fife rising by more than 26% in the last year.

“Rental growth is strong too. Quality of life is attracting homemakers and investors alike to the area. Cupar a great place to be – whether as a location for business, or as a place to live and to make a home.

“With record levels of activity, we are looking forward to record business being done by Grant and his team and to having record numbers of happy clients at Cupar.”


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    Great to see he’s buying an oven ready business.

    Further comments of fellow TPFG stable brand to follow. Yarda yarda.

    Though I’d get that one in early doors. Surprised I’m first to comment actually.

    Perhaps our cheerleader has slept in this morning?!

    Good luck Grant, great to have you in the network.

    1. Hillofwad71

      A jolly good morning to you Donners


      Yes sounds like a good move and the best of luck to him.


      If he  had  been considering Roast Lamb In Scotland he wouldn’t actually have been spoiled for choice.


      Hamilton packed up some time ago  and Edinburgh West  dissolved last year  where their latest accounts was  showing a crippling deficit of £108,000 with £123,000 due in 12 monthsi


      That would have left him  just Glasgow North who have had  very few instructions over  the last few years and the solid Aberdeen to consider.

  2. Woodentop

    Wait and see ….


    I was always keen on getting into the lettings side of estate agency as I knew how resilient and rewarding it was.

  3. Hillofwad71

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