Well-known franchise network expands with new branch opening

Martin & Co in South West London, operated by long-standing franchisee Michael van de Vyver, has added a fifth branch to his growing portfolio.

The move comes just four months after the franchisee opened a fourth office of national sales and lettings agency following the acquisition of Lester Smith in October 2023.

van de Vyver rebranded the independent’s office as Martin & Co Battersea – adding to his other branches in Chelsea, Battersea Reach and London Riverside.

Now, he has launched his fifth office in the heart of Chelsea, on the Fulham Road, with Simon Stilwell heading up the branch after nearly 10 years with the company.

The new office will become Martin & Co Chelsea, with the group’s existing office on Cremorne Road being renamed Martin & Co Chelsea Riverside.

van de Vyver said: “April will mark 20 years since I joined Martin & Co and opened the first office on Lots Road.

“It’s been quite an incredible journey and being able to open a fifth office in such an amazing location in the middle of Chelsea really backs up everything we’ve achieved over those two decades.

“The new office perfectly complements our existing South West London branches and the team are already doing amazing work for our clients in the area.”

Martin & Co managing director, Eric Walker, added: “It’s been less than four months since I last spoke about Michael’s incredible work ethic and appetite for growth, following the launch of his Battersea office.

“He’s a fantastic leader of great teams across his five offices and I have no doubt he’ll continue to lead and grow his businesses with the flair and professionalism he’s shown over the past 20 years.”



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