City Fibre deal means REI’s Brandon Court is fully let

Real Estate Investors plc (REI) has let the final suite at Brandon Court, the 33,689 sq ft development of three office buildings on the Bindley Industrial Estate near Coventry.

City Fibre has taken (4,047 sq ft) of space recently refurbished to Grade A specification, on a five-year term.

The latest deal comes on the back of successful letting of Block D earlier in the year.

Ian Clark, Director of Asset Management at REI, said: “That space had been occupied by Yazaki Europe Ltd.  As part of their global restructuring a deal was struck to allow them to surrender the space for a premium.

“Part of that was employed in splitting the space into two units and refurbishing it to a Grade A specification.  After a short marketing campaign by Drake Howard, both suites were let.”

Comex 2000 (UK) Ltd took 3,585 sq ft on a six year term, and Bennetts Motorcycling Services Ltd took 8,415 sq ft on a six year term.  Both lettings and the associated project works and refurbishment were undertaken and overseen by Drake Howard.

City Fibre has now taken the final suite at Brandon Court on a five year term. As part of the upgrading to Grade A specification, electric vehicle charging points were also installed.

Donna Barnes at Shakespeare Martineau acted for REI.

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Ian Clark, Director of Asset Management, Real Estate Investors plc, 2nd Floor, 75/77 Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2AP

0121 212 3446

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About Real Estate Investors Plc

Real Estate Investors Plc (REI Plc) is a publicly quoted, internally managed property investment company and REIT with a portfolio of 1.5 million sq ft of commercial property, managed by a highly-experienced property team with over 100 years of combined experience of operating in the Midlands property market across all sectors.

The Company’s strategy is to invest in well located, real estate assets in the established and proven markets of central Birmingham and the Midlands, with income and capital growth potential, realisable through active portfolio management, refurbishment, change of use and lettings.  The portfolio has no material reliance on a single asset or occupier.

John Truslove sells landmark Bromsgrove offices for £2.45 million

Worcestershire’s leading commercial property agents John Truslove have sold a landmark office development in Bromsgrove town centre for £2.45 million.

St Johns House was sold off-market on behalf of Quartz Investments in Stratford-upon-Avon to a charitable foundation.

The freehold building is fully let to Clay Knox Accountants on a new eight year term from January 2022 at a rental of £179,000 per annum – a net yield of 7%.

Ben Truslove, joint managing director of John Truslove, said: “St Johns House is a purpose-built office development over three floors 14,000 sq ft.

“Investment opportunities such as this in north Worcestershire do not come along every day, so we were delighted to be able to introduce St Johns House to the buyer. The appetite for property investment remains strong and we are keen to bring similar properties to an active and eager market.”

Veale Wasbrough Vizards LLP acted for the purchaser. Squire Patton Boggs acted for Quartz Investments. KWB were joint agents with John Truslove.

John Truslove was named Most Active Agent in Worcestershire for two years in a row in 2020 and 2021 in the Radius Data Exchange survey produced in conjunction with EG, the commercial property market magazine.

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For more information, contact:

John Truslove, Daralbee House, Archer Road, Redditch, B98 8DJ

01527 584242

Editor’s Notes

Redditch-based chartered surveyors and valuers John Truslove was established by John Truslove in 1981 and has become the market leading independent agent for commercial property in North Worcestershire and North Warwickshire as well as the wider West Midlands.

For the year 2021, joint managing director Ben Truslove was ranked second most successful dealmaker in the UK in the 2021 EG Radius On-Demand Rankings. He negotiated 89 sales and lettings during the year in a top ten dominated by partners from all the UK’s leading property agencies. He was the top industrial and commercial property agent in the West Midlands.

The agency, John Truslove, came first in Worcestershire and third in Warwickshire.

It follows on the success from 2020 and 2021 when the firm was named Most Active Agent in Worcestershire for two years in a row in the Radius Data Exchange survey produced in conjunction with EG, the commercial property market magazine.

Joint managing director Ian Parker was also named Worcestershire Dealmaker of the Year AND Warwickshire Dealmaker of the Year for 2020. The survey year, which runs from August to August, saw John Truslove record a 36% increase in deals negotiated over the 12 months.

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Record ½ year sees Bond Wolfe burst through £100 million

Birmingham property consultants Bond Wolfe have had a record first six months of the year, with this week’s auction set to take group turnover over £115 million year to date.

In the first six  months of 2022, the agency division of Bond Wolfe recorded sales of £28.4 million, finishing the first half with a further £6.1 million in legals.

Highlights include the sale of Waterloo Court in Wolverhampton for £2.8 million, Cridden Industrial Estate in Stourbridge for £1.115 million, a Leamington Spa investment for £1,595,000, a student accommodation residential investment in Birmingham for £11,610,000, and £2.25 million for a portfolio of residential sites in Acocks Green and Smethwick, Birmingham.

James Mattin, managing director agency at Bond Wolfe, said: “Considering the political, economic and pandemic backdrop to the first half of 2022, and this is by any measure an outstanding result.

“Our multi-disciplinary team across all divisions of Bond Wolfe has helped us achieve a record sales figure in the first half of 2022, and with sales across the UK to include the South East, North West, North East and Wales and with buyers across the globe, our national reach continues to grow.”

On Thursday, Bond Wolfe’s July auction will be the first “in-room” live auction the company has held for two and a half years, and it will also be streamed online – a feature that has proven ultra-successful during successive lockdowns.  Over £67 million has been raised so far this year by the auction division, with a healthy 207 lots due to go under the hammer on 21 July.

Mr Mattin said: “With all eyes on Birmingham as the Commonwealth Games opens later this month, this is a truly great time to be in business in this city, and we look forward to an even stronger second half of the year.”

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James Mattin, Managing Director Agency,

2nd Floor, 75/77 Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2AP

0121 525 0600 or 0121 524 1172, Email:

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Editors’ notes

Bond Wolfe is an established commercial property practice based in Birmingham and West Bromwich. Its services include commercial property sales and lettings, auctions, property investment, and development throughout the West Midlands.

Siddall Jones signs up Stripe Property Group for key Jewellery Quarter site

Birmingham’s top commercial agents Siddall Jones have announced the sale of the last remaining plot of land in a prime Jewellery Square location in Birmingham to one of the country’s leading SME property developers.

Stripe Property Group, which has offices in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Birmingham, has already made a number of strategic investments within Birmingham, contributing to the considerable regeneration of the city in recent years.

The group’s most recent acquisition, for £700,000 via Siddall Jones, is the development opportunity on the corner of St Pauls Square, adjacent to Henry Wongs restaurant, which will add an additional gross development value of £2,750,000 to its portfolio.

The site has planning permission for a four storey building, including retail or commercial use on the ground floor with four large, luxury two bedroom apartments on the three floors above.

Ed Siddall-Jones, managing director of Siddall Jones, said: “The St Pauls and Jewellery Quarter location has always attracted significant interest from developers and the market for smaller, more individually designed, schemes is performing very well as purchasers look for a more individual and specialist development.

“We received keen interest from a number of local and national developers, and I am delighted that Stripe Property Group was successful and will take this key site forward.

“Stripe Property Group has acquired a prime development site in one of Birmingham’s most desirable addresses with far reaching views over St Pauls Square as well as being within walking distance of the city centre and Jewellery Quarter.

“The scheme, which was developed by The Space Studio architects and designers, retains the industrial heritage of the location while drawing on modern architectural features with plenty of space and natural light.”

Managing director of Stripe Property Group James Forrester said: “Our latest acquisition has been just one in a string of strategic investments designed to bring quality commercial and residential development to the heart of Birmingham.

“The city has undergone a huge level of regeneration in recent times and our aim has always been to compliment the changing face of Birmingham by delivering high quality real estate, designed for local businesses and residents alike.

“The site on the corner of St Pauls Square will certainly help achieve this and we are now ready to bring our vision for this plot to fruition.”

The apartments offer 1,216 sq ft of living space with the ground floor offering 861 sq ft in a total of 4,509 sq ft. There is also an individual bicycle store on each floor for each apartment.

St Pauls Square is recognised as one of the most desirable residential locations close to the business quarter in central Birmingham. It has easy access to the city centre’s retail and recreational facilities and is a short walk to the Metro, and Birmingham Snow Hill and Birmingham New Street railway stations.

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For further information, please contact,

Ed Siddall-Jones, Managing Director,

Siddall Jones, The Mint, 95 Icknield Street, Birmingham B18 6 RU.

0121 638 0500

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Editors’ Notes

Siddall Jones, which has offices in Birmingham and Dudley, was launched by Ed Siddall-Jones in 2012 and has grown steadily from one office to two and from one member of staff to six. In 2020, the firm was named Most Active Agent in the West Midlands in the Radius Data Exchange survey produced in conjunction with EG, the commercial property market magazine. In 2019, Siddall Jones was named Most Active Single Branch Agent by number of deals done by CoStar and was a Top Five finalist in the overall CoStar awards. In 2022, Siddall Jones was named the top commercial agent in the West Midlands in the EG Radius On-Demand Rankings. The firm brokered 156 deals including sales and lettings in 2021, almost double the number of the nearest rival.

Stripe Property Group

Stripe Property Group is a UK property developer focusing on student and residential developments in the North East and Midlands with 20 years’ property experience.

James Forrester has worked within the property industry for 20 years, born and bred in Newcastle and now residing in Birmingham, he has extensive knowledge of the local market, as well as the wider national market.

James is a director of Stripe Property Group, a company specialising in top-quality new-build developments in the North East and Midlands.

As a result, James has an unrivalled knowledge of the sales, lettings and new-build sectors, making him an accomplished, all-round property market commentator.

Associate director celebrates decade at top Birmingham estate agency she helped build

A top Birmingham estate agency is about to celebrate the 10th anniversary of an associate director whose local knowledge helped establish and build the business over the last decade.

Melissa Petros joined Davidson Estates, whose head office is at 14a Frederick Road, in Edgbaston, as a lettings negotiator and viewer working just two days a week back in June 2012.

Her local knowledge of properties around Edgbaston, Harborne and Birmingham city centre soon proved its value, earning her the role as associate director at the firm.

Ms Petros, who was raised and still resides in Edgbaston, said: “It really doesn’t feel like 10 years as time always flies when you’re enjoying yourself.

“I remember seeing a job advert for Davidson Estates and saw that it was based in Edgbaston and I thought: ‘I know Edgbaston – that might be the job for me!

“I got the job and started part-time as a lettings negotiator and viewer, and those two days a week soon became three days, then four, then five days and more!

“Today, my main role is to carry out the sales and lettings valuations for new properties coming on to the market.

“Ben and I also maintain relationships with our clients and build new ones every day which is the foundation of our success.

“I was born, grew up and still live in the B15 area and have a real passion for the area.”

Ben Davidson, the founder and managing director of Davidson Estates, interviewed Ms Petros back in 2012 and offered her the job the very next day.

He said: “Melissa was a great find and is responsible for a major part of Davidson Estate’s expansion, reputation and quality.

“She just knows the Edgbaston market so well and, since this prime suburb is such a vital part of the company, her knowledge has been crucial for our growth.

“I can’t quite believe it’s been 10 years and we’re determined to celebrate her role and the way she has helped me make such a success of the firm.”

Ms Petros added: “I’ve loved working with Ben and the team over the last ten years.

“Ben and I got on from the moment we met at my interview, with the same hard work ethic and passion for the business.

“I’m proud of how my local knowledge helped the business and together we’ve built an established company that has such a good reputation across Edgbaston and the wider city.”

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For further information, please contact:

Ben Davidson, Managing Director, Davidson Estates,

Head office: Unit 2, Liberty Place, Sheepcote Street, Birmingham B16 8AE

14 Frederick Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 1JD

Tel: 0121 455 7727

Mobile: 07834 561 537


Editors’ Notes

Davidson Estates is an established estate and letting agency based in Edgbaston and Birmingham city centre, specialising in residential property lettings, property management, PRS Management (Build-to-Rent), residential sales, new build (presale) sales, land/site finding, development consultation, furniture, maintenance and refurbishments. Founded by Ben Davidson in January 2009, the business has built up an excellent reputation for its high level of service and is now regarded as one of the best and most reliable property agents in Edgbaston and Birmingham city centre.

Nicol & Co wins ‘Gold’ again in prestigious national property awards

A Worcestershire estate agent has scooped another top honour in the UK’s biggest estate and lettings agency awards.

Nicol & Co, which is based in Malvern, Worcester and Droitwich, struck ‘Gold’ for sales in the Property Academy’s national Best Estate Agent Guide 2023.

The award will be Nicol & Co’s eighth ‘Gold’ since it first entered the awards back in 2014, a success rate that led to managing director Matt Nicol speaking on the stage at the awards in 2019.

Judges analysed all the UK’s 15,000-plus estate agents using millions of data points and listings, thousands of survey responses and web enquiries, with Nicol & Co’s performance resulting in its ‘Gold’ award.

Mr Nicol now plans to take some of his staff down to London to pick up the trophy at a ceremony on 21 September.

He said: “We are delighted to have once again been recognised with a ‘Gold’ award for the second year running, highlighting us as among the best in the country.

“Our ‘Gold’ and top listing in the Best Estate Agent Guide can give our customers confidence that they’re dealing with one of the UK’s very best estate agents.”

A spokesperson for the EA Masters Awards said: “The Best Estate Agent Guide shines a light on the best estate and letting agencies in the country, following a whole of market assessment of the things that matter most to consumers – marketing, service and results.”

Full details of the EA Masters Awards can be seen here:

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For further information, please call:

Matt Nicol, Managing Director, Nicol & Co, 226 Worcester Road, Droitwich Spa, WR9 8AY

Tel: 01905 779072

Notes to Editors

Established in 2009, Nicol & Co is an award-winning estate agency offering advice on sales, lettings, new homes and land purchase. The company combines the latest in digital media with traditional high street courtesy and service to provide the perfect blend of old and new technology.

Prime Leamington Spa investment sold by Bond Wolfe in just seven days

A prime Leamington Spa commercial investment has been sold by Bond Wolfe in just seven days.

The property at 34 The Parade, which is fully let to McDonalds Real Estate LLP, has been purchased by Citivest Ltd for an undisclosed sum.

James Mattin, managing director agency at Bond Wolfe, said: “We are delighted to have concluded yet another prominent investment sale, in such a short timescale.

“The property was placed under offer within seven days after numerous bids were received – very much reflective of the current market for investment opportunities in sought-after locations let to strong covenants.

“There were numerous under bidders for this opportunity, so we urge owners of similar properties to contact us to take advantage of this competitive market.”

The property is fully let to McDonalds Real Estate LLP for a term expiring in June 2032.

James Mattin added: “This was a very much sought-after covenant in an attractive location in a popular spa town with a beautifully picturesque town centre. It is just one of a number of investment opportunities we are currently bringing to market, in what is currently a very competitive market.”

Citivest Ltd was represented by TDB Real Estate and advised by law firm Kingsley Napley in London. CBTC Solicitors in West Bromwich advised the seller.

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James Mattin, Managing Director Agency,

2nd Floor, 75/77 Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2AP

0121 525 0600 or 0121 524 1172, Email:

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Editors’ notes

Bond Wolfe is an established commercial property practice based in Birmingham and West Bromwich. Its services include commercial property sales and lettings, auctions, property investment, and development throughout the West Midlands.

C’mon you Spurs! Principle recruits experienced commercial building surveyor to its team

An experienced commercial building surveyor who helped on the construction of the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London has joined Principle Estate Management.

James Lucas joins Principle after spending nearly eight years with property consultancies Stace and Ingleton Wood.

Mr Lucas is a proficient computer aided design (CAD) technician who has also previously worked on renovations of one of the royal historic palaces.

Richard Coles, senior building surveyor at Principle, said: “We are delighted to have appointed James who will help us to focus on delivering even more major works projects.

“He impressed us with his strong background in commercial surveying and he will bring several transferrable skills into the residential market for Principle.

“His CAD skills will also allow Principle to produce floor plans for our properties and detailed design drawings for major works, which will help the procurement of new projects further down the line.”

Mr Coles explained that Mr Lucas will join the drone training programme at Principle to ensure that all the properties under management have their inaccessible or non-visible roofs inspected and maintained for weather tightness over the winter period.

He added: “The recruitment of James enables the building surveying department to set new key targets for growth over the next year as the company expand and grows.

“The acquisition will allow the department to focus on ensuring the quality of works for each project is completed to a higher standard and will allow us to meet all client and leaseholders’ expectations.”

Mr Lucas, from Essex, graduated from the University of Leicester in 2013 with a BA in Management Studies, and then took an MSc in Building Surveying at Nottingham Trent University, graduating in 2014.

He plans to continue assessments with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors with the aim of becoming a qualified chartered surveyor in the future.

He said: “I’m pleased to be joining the team at Principle and look forward to not only putting my skills to new use but also to gaining new experience in property management.”

With offices in Birmingham and London, Principle now has approximately 50 staff and looks after nearly 9,000 property units in more than 250 developments across the UK.

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For further information please contact: 

Brett Williams,

Principle Estate Management LLP, 137 Newhall Street, Birmingham B3 1SF

Tel: 07954 078711 / 0121 289 4315


Editors’ notes:

Operating from offices in Birmingham and London, Principle is a forward-thinking, customer-focused managing agent providing professional property management services nationwide. Founded in 2018 and led by experienced Chartered Surveyors, Principle’s vision is to positively impact the everyday lives of its communities. The company manages modern apartment buildings, traditional blocks of flats, mixed use developments, private housing estates and private rented sector (PRS) or build-to-rent (BTR) developments, as well as portfolios of rented properties for residential or commercial landlords.

Student halls in Birmingham sold in multi-million-pound deal by Bond Wolfe

What is thought to be one of the largest student residential investment sales across the West Midlands in the last year has been completed by top regional property agency Bond Wolfe.

The property at 18-20 Dawlish Road in Selly Oak, Birmingham, has been sold for an undisclosed sum off a quoting guide price of £14 million to an existing student housing operator.

The purpose-built student halls contain 129 bedrooms over three blocks, 122 of them with ensuite toilet and shower rooms, and five of them described as “premium studios”.

The property  also recently received planning consent for the development of an additional 35 rooms.

James Mattin, managing director agency at Bond Wolfe, said: “We are delighted to have concluded this substantial sale on behalf of our clients after a competitive bid process.

“This deal represents months of hard work often not recognised in the agency world, so we are proud to have got this sale over the line.

“This was a tricky sale to navigate and has culminated in an excellent result for both parties.

“The seller disposed of the property after 20 years of successful ownership, and the purchaser jumped at the opportunity.“

Mr Mattin added: “This is one of numerous sales that Bond Wolfe are handling in what has already been a record year for their agency team.

“This deal represents an excellent opportunity for the buyer to take an existing successful student scheme and take it to the next level with further refurbishment work and development of more rooms following recent planning permission”.

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For further information, please contact:

James Mattin, Managing Director Agency,

2nd Floor, 75/77 Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2AP

0121 525 0600 or 0121 524 1172, Email:

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Editors’ notes

Bond Wolfe is an established commercial property practice based in Birmingham and West Bromwich. Its services include commercial property sales and lettings, auctions, property investment, and development throughout the West Midlands.

Harrow House is latest millionaires’ pad from DM & Co. Premium

One of the most stunning homes in Warwickshire has just come on the market with DM & Co. Premium as the Dorridge-based independent agent celebrates its first £4 million sale.

Harrow House, built in 2005, is a fabulous modern seven bedroom family home set in 16.67 acres in Langley, Warwickshire, and is on the market for offers over £3 million.

DM & Co. established the Premium brand in March 2019 to market and sell homes in the £1 million to £5 million price bracket.

So successful has this specialist division headed by Kathy Griffiths become, it currently has an astonishing 29 homes worth more than £50 million on its books, with more in the pipeline.

Kathy said: “The launch of Harrow House comes off the back of our success with our first £4 million pound sale, which was completed off market, low profile and is a real sign of the direction the business is taking.

“We are gradually seeing a significant increase in our average sale price of our property portfolio, but also the area in which our business is expanding. Later this month we will be launching our first property in Leamington Spa to the open market, which is incredibly exciting.”

Set in spectacular Warwickshire countryside east of the A3400 between Stratford-upon-Avon and Henley-in-Arden, Harrow House provides over 6,300 sq ft spread over three floors.

The property was awarded the Stratford-upon-Avon District Council Celebration of Excellence Design Award in 2007 and it’s easy to see why when you take a tour –

Kathy said: “Harrow House is a spectacular property which blends contemporary design into its countryside setting, with stunning views from every aspect.

“It’s light and spacious throughout and extremely well planned. It feels large without ever feeling overwhelming and vast, and retains a family feel while offering modern contemporary living.”

From the front door, an ante-hall with glass bricks and double height ceiling provides a taste of what is to come.

An impressive long hallway takes the visitor through to rear of the home, past an office and snug on the left into a fabulous modern kitchen, with central island, electric AGA and large sliding glass doors on to a stunning patio area.

Outside is the perfect area for entertaining, with an outdoor kitchen, pizza oven, canopied awning and plenty of space to relax, eat and entertain – including a ten-seater hot tub included in the sale!

From the kitchen a step down leads into the incredible lounge/sitting room with open views out on to the green valley below.

The space, light and setting is enhanced by opulent furnishings and accessories, including a suspended WW2 model aeroplane.

In the basement, there is a large gym which doubles up as a cinema room, with large fixed screen, overhead projector and sound system, as well as in infrared sauna.

This area also includes two guest bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and access to the ground via sliding doors. The basement also has a storage room, large utility room, guest cloakroom, boot room and boiler room.

Moving back upstairs, the large landing on the first floor leads to five further bedrooms.

The spacious master bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe, en-suite bathroom and a balcony with spiral staircase down to the outside entertaining area.

All the remaining bedrooms have the advantage of individual balconies and built-in wardrobes. Three bedrooms even have their own mezzanine floors, making them ideal for children to do their homework, play games or relax in front of the TV. These bedrooms share two shower rooms.

Kathy Griffiths, Head of Premium, works alongside managing director Dominic Murphy to provide an unobtrusive approach to luxury property sales.

She said: “We can market multi-million pound properties equally successfully either on the open market or on a very low profile basis, only offering your home to a private database of discerning buyers.

“Many high net worth clients do not wish their property sales and purchases to be available to public scrutiny, and we are now established as the go-to independent estate agent in the Solihull and north Warwickshire region for discreet property marketing, as our results show.

“Of the 29 £1 million plus properties we had on our books in May, over 50% are under offer.”

DM & Co. Homes is a local, independent estate agent covering Solihull, Dorridge, Lapworth, Tanworth-in-Arden and the surrounding areas.

To find out more about DM & Co. Premium’s property marketing service, contact Kathy Griffiths.

Kathy said: “Whatever your taste in luxury properties, DM & Co. Premium is here to help you find your dream home, and remember, if you can’t see it on our website, ask about our Low Profile Listings, as we may have just the property for you.”

For more details, see

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For further information, please contact:

Kathy Griffiths, Head of Premium, DM & Co. Homes

T: 01564 777 314 E:

Unit 2, Forest Court Shopping Centre, Dorridge, Solihull, B93 8FG

Editors’ notes:

DM & Co. Homes is a local, independent estate agent covering Solihull, Dorridge, Lapworth, Tanworth-in-Arden and the surrounding areas.

The company has traditional high street offices at The Forest Shopping Centre, Station Road in Dorridge and at The Pavilions, Cranmore Drive in Solihull, along with a recently launched Land and New Homes division that is quickly growing.

It has made a major investment in its head office, based on Cranmore Drive, where its land & new homes, lettings, financial advisors, sales progressors and administration teams are based.

DM & Co. Home’s media team also operates from the Cranmore Drive offices, providing photography, video and content planning that attracts more than 100,000 views a month via YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.