John Truslove helps trusted Thule partner deliver a nationwide business
A move to new headquarters and the launch of a website is helping Worcestershire-based Browns Outdoors take its roof rack and top box business nationwide, thanks to assistance from commercial property agents John Truslove.
The agency ensured a fast-track move for Stefan Brown and his family-run business to bigger offices on the Harris Business Park, in rural Stoke Prior.
He said: “The offices are great – they present a really attractive face to the public when they come to collect their goods – and there’s the added benefit of the woods over the road. Customers often take their dogs for a walk over there while we are fitting the racks – and I take our two Labradors a couple of times a day too.”
The move means a big shift in gear for the business, which specialises in the high-end Thule range of roof bars, bike racks, roof boxes and rooftop tents, and follows a period of rapid growth.
“We’ve only been going three years,” said Stefan, who runs the business with help of his police officer wife.
“I was selling photocopiers when Covid hit and found myself furloughed. I started out fitting towbars and then branched out into top boxes and racking.
“By the time Covid was over, I decided to pursue the business full time. We started off with some small offices on Saxon Business Park in Bromsgrove but started looking for bigger, more prominent premises.
“I spotted this unit on Harris Business Park and got in touch with the agents John Truslove.
“Ben Truslove, the joint managing director, and trainee surveyor James Haynes have been brilliant. Always available and helpful, they kept things moving so we could move in as rapidly as possible. Although they represent the landlord, they were very even-handed and understood our needs too.”
Ben Truslove arranged a two-year tenancy deal for Browns Outdoors to take 460 sq ft of ground floor office space at Unit A2 on the Harris Business Park, in Stoke Prior, Bromsgrove.
Mr Brown added: “There are three of us on the team now and we have room to hold stock and carry out fitting work. We also launched our website at the start of June which means we are now trading nationwide, not just locally. As a result, growth has been incredible.”
Ben Truslove of agents John Truslove, said: “It is always very satisfying to help a fledgling business take the next step on its journey. This was an important move for Brown Outdoors and sets them on the right track for further growth.
“This is what we do, matching the right tenants with the right premises and the right landlords in deals that benefit all the parties. It is part of the reason why we have built a reputation as this area’s leading commercial property agency.”
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John Truslove, Daralbee House, Archer Road, Redditch, B98 8DJ
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.
John Truslove has been named top commercial property agency in Worcestershire again – for the third year in a row. The company, now in its 42nd year, left the competition standing.
In 2022, John Truslove signed off 77 deals, more than all the other top five agents in Worcestershire combined. And in Warwickshire, John Truslove ranked fifth.
The figures are revealed in the latest EG Radius On-Demand Rankings, the property trade national league table of commercial agents. 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.
Issued by Andy Skinner of ASAP PR, mobile 07990 978257.