Connells Group signs strategic partnership with Zoopla.co.uk

08 July 2010

Leading property website, Zoopla.co.uk, has today announced that it has signed long term strategic partnerships with the UK’s three largest estate agent groups - the Connells Group, Countrywide and LSL Property Services plc.

Under these agreements, each of the agent groups will advertise all of their properties on and provide additional marketing and advisory support to Zoopla.co.uk.

These partnerships signal a strong endorsement of Zoopla.co.uk by the country’s leading estate agency chains, which between them operate more than 2,000 high street branches across the UK under a variety of brands including Hamptons International, Bridgfords, Reed Rains, Your Move, William H Brown and Barnard Marcus, and have combined annual revenues in excess of £875m.

Since its launch only two years ago Zoopla.co.uk has grown at an unrivalled pace in the online property sector to become the UK’s second most-visited property website (Nielsen/UKOM), reaching an audience of almost 5 million visitors per month.

Each of the agent groups plan to work closely with Zoopla.co.uk on a variety of initiatives to maximise the online opportunities for all Zoopla.co.uk agent members and the services offered to consumers searching for property online. The agreement is a testament to the growing strength of property portals, and in particular Zoopla.co.uk, which continues to play an ever-increasing role for agents in terms of both exposure and enquiries.

David Livesey (CEO of Connells Group), Grenville Turner (CEO of Countrywide) and Simon Embley (CEO of LSL) have each been appointed to the Zoopla.co.uk board as Non-Executive Directors with immediate effect.

David Livesey, Group CEO of Connells says: “We are delighted to be working more strategically with Zoopla.co.uk who have an impressive team and track record and have shown a strong interest in working in partnership with the industry to help maximise the online business opportunities for all agents and the industry. We look forward to helping Zoopla.co.uk to build on its success to date.”

Alex Chesterman, Founder and CEO of Zoopla.co.uk says: 'The decision of the leading estate agency groups to endorse Zoopla.co.uk as a strategic partner for each of their businesses is great testament to what we have achieved over the last two years and the innovation that we bring to the market. These partnerships will help us to better serve the needs of our website users, all of our agent members and the industry as a whole. We are looking forward to continuing to innovate and develop products that make us the best place for consumers to search for property and the most efficient marketing partner for estate agents.”

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Further information
For further information and photography, please contact the press office on 01525 215419 or email Julia Brook, Group PR Manager: Julia.brook@connells.co.uk or Christine Webb, Group PR Executive: Christine.webb@connells.co.uk

Notes to editors

About the Connells Group
Founded in 1936 and comprising of 464 branches nationwide, the industry-leading Connells Group is the second largest and most profitable UK estate agency network. Last year, the Group generated £54.2 million in pre-tax profits making it the most successful estate agency Group in the UK.

In addition to operating under the Connells brand, the Group trades under other well-known local names including Allen & Harris, Bagshaws Residential, Barnard Marcus, Brown & Merry, Fox & Sons, Jones & Chapman, Manners & Harrison, Roger Platt, Shipways, Swetenhams, William H Brown, Sharman Quinney and Pattison Lane.

As well as residential property sales and lettings, the Group has a comprehensive range of B2C and B2B services including new homes, mortgage services, conveyancing, EPCs, surveying, corporate lettings, asset management, land & planning, LPA receivers, auctions and relocations.

The Connells Group is consistently named Best Large Estate Agency at the Estate Agency of the Year awards, winning the top prize for four of the past six years. It is also highly acclaimed in the New Homes category, wining Gold five times in the last six years, and in the Financial Services category for which it currently holds the Gold prize. For more information, please visit www.connells.co.uk




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