In 1955, the late John Wilkinson joined Larry Connell at the Leighton Buzzard office of Connells where he did his ‘articles’ and learnt to become a professional estate agent and surveyor. John was instrumental in the expansion of Connells and was the Senior Partner and major shareholder in Connells until 1978. John Wilkinson resigned his senior partnership, and set out to present his own brand of professional estate agency.
John built 12 offices across 5 counties
He built, with his business partner, a network of 12 offices and departments across five counties and the practice was highly respected as an effective, professional organisation specialising in country homes. Consequently, as a result of the major changes in the mid 1980s, the practice was approached by major banks, building societies and insurance companies to sell into their own chains of estate agents and, in late 1987, the partnership was sold.
In 1992, Simon Wilkinson joined to make estate agency more personal
Disappointed by the impersonal style of estate agency offered by major institutions, Simon Wilkinson resigned from a corporate practice in 1992 to join his father in recreating the brand of estate agency that had proved so acceptable to their previous clients.
Now Wilkinsons offer alternative estate agency
Joined by some former senior members and some new members of staff, they offer the ‘alternative estate agency’ – a private, completely independent, practice offering informed advice on a broad range of property matters, coupled with personal service from qualified professionals.
Quality assurance awards have been achieved
The partnership is growing and is recognised nationally as a dynamic, ground breaking, practice, demonstrated by the achievement of many national awards and Quality Assurance Standards including ISO 9002 accreditation and the National Association Award as ‘Best Independent Estate Agent East Anglian Region 1996’.
The business prides itself on being seen by many agents as one of the leading independent small firms in the UK, consistently innovating and improving the buying and selling process and setting the highest standards in the profession.
Simon Wilkinson is a main Board Director of Propertymark, the professional body for property agents, and sits on two government working groups.