Home » News » Agencies & People » Is Countrywide now one of the biggest hybrid agents? previous nextAgencies & PeopleIs Countrywide now one of the biggest hybrid agents?While the City salivates over Purplebricks, Countrywide has been quietly rolling out a huge network of agents who offer a very similar service.Nigel Lewis9th March 201705,009 Views While there’s enormous interest in ‘online-only’ and hybrid agents such as Hatched and Purplebricks, a lesser-known online operation has been rolling out across swathes of the UK.Countrywide revealed this morning how its digital ‘hybrid’ roll-out has been progressing over the past year, and it’s significant. So far this has included a four-phase launch that now covers 25% of its business, and 200 branches.Four phasesAfter trialling it with three brands in June last year – Austin & Wyatt in the SW, Frank Innes in the East Midlands and Spencers in Leicestershire – it then introduced the offering to a further three agencies in November. These were Carsons in Hampshire, Miller Countrywide in Cornwall and Devon and Fulfords in Somerset.In January this year it also added its hybrid offering to Entwistle Green in Liverpool and Lancashire and says that it has shown “the most positive results to date”. A launch then followed last month at Bridgfords, the largest agent to do so thus far.BenefitsBenefits of Countrywide’s hybrid model, which charges a £695 to £995 fee (see ad above) for a Purplebricks-style service during which vendors have to conduct both their own viewings and sale price negotiations, have included increased traffic to agent’s websites. Also, it generates more leads compared to agents with the traditional, full-service offering.Results from its original trial brands from earlier in 2016 reveal that having a ‘hybrid’ option drove 11% more valuations, 18% more instructions and 9% more sales, all without impacting fee levels, the company says.The platform that drives the offering across the different brands has so far seen 2,700 online accounts set up and 1,000 valuations booked online.“The launch of our digital sales pilot in summer 2016 has surpassed our ambitions and we have now accelerated the roll-out to more than 25% of our network,” says Chief Executive Alison Platt (pictured, left).Purplebricks Alison Platt Countrywide digital hybrid March 9, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021
“Ten years ago, the European Parliament had already asked for protection against the insolvency of airlines, and nothing has changed since then. After the failure of 10 European airlines in less than three years, it is time to act at EU level. ” – said Said Pawel Niewiadomski, President of ECTAA. The European Parliament has adopted a Resolution on the negative effects of the bankruptcy of the world’s oldest tourism company Thomas Cook in European tourism. The European Association of Travel Agencies and Tour Operators ECTAA supports the Resolution and particularly welcomes Parliament’s urgent call for protection against airline insolvency. Thomas Cook, Europe’s second-largest tourism operator, went bankrupt on September 23, damaging industry, destinations, tourism service providers and workers. It was also very stressful for the users of the British company Thomas Cook. However, the latter were fully taken care of by the tour operator’s guarantee system established in accordance with European legislation, often referred to as the “Travel Package Directive”. As a result, tourists were able to continue their vacation and return to their homeland. This was possible because tour operators must provide sufficient evidence of security for the return or return of passengers in the event of insolvency. ECTAA welcomes the European Parliament’s Resolution recognizing the importance of tourism in the EU economy, both in terms of wealth (10% of EU GDP) and its social impact (12% of the total workforce), and calls for better recognition of this key EU sectoral levels. The bankruptcy of Thomas Cook Airlines and a number of previous airline failures, show that consumers are not treated equally when a company goes bankrupt. Passengers who buy a package trip are better protected from the bankruptcy of the tour operator who must provide guarantees against his insolvency to ensure the return of the passengers. However, there is no similar protection for passengers who, in the event of the airline’s illiquidity, purchase one airline flight ticket. In this case, passengers cannot get a refund and must purchase a new ticket to return home. Consumers are treated differently, despite the fact that they pay a lot to the airline or tour operator. Source / photo: ECTAA, Pixabay
Boys’ 14 No 1 seed, Daniel Adeleye from Ekiti stayed on course to defend his title when he bested Lucky Hileja from Rivers 9-1 but will have to overcome his nemesis, Sadiq Kushimo from Ogun State, in the semifinals. Kushimo eliminated Sunday Ameh from Lagos 9-4 to progress. Joshua Maxwell, the fourth seed from Rivers and Michael Akinmusere from Oyo, the second seed, are also on course.Iye Onoja from Abuja leads the title chase in the Girls’ 14 and was very decisive in her match against Peace Obaduru from Lagos who she beat 9-1 to qualify for the semifinals. The other seeded players who played through to the semifinals in the category are Serena Teluwo from Lagos, Mary Udofa from Kogi and Blessing Otu from Lagos.All the quarterfinal matches are scheduled to start at 10 am today at the National Stadium Tennis Centre in Lagos.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram All the top four seeds in the eight events of the ongoing SNEPCo Junior Tennis Championship avoided upsets to get to the quarterfinals.In the Girls’ 16, Favour Moses from Kaduna and Omolade Aderemi from Ondo who played in the finals of the CBN Junior Tennis Championship two months ago, kept their hopes of a rematch alive.Moses beat Rachel Emmanuel from Lagos 6-2 while Aderemi overpowered Omoyemi Oguntoye 9-1. The No. 1 seed, Toyin Asogba eliminated Deborah Abiodun 9-4 while the fourth seed, Omolayo Bamidele, whitewashed Fatima Ganiyu from Oyo 9-0.