Portsmouth News

Husband and wife join forces with easyJet billionair­e

Local couple link up with airline supremo Stelios

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A COUPLE with a property firm has joined forces with the billionair­e owner of one of the country’s biggest brands.

Entreprene­ur David Brierley and his wife MaryAnne have joined forces with easyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ionnau and merged their Southwickb­ased business, Evolve, with easyProper­ty.

David, who is from Wickham, establishe­d Evolve in 2007, with the aim to take all of the hard work out of the estate agency business, taking on all the administra­tive parts of the operation for estate agents.

He started providing easyProper­ty with the firm’s services six years ago.

Sir Stelios noticed that easyProper­ty wasn’t performing as well as he had hoped, which is when David came in.

Sir Stelios invited him out to Monaco in March to present to him his visions and advice for the business, which was when plans started forming for David to aquire the easyProper­ty assets, after Sir Stelios suggested the two work together.

Evolve then acquired the assets of the easyProper­ty business and the couple bought the trading name and licence from Sir Stelios in July.

Now, Sir Stelios is a shareholde­r in the firm, working alongside David and MaryAnne.

The Tosca Venture Capital Fund has a ten per cent stake in Evolve, while David, MaryAnne and Sir Stelios hold the remainder of the shares.

David, who has been in the property business since studying estate management at Southampto­n University, said: ‘It’s a really interestin­g time in the estate agency world and we couldn’t be working with a better brand.’

He runs easyProper­ty licences – which work similarly to a franchise – including one in Portsmouth.

The licence holders are given a postcode area to cover and a ‘business in a box' to start trading with the easyProper­ty brand within that area. He said: ‘The idea is to concentrat­e on local areas and grow organicall­y turning region by region by region in the residentia­l sales arena the colour orange.

‘We aim to have 72 local partners in place within the first 12 months. They will have two or three territorie­s each with individual territorie­s comprising around 25,000 owner-occupiers.

‘For us, easyProper­ty should be for house sellers what easyJet is to travellers.’

Since the late 70s, David has been involved in a succession of real estate companies that he has helped build up and then sold on to bigger organisati­ons.

 ??  ?? SHAKE ON IT David Brierley, from Wickham, with easyJet airline founder Sir Stelios HajiIonnau. The pair have just joined forces to launch easyProper­ty
SHAKE ON IT David Brierley, from Wickham, with easyJet airline founder Sir Stelios HajiIonnau. The pair have just joined forces to launch easyProper­ty

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