Hus­band and wife join forces with easy­Jet bil­lion­aire

Lo­cal cou­ple link up with air­line supremo Ste­lios

Portsmouth News - - BUSINESS -

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

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.