John Shepherd completes 600-unit East Midlands lettings acquisition

30th Oct 2023
Richard Crathorne

We are delighted to annouce our latest acquisition, the Nottingham and Derby lettings book of Royston & Lund.

The 600 properties inherited highlight our continued drive for growth in the Midlands after another successful year of expansion and strategic acquisitions. The deal takes Lomond's rental portfolio across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire past the 1,000 mark – with other Midlands deals in the pipeline.

The acquisition of Royston & Lund's lettings portfolio is also Lomond's first in the East Midlands heartland, as the UK's largest network of estate and letting agents brings another region onboard.

Royston & Lund, based at West Bridgford in Nottingham, will now focus exclusively on residential sales to support its growing local brand in the East Midlands area.

At John Shepherd, we already operate six High Street branches covering the West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire, and have retained the established Royston & Lund lettings team and will service its new clients from Nottingham.

We first launched a presence in the East Midlands last year after Lomond swooped to acquire a brace of multi-regional UK rental portfolios.

John Shepherd’s Chief Executive Officer, Richard Crathorne, said the agency’s rental portfolio spanning the whole of the Midlands had now grown to 4,700 units following acquisition of the lettings book of Royston & Lund.

He said: “After last summer’s multi-regional acquisitions, the East Midlands has been an area where we have witnessed significant organic growth, thanks to the high number of investor landlords it attracts.

“The acquisition of Royston & Lund’s high-quality rental collection, as well as its established lettings team, equips us with a strong platform on which to accelerate our growth, both in size and in reach, across this in-demand region.”

As Lomond closes in on 50 acquisitions since its launch less than three years ago, its CEO, Ed Phillips, said this deal signalled the start of a new phase of growth for the progressive group of national lettings and sales agencies. 

“We are thrilled to be making giant strides in further extending our footprint across the East Midlands,” he said. 

“Growing our presence here, as well as in neighbouring West Midlands, continues to be an important strategic ambition for us as we step up our acquisitive journey over the next six months.

“This will not only see our brands consolidate their market-leading position in existing core UK regions, but also Lomond investing and launching in brand new territories.”