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Belvoir kicks off £100,000 recruitment drive

Belvoir Lettings has kicked off a £100,000 recruitment drive following Mike Goddard’s decision to step down as network chief executive officer.

As The Negotiator Online reported last week, the founder of the lettings franchise has resumed the role of chairman, making way for his operations director, Dorian Gonsalves (pictured), to step into his shoes.

Gonsalves will take responsibility for the network on a day-to-day basis in the newly-created role of managing director – a chief executive officer role will no longer exist.

He plans to recruit at least one new business development manager and says he is likely to hire an additional support staff member as part of his recruitment drive.

He will also bolster the network’s marketing team ahead of an overhaul of its To Let boards within the next few months, which he insists will involve a brand refresh rather than a redesign.

He says: “We are facing challenging times over the next couple of years, so we are looking to promote franchisee engagement within the group.”

Gonsalves plans to recruit network members’ help to generate new ideas with which to develop the business while further developing its buy-to-let and wealth management services, which it undertakes via a joint venture with St James’s Place.

He pledges to grow the network to 200 offices while further developing the brand.

Goddard, who founded Belvoir with his wife Stephanie in 1995, says: “The shareholders, who include Stephanie and my son Andrew, have no current intention of selling the company, but are investing to take it to the next level.”

He says that the decision not to appoint his son Andrew as his successor is in the long-term interests of the business, particularly with regard to prospective investor support should the board pursue a public market listing.

Andrew is expected to work a three-day week until the end of the year, when he will work on a further reduced basis.

Goddard will continue as chairman of the British Franchise Association until the end of the year, when he will retain just a directorship on the body’s board in addition to his new position on the board of the property ombudsman.




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