Feel Good Friday – X-Press Legal Services

There has been lots of positive things happening across the sector this week, so we wanted to share these good vibes with you as part of our ‘Feel Good Friday’ news items. 

Here is a little snap shot of what’s been going on.

Young businessman up for major franchising award

In the five years of being a franchisee, Tom Mannion, franchise owner of one of X-Press Legal Services’ most successful offices, has built a hugely successful business.

Now, at just 28, Tom has been shortlisted in the Next Generation category at the bfa HSBC British Franchise Awards, taking place at the Vox, Birmingham, on November 30, open to any franchisee aged 35 and under.

Tom owns the X-Press Legal Services Central, South West, and North West London areas. The company provides property searches and reports for the conveyancing sector.

Tom Mannion, franchisee, commented:

“I was so surprised to have been put forward for the awards and to become a finalist is just so rewarding. These are the Oscars of the franchise industry which highlight the exceptional contribution franchise makes to the economy.”

Pip Wilkins QFP, CEO of the bfa, said:

“At the age of 28, Tom operates one of the most successful franchises in the network, taking over the franchise at just 23. He spotted an opportunity in the market for performing agricultural and landed estates searches which tend to be larger and more complicated, and this initiative is part of the reason his business is thriving.”

Andrew Brattesani, Head of Franchising at HSBC, added:

“Sharing his best practice with the wider network, and winning accolades with X-Press Legal Services and getting shortlisted for external ones, Tom has excelled as a local business owner and as a multi-unit franchisee.”

Tom will go head-to-head against four other franchisees in November.

Landwood Groups boosts its ranks after landing Health Care Provider

Landwood Group’s Commercial Asset Management division is expanding its headcount as it celebrates adding a leading health care provider to its books.

The Manchester-based business have been instructed to manage Mental Health Care UK’s portfolio of over 30 sites across North Wales and the North West of England.

MHC is one of the UK’s top 50 providers of support to individuals with learning disabilities, mental health issues, autism, and behaviours that challenge.

Landwood will provide full asset and property management services, working closely with the on-site estates team to support MHC in “providing positive outcomes for people” across its residential and health care facilities.

Anna Main, Director and Head of Commercial Asset Management at Landwood, said:

“We are delighted and proud to have been selected by MHC to provide Asset Management support for their care business.

“This draws upon our knowledge of the care sector, our asset management expertise and hands-on approach to property management and we are looking forward to working with the leadership team at MHC.”

It comes as Landwood continues to grow its Commercial Asset Management team with two new recruits following a bumper 2020, which has seen them win a raft of high profile new instructions.

Clients include Cervidae who have enlisted them to manage its One Didsbury Point office development in Manchester, Si One multi-let offices in St Ives on behalf of Cambridge Corporate properties, Eastbank Street in Southport, and two further mixed use schemes in Liverpool and Warrington.

And to ensure they can continue to deliver the outstanding levels of service that have seen the business grow so quickly, Landwood are on the lookout for experienced Client Accountants to join them.

Anna Main added:

“We’re immensely proud of our recent successes at Landwood. It shows that our determination to go above and beyond for each and every one of our clients is paying off.

“That’s why we’re on the lookout for the very best Client Accountants who will go that extra mile to deliver results.”

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