Struggling estate agent group Countrywide starts closing branches

The UK’s largest estate agent group has begun a closure program as it struggles with heavy debts and losses.

Countrywide has hundreds of branches across the country using various brand names. It has a heavy presence in south east London and Kent using the Mann brand. It uses the Hamptons brand in Greenwich.

They’ve recently shut their Sidcup Mann branch. The Woolwich branch is currently still open.

As it was

The company’s share price fell by 97% to around 7p last year. Over Christmas they launched a share consolidation to obscure the current low value. This sees a number of new shares issued for each old share pushing share prices up from 7p to 360p without the company having gained any extra value.

They have also begun selling assets to battle high dept levels.

Foxtons is another agency that has swung towards losses in 2019. It too has begun closing branches.



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John Smith

I've lived in south east London most of my life growing up in Greenwich borough and working in the area for many years. The site has contributors on occasion and we cover many different topics. Living and working in the area offers an insight into what is happening locally.

2 thoughts on “Struggling estate agent group Countrywide starts closing branches

  • January 9, 2020 at 6:12 pm

    Good riddance to the vampires! Perhaps, they could start making ‘payday loans’? That way they can continue to prey upon the public, but in a new way!

  • January 10, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    Always a good side to a recession Estate Agent closures.


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