Results Round-Up Tuesday 28th September 2021, 4.30pm – 8.30pm

Company Presentation – The Property Franchise Group (LON:TPFG)

The Property Franchise Group PLC (AIM: TPFG) is the largest property franchisor in the UK and manages the second largest estate agency network and portfolio of lettings properties in the UK. The Company was founded in 1986 and has since grown to a diverse portfolio of nine brands operating throughout the UK, comprising longstanding high-street focused brands and a hybrid, no sale no fee agency. The Property Franchise Group’s brands are Martin & Co, EweMove, Hunters, CJ Hole, Ellis & Co, Parkers, Whitegates, Mullucks & Country Properties. Headquartered in Bournemouth, UK, the Company was listed on AIM on the London Stock Exchange in 2013.

Gareth Samples, CEO

With 30 years’ industry experience, Gareth brings a wealth of Estate Agency, Financial Services and digital marketing knowledge to the Group.

In his 21 year career at LSL Gareth was appointed Managing Director of the Your Move brand, which was the largest single brand estate agency in the UK at the time. In this role he was responsible for Your Move’s franchise operation as well as having overall control of Financial Services and Lettings and the strategy of the brand.

Following his successful career at LSL, Gareth became Managing Director of where he gained significant digital marketing experience and knowledge and since 2014 he has served as Chairman of Legalforlandlords. Gareth formally joined the Group as CEO on 30 April 2020.

David Raggett, CFO

Since qualifying with PwC as a Charted Accountant David has spent his whole working life in franchising as franchisor and franchisee. Initially David held financial responsibility for several Ford franchises before, in the mid 90s, moving to Porsche’s UK headquarters. Here he held financial responsibility for its distribution, retails and financial services businesses at various times, as well as being their company secretary and, for several years, Head of Legal.

In 2007 David took up the role Finance Director for the Motability Scooter and Powered Wheelchair Scheme to restore its financial stability, to improve its offering and to expand its customer base. After successfully turning the scheme around and leading it into new ownership, David joined the Group in February 2013.

Company Presentation – Fintel plc (LON: FNTL)

Formerly known as The SimplyBiz Group, Fintel is the UK’s leading fintech and support services business, combining the largest provider of intermediary business support, SimplyBiz, and the leading research, ratings and fintech business, Defaqto. Fintel is the leading provider of digital, data led and expert services to product providers, intermediaries and consumers to help them navigate the increasingly complex world of retail financial services. Fintel provides technology, compliance and regulatory support to thousands of intermediary businesses, data and targeted distribution services to hundreds of product providers, and empowers millions of consumers to make better informed financial decisions.

Neil Stevens, Joint CEO

Neil has executive responsibility for the operations and governance of Fintel, with a strong background in business delivery and creating innovative propositions. Neil works closely with the UK life, pensions and investment industries to deliver solutions for advisers and has been active in many industry forums.

Neil joined SimplyBiz in 2003 as a consultant before being appointed to the Board in 2004. He was appointed Joint CEO of Fintel (formerly The SimplyBiz Group) in 2010 and is the Executive Chairman of Defaqto.

He has worked as a management consultant in the UK and Europe and has an engineering degree from UCE and an MBA from Manchester Metropolitan University.

Matt Timmins, Joint CEO

Matt has executive responsibility for the sales and marketing activities, as well as key strategic relationships with both insurance and investment companies. Alongside Neil Stevens, he is leading the Vision and Strategy for Fintel.

Matt joined SimplyBiz at its inception in 2002 as Marketing Director and was appointed Joint CEO of Fintel (formerly The SimplyBiz Group) in 2010.

Matt runs several of the key subsidiaries within the business including SimplyBiz Services, SimplyBiz Mortgages, Gateway Surveyors and SimplyBiz Support. Previous employment includes GE Capital, Misys and DBS Financial Management.

David Thompson, CFO

David is responsible for financial strategy of Fintel, overseeing all aspects of financial planning and reporting and management of financial risks.

David joined Fintel in April 2021 as CFO, bringing with him a broad range of commercial and management experience. David is a qualified chartered accountant and has held senior public practice and industry roles, gaining exposure to a variety of commercial and technical issues.

Most recently, he has been the CFO at AIM-listed Smart Metering Systems (SMS), after being promoted from group and divisional finance director in 2017. He has also held a number of senior finance positions  at Energetics Utility Group, Johnston Carmichael and PwC.

Company Presentation – Belvoir Group plc


Belvoir Group PLC – UK-wide property franchise group

Founded in 1995 and listed on AIM since 2012, Belvoir Group (BLV.L) operates a multi-brand property franchise network of 439 offices delivering residential lettings and sales, and property-related financial services across the UK.  Managing over 71,500 properties, Belvoir reported profit before tax up 20% to £6.7m in 2020 and marked its 24th year of uninterrupted profit growth.

Louise is a Chartered Accountant having qualified with Ernst & Young in 1991. She has over 18 years’ board-level experience with AIM-listed companies overseeing a wide range of corporate transactions. Over the past six years Louise has undertaken the seven significant acquisitions for the Group. Louise, who is also a Chartered Secretary, serves as Company Secretary to the Group.

Dorian has extensive experience in the property industry having spent seven years with Countrywide before joining Belvoir in 2005 as Business Development Manager. Appointed Sales Director a year later and subsequently Chief Executive Officer, Dorian also spent five years as a director of The Property Ombudsman. Dorian has a deep understanding of franchising and the strategic vision to deliver a successful franchise operation.

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