Movers & Shakers: Simon Andrews to head new Ipswich branch for estate agent haart

The sales and lettings teams at the new branch of haart in Ipswich

The sales and lettings teams at the new branch of haart in Ipswich - Credit: Archant

SIMON Andrews, former branch manager in Ipswich for estate agent Spicer McColl, is to head the first branch in the town to operate under the name of sister brand haart.

The firm has spent £150,000 on transforming the iconic Electric House building on Lloyds Avenue to create what is now its largest branch in East Anglia.

Mr Andrews will oversee a seven-strong sales team, and is joined by Lara Stevens, who has relocated from Bury St Edmunds to run the four-strong lettings team.

Between them they have more than 50 years’ experience of estate agency in East Anglia. The branch will eventually house some 15 people including a dedicated mortgage adviser from Just Mortgages.

Paul Smith, chief executive of haart, whic has more than 125 branches nationwide, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have opened our first haart branch in Ipswich. The town offers huge potential for a customer centric brand such as haart and we thought it only fitting that one of the UK’s most iconic estate agents should base itself within one Ipswich’s most iconic buildings.”

The new haart of Ipswich branch replaces the Spicer McColl branch which has been based in the town for more than a decade.

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