Formerly known as Shepherd Direct, this Nottingham business provides residential property services, including surveying, lettings, sales and mortgage broking. In 2015 chief executive Paul Gratton, 57, led a deal backed by BGF, which acquired an initial 25% stake for £10m. The investment, alongside debt financing from Clydesdale Bank, helped support three strategic buyouts, including the mortgage broker Stonebridge and the auction houses CP Bigwood and Graham Penny. These acquisitions, along with organic growth, helped profits reach £3.5m in 2016.
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