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Romans is the leading property services company in the Thames Valley, with a network of 28 branches across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey and Middlesex. It is primarily engaged in residential property sales and lettings, and also has a significant and rapidly growing professional services division which offers surveying, planning advice, independent mortgage advice, and land and property auctions.

  • Investment: August 2013
  • Sector: Business services
  • Business: Property services
  • Growth Strategy: Roll-out and buy-and-build

Why we invested

Romans’ professional and thorough approach to all aspects of its business has earned it an outstanding reputation in the property industry, resulting in many prestigious awards for excellence and service. This was an opportunity to back a regional market leader in executing a compelling growth strategy, both organically and by acquisition, building on our broader experience in the property services sector.

The story so far

Since our investment, Romans has increased its number of branches by over 50%, and has acquired a number of lettings portfolios which have been successfully integrated into its existing estate.  The company’s overall objective is to double the size of its branch network within five years and to become the leading player across the south east of England. In March 2016, the company was merged with Leaders Lettings to create a market-leading property services group, with more than 140 branches across the UK, and combined revenues of over £100 million.

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We made the right choice in selecting Bowmark as our financial partner. They always do what they say, and are enabling us to deliver on our growth plans.

Peter Coles, Group Managing Director 
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