One of Plymouth’s most instantly recognisable and respected estate agencies is about to enter a new era – led by a managing director who knows he is lucky to be alive to witness it happen.
Mansbridge Balment Plymouth has been re-named Lawson Estate Agents, after Darren Lawson, the experienced property professional who has been in charge at the high street, independent company since 2003, first as Director, then Managing Director five years later.
He is also the man who came close to death on a ski slope in France in 2014, after suffering serious head injuries in a fall, when an annual pre-Christmas holiday with his two young sons nearly ended in tragedy.
Since then, Darren’s incredible recovery from that terrible accident has been well documented.
Emerging from a four-week coma, he had to learn to walk and talk again with the help of the dedicated medical teams at Plymouth Neurological Rehabilitation Unit at Mount Gould.
Now he is about to face another major challenge, as he looks to build on the success of the long and established heritage that the Mansbridge Balment Plymouth name has become synonymous with.
The new direction for the agency has been an ambition of Darren’s for some time now, but he is quick to stress that, while the name of the business is changing, the way it does business certainly isn’t.
“I have made it my life’s work to recruit the very best estate agency team and I am extremely proud to say that many of those amazing people are still with me today – and still utterly committed to our ethos and objectives,” said Darren.
“That’s why I am confident that this transition to Lawson will be seamless and completely professional. Change is good when it is for the better and it is going to be much better for our clients moving forward.
“A business isn’t just about a name, it’s about the people in that business. I am very lucky to be surrounded by the best people, who will make the Lawson customer experience the envy of our rivals.”
The change of name has come about because Darren wanted to better reflect the agency’s strong connection with Plymouth, where it has two High Street branch offices serving Plymouth on Mannamead Road, Mutley Plain and North Plymouth in Woolwell, next to Tesco Roborough.
Having its own individual identity will also enable Darren and the team to forge an even greater sense of family and independence. It will also be the catalyst for clients to benefit from exciting and innovative new services, with unrivalled levels of support, experience and expertise.
“We now have a real sense of our own individuality and identity. This change will reinvigorate an already distinguished and highly accomplished agency, giving us power to better shape our own destiny for the benefit of all our customers,” added Darren.