Centuries of property expertise – now part of the SDL Group
SDL Bigwood is a multi-disciplined property consultancy and one of the country’s biggest and best-performing property auction houses.
With Bigwood’s origins dating back to 1854, we are proud of our traditional values, while being dedicated to developing modern solutions – and as part of the SDL Group, we are well positioned to develop bespoke solutions for our clients, right across the property industry.
Under the SDL Bigwood name, we cover Auctions, Private Rental Developments, Property and Estate Management, Commercial and Professional Services, as well as referring work to and from our SDL Group colleagues.
Our dedicated and committed staff are at the forefront of delivering a first class service to our ever-growing client base locally, regionally and nationally.
Our six office network includes Birmingham, Summer Row (Head Office); Birmingham, Colmore Row; London; Stratford upon Avon; Loughborough and Southampton.
The partners and staff remain committed to supporting and further developing our client base, which includes local and national government departments and agencies, corporate clients, financial institutions, charitable organisations and private individuals.
The SDL Group
The SDL Group is one of the UK’s fastest-growing property services groups, providing decades of expertise in residential property services. As part of this group, we are now able to offer our clients unrivalled access to national coverage in risk management, surveying, lettings, estate agency, mortgages and insurance broking.
The Group began in 1989 as Direct Valuations, a national property valuation solution linked to First Direct, and became Shepherd Direct following the addition of Shepherd Surveyors (England and Wales) to the Group.
From 2011, the Group built on the surveying business to form Direct Lettings (now SDL Lettings), providing back-office lettings support to landlords. This now also supports the group’s work in the Private Rental Sector, managing new-build rental housing developments from initial investment to tenant management.
In 2013, the Group acquired the license to franchise CENTURY 21 UK, part of one of the world’s largest estate agency organisations. There are now around 60 CENTURY 21 UK branches across the UK.
The Group also owns part of MoneyQuest, an across the market mortgage broker based in Glasgow with nationwide coverage, and Pure Protect, an insurance broker, who specialise in advising consumers on behalf of mortgage brokers. In addition, the group owns a minority stake in Stonebridge Mortgage Solutions, one of the UK’s largest mortgage brokers.
2016 saw the Group’s name being shortened to the SDL Group, reflecting our forward-thinking and entrepreneurial approach. This has already borne fruit, with continuing growth in the business, as the acquisition of Graham Penny, the biggest property auction house in the East Midlands, followed hot on the heels of Bigwood’s own acquisition.
This move enabled the Group’s combined presence in Auctions to take Bigwood and Graham Penny in to the top 4 nationwide.
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