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Alastair Benton formed Bentons in the 1970s after acquiring East Midlands Farmers Land Agency where he previously worked. Initially Alastair focused on Agriculture with a strong client database, buying and selling farms in the Vale of Belvoir as well as auctioning at Melton Mowbray Cattle Market. It became clear to Alastair that this sector could be significantly enhanced through developing a Regional marketing capability and the Residential Sales operation.
As the business expanded, it weathered the storm of the 1990s recession and with the advent of the internet provided a platform on which to employ an expert to grasp new technological opportunities and develop the current strategy of one prominent cutting edge office becoming a force in agency across the Midlands coupled with a National marketing capability through 1,200 networked offices.
James Warne joined the Company in 1996 from the corporate sector to develop this initiative. James’s background prior to joining was pure Residential Estate Agency. James was able to develop the Residential Sales side of the business bringing us up to date with a well-balanced and structured business, sourcing the best team members to provide unrivalled property service both with Residential Sales, Residential Lettings and Management and Commercial. He has overseen huge expansion and development of the Bentons brand, which has resulted in Bentons receiving multiple Industry Awards.