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Family Business - 3 Generations Since 1943

About Us

Bettesworths is a family owned and operated company, successful in selling and valuing hotels, pubs and commercial property since 1943. Historically located in Torbay, the practice is active throughout the South West of England. The Company has strength in depth with a wide base of knowledge and experience from 5 Chartered Surveyors together with a dedicated team.

Bettesworths offer a personal service and believe that the best advice is provided by professionals who have no commitments to anyone other than their clients. The firm is totally independent and is run by 3rd generation family.

It was 70 years ago in 1943, when Maureen and Bernard Bettesworth established the firm of Bettesworths in Torquay. They had happy memories of their honeymoon in the seaside town in 1939. Maureen Bettesworth soon established herself as a leading light in the male dominated world of commercial property by becoming the first lady auctioneer and hotel agent in the UK. She was subsequently the first lady Chair of the Devon and Cornwall Branch of The Valuers' Institution ; this was amalgamated later with the Incorporated Society of Valuers and Auctioneers, which in 1999 was taken over by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

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Our Team

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Matt Bettesworth BSc (Hons) MRICS FAVLP
Managing Director

A Chartered Surveyor with a wealth of experience in the Licensed & Leisure Property Market, having been involved for many years in sales and acquisition nationally for private and corporate clients in London before his involvement with Bettesworths. Matt joined Bettesworths in 2001 and is the Managing Director as well as heading up the Licensed & Leisure sales team. He was the first director of the third generation. Vets rugby player, passionate cyclist and busy father of 3.

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Paul Bettesworth BSc (Hons) MRICS

Paul Bettesworth leads the Commercial and Business Space Department of the firm. His career started with one of the Top 5 National Consultancy in London where he was involved in retail agency, valuation and Landlord & Tenant work for major national clients, until he moved to Torquay in 2006. Paul has an Honours degree in Estate Management from The University of Reading, where he was Captain of Rugby and also (somehow) Captained the University Challenge Team to the TV series Quarter Finals. Now plays rugby for Torquay Athletic and is a Director of the club, with responsibility for commerce and sponsorship. Paul is married to Gayle. They have a son, Barney, and a Beagle.

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Stephen Lofthouse MRICS

Stephen has great in-depth knowledge of the commercial, residential and investment markets, gained over the past 30 years. He leads the department dealing with the sale and acquisition of Hotels in the South West and has specialisms in Development and Investment properties. In addition, Stephen is an RICS Registered Valuer and acts as an Expert Witness in valuation matters. Stephen is an experienced Auctioneer having conducted many property auctions. When not working, Stephen is a runner who completed the London Marathon in 2013 raising over £6,000 for Charity. Orginally from Lancashire, Stephen moved to Torquay in 1982 and is married to Sarah with three sons.

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Barney Bettesworth FRICS FAVLP ACIArb

Celebrated 40 years as a Chartered Surveyor and Director. Vastly experienced in the valuation, sale and acquisition of pubs and hotels, with extensive contacts in the freetrade and corporate markets. Keen rugby supporter and indifferent but enthusiastic golfer. Involved in charity work with HCPT, The Pilgrimage Trust.

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Paddy Bettesworth MA (Cantab) FRICS

A highly experienced Chartered Surveyor who specialises in the hotel market and development projects throughout the South West. Paddy has been a Director for over 30 years. Ex sub 2 hours 30 min marathon runner, but still a competitive international sailor.

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James Lofthouse
Residential & Leisure Departments

James is an experienced member of the Residential and Leisure Departments with a proven track record in both sectors. James has helped build the Residential Department following Bettesworths expansion in early 2015 and has a wealth of knowledge in this property sector. James, a former competitive swimmer who competed in county and national competitions, enjoys keeping fit and socialising.

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Genevieve Stringer
Leisure Department

With considerable experience in the Catering sectors, Genevieve is a key member of the pubs and leisure department where she deals with all café and restaurant sales. She manages to do this while combining the challenges of motherhood. A keen skier and occasional sailor.

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Tom Churchward
Commercial Department

The newest member of the Team, Tom joined in July 2015. After completing a Degree in Rural Business Management in Cornwall he returned to urban living and joined Bettesworths Commercial Department. Amateur Sailor, musician and thespian Tom has no abilities as a runner, breaking the Bettesworths athletic mould!

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Natalie Evans
Residential Negotiator

Natalie joined Bettesworths in early 2017 and brings with her a wealth of experience in residential estate agency. Natalie has been in agency for over 5 years previously working for a small independent practice in Torquay before moving to a national corporate agency in 2014. Natalie was head hunted by Bettesworths to increase awareness and the business of their rapidly growing residential department. Natalie works closely alongside Stephen and James Lofthouse, and offers exceptional customer service to vendors and purchasers alike. In her spare time Natalie enjoys travelling, and attending music concerts.

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Saffron Lawton
Professional Department Adminsitrator

Saff joined Bettesworths in 2011 and is administrator in the Commercial and Professional Departments. Saff has been in the estate agency business for many years and is even married to one. She is a busy mother of 2 young children which takes up much of her spare time!

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Lucy Ling
Commercial & Leisure Department Administrator

Lucy joined the team in April 2014 as an apprentice and has now completed an NVQ in Business and Adminstration in conjunction with South Devon College. Lucy was rewarded for her hard work with a permanent job at Bettesworths in April 2015 and is a valued member of the team. In her spare time, Lucy enjoys shopping, socialising and is a keen kayaker.

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Kate English
Leisure Department Administrator

Kate is a valued administrator in the Pubs and Catering department. Kate started at Bettesworths in April 2015 after selling her pub… yes Bettesworths sold if for her. Kate's experience in the pub trade comes to very good use when talking to clients and buyers alike. In her spare time Kate likes to travel, and spend time with her four children and two grandchildren.

Bettesworths Ltd | Registered Co. No. 3614819 | Registered Address 29 - 30 Fleet Street, Torquay, TQ1 1BB
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