Bettesworths is a family owned and operated company, successful in property since 1943.

Bettesworths is an independent family business, owned and run by the third generation Chartered Surveyor Directors, Matt & Paul.

We have an experienced team, highly skilled and expert in delivering a broad range of services to clients looking for the very best results.

Our breadth of experience across all property sectors, the depth of our day to day involvement and our technical knowledge gives Bettesworths an unrivalled platform from which to provide advice to meet our clients’ needs.

Our clients range from private individual property owners and occupiers to PLC institutions. We ensure each and every one is best supported with a service with which to meet the challenges and changes in the market and their own circumstances.

We offer free initial consultations without obligation, so please contact a member of our team to discuss your requirements.


Our Team

Matt Bettesworth

BSc (Hons) MRICS FAVLP
Managing Director

Paul Bettesworth

BSc (Hons) MRICS
Director

Stephen Lofthouse

MRICS
Director

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 was the first director of the third generation and heads up the Licensed & Leisure department. He is a retired rugby player, passionate cyclist, surfer, paddleboarder and busy father of 3. Matt’s wife, Becky, is a prominent local artist.

matt@bettesworths.co.uk
Matt Bettesworth

Paul Bettesworth

BSc (Hons) MRICS
Director

Paul Bettesworth leads the Commercial and Business Space Department of the firm. His career started with one of the Top 5 National Consultancies in London where he was involved in Agency, Valuation and Landlord & Tenant work for major national clients. He moved to Torquay in 2006. Paul has a 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 Final. Paul has retired from rugby and now enjoys running, skiing and has been known to climb a mountain or two. Paul is married to Gayle. They have a son, Barney, and a beagle.

paul@bettesworths.co.uk
Paul Bettesworth

Stephen Lofthouse

MRICS
Director

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 cyclist and runner – having run numerous marathons and completed the Lands End to John O’Groats Cycle for charity. Originally from Lancashire, Stephen moved to Torquay in 1982 and is married to Sarah with three sons.

stephen@bettesworths.co.uk
Stephen Lofthouse

James Lofthouse

Residential & Leisure Departments

Genevieve Stringer

Leisure Department

Tom Churchward

Commercial Department

James Lofthouse

Residential & Leisure Departments

James is an experienced member of the agency team with a proven track record in many sectors. James has helped build the Residential Department and has a wealth of knowledge in this property sector. James is a former competitive swimmer who competed in county and national competitions. He enjoys keeping fit and socialising. James is also a particularly active charity volunteer.

james@bettesworths.co.uk
James Lofthouse

Genevieve Stringer

Leisure Department

Genevieve has many years of experience in the catering sector and is responsible for the sale of restaurant, café and take away businesses across the region. With an in depth understanding, an attention to detail and an affinity with clients and purchasers, Gen’s reputation in the sector is notable. She manages to do this while combining the challenges of motherhood and being a competitive sailor.

genevieve@bettesworths.co.uk
Genevieve Stringer

Tom Churchward

Commercial Department

Tom joined in Bettesworths in 2015 after completing a Degree in Rural Business Management. Tom works particularly closely with Paul Bettesworth, covering a range of commercial sectors. He has built a reputation for solid, sensible advice and efficiency of service. He is a very talented musician and thespian and is working on his Russian language skills. Tom boasts that he has no abilities as a sportsman, proudly breaking the Bettesworths athletic mould!

tom@bettesworths.co.uk
Tom Churchward

Lucy Ling

Commercial & Leisure Department Administrator

Saffron Lawton

Professional Department Administrator

Kate English

Leisure Department Administrator

Lucy Ling

Commercial & Leisure Department Administrator

Lucy joined the team in 2014 as an apprentice and holds qualifications in Business and Administration from South Devon College. From her start as an apprentice, Lucy now leads the Administration Team. In her spare time, Lucy enjoys shopping, socialising and is a keen kayaker.

lucy@bettesworths.co.uk
Lucy Ling

Saffron Lawton

Professional Department Administrator

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!

saffron@bettesworths.co.uk
Saffron Lawton

Kate English

Leisure Department Administrator

Kate is a valued administrator in the Pubs and Catering department. Kate started at Bettesworths in 2015 after selling her pub… yes Bettesworths sold it 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.

kate@bettesworths.co.uk
Kate English

Emily Northcott

Accounts Administrator

Emily Northcott

Accounts Administrator

Emily is the glue that keeps the financial side of the business together! She works closely with the Directors in administering all matters of accounting, invoicing and book-keeping, as well as keeping abreast of all statutory and compliance issues for the business. Emily has two children and is married to Jamie. When not crunching numbers or ferrying kids around, Emily enjoys walking her dog and socialising.

accounts@bettesworths.co.uk
Emily Northcott

History

The story of how it all began

History

Over the span of eight decades, Bettesworths has grown to become one of the highest regarded property practices in the South West. Click here to read more about our History….

Historically located in Torbay, the practice is active throughout the South West of England. The Company has strength in depth with a wide cross sector base of knowledge and experience from a dedicated and experienced team.

 

The First Generation

It was over 70 years ago in 1943 that Maureen and Bernard Bettesworth established the firm of Bettesworths in Torquay.

Maureen originally set out in a secretarial role, but the skills she had inherited from her father, a cattle auctioneer in Ireland, shone through and before long she was negotiating sales on behalf of clients and undertaking auctions.

Maureen 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. Bernard was responsible for the administration of the firm and the sale of businesses.

Maureen was subsequently the first female Chair of the Devon and Cornwall Branch of The Valuers' Institution - this later amalgamated with the Incorporated Society of Valuers and Auctioneers, which in 1999 was taken over by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

A formidable personality in business in Devon for many years, a woman who earned enormous respect in what, Maureen is still to this day regularly remembered by professionals, clients and the public.

 

The Second Generation

It was in 1967 that Bettesworths began to evolve into the family dynasty it is today. Eldest son Barney joined the firm as a partner, having qualified as a Chartered Surveyor.

In the late 1970's, his younger brother, Mick, also a Chartered Surveyor, returned to strengthen the firm and take charge of the residential team.

A year later, Paddy, the youngest son, who had qualified as a Chartered Surveyor after obtaining a Masters Degree in Land Economy at Cambridge, also joined the business and assisted in establishing a new office in Bovey Tracey. At this time there were five Bettesworth partners in the firm.

The 1980's was a busy period for the business. Barney started the Pub Division which now operates throughout the South West of England.

In 1985, Bettesworths acquired an Overseas Estate Agency practice and for the next four years, headed by Paddy, the firm was very active in marketing land, villas and apartments in on the Costa Blanca in Spain. This division was eventually sold in 1989.

The residential side of the business benefited from the boom time of the late 1980's, and in 1988 was sold to the Bristol & West Building Society.

Barney and Paddy continued to operate Bettesworths Commercial and successfully steered the business through the difficult recessionary years of the early 1990's, extending the regional influence of the firm beyond Torbay, throughout the South-West peninsular.

 

The Third Generation

In 2001, Matt, Barney's elder son joined Bettesworths, after working in London for a number of years with Gerald Eve & Fleurets.

Bettesworths also appointed their first non-family Director, when Stephen Lofthouse joined the board in the early 2000's. Stephen, also a Chartered Surveyor with wide property experience and a record of success, has been a great asset to the company.

In 2007, Paul became the second member of the third generation, and the seventh Bettesworth to join the practice. He had obtained a degree in Land Management from Reading University and had worked with Lambert Smith Hampton in London.

The business again had to evolve to combat tough recessionary conditions following the 2008 Financial Crises and difficulties in the Licensed & Leisure sectors.

Having enjoyed success with a very specialist Licensed & Leisure focus, Matt, Paul & Stephen widened the services offered by Bettesworths.

The last decade has seen planned growth to become a more diverse commercial practice – now with a broad profile that leads its field in Industrial, Retail, Business Space and Investment Markets in the area.

The Third Generation have achieved this diversification without diluting the expertise.

During this time, Bettesworths also actively reentered the residential market with a practice focused on delivering to a South Devon focused residential market the same great service and results for which the brand is so well known.

 

The Next Generation…..

Introducing younger blood, being innovative and developing teamwork has been the cornerstone of the company's progression. This philosophy has helped the company in both good and difficult times and will hopefully continue to apply in the future.

Never pressured into considering a career in the property industry, family members have always had to prove their worth. There are already 11 little Bettesworths in the next generation, so who knows….


Testimonials

“After nearly 15 years of ownership, moving your pride and joy business on can be daunting. The Bettesworths Team managed the process amazingly well, offering great advice and support with a quick and efficient style. Always maintaining a healthy respect for the delicacy needed with our team throughout the sale process.
I can highly recommend Bettesworths if you are looking to exit or enter into a business opportunity.”

Chris Yandell (Proprietor) - Oyster Shack

“I always enjoy working with Bettesworths and really value the connection between our two firms. For a number of years we have worked together on the licensed and leisure side, mainly with Matt but also the investment side with Paul, acting for vendors and purchasers. They are great to have on a deal and being able to discuss issues that arise makes the transaction for the client go so much more smoothly.”

Toby Pool, Partner, Stephens Scown LLP

“Lameys have enjoyed a great relationship with Bettesworths for a number of years and can always rely on them for realistic commercial advice, supported by detailed research. Bettesworths are a thoroughly professional firm, who feel confident in instructing for any property related matters.”

Adam Buck, Partner, Lameys Accountant & Insolvancy Practitioners

“We asked Paul to provide a guidance in sensitive negotiation with our landlord. Paul was able to provide a clear strategic plan, which we were able to implement. Despite many arguments used by the landlord, armed with the information we were able to successfully defend our position. Discussions extended to the existing management company where again Paul provided guidance. We were able to remove them and set up our own Management Company with our co tenant. An excellent outcome all round and great people to do business with.”

Graham Brown, Managing Director, Pavey Group

“Our use of and relationship with Bettesworths has covered several decades......and with good reason. First class understanding of our requirements, competitive pricing, easy to deal with, great people and excellent customer service. With all of this available from a truly local company, why would we want to look anywhere else?”

Graham Crocker Managing Director Heavitree Brewery PLC


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