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.
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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 surfer, paddleboarder, skier and busy father of 3. Matt’s wife, Becky, is a prominent local firstname.lastname@example.org
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Paul Bettesworth is a much-respected Chartered Surveyor and leads the Commercial and Investment Departments of the firm. Paul has been named The Estates Gazette Dealmaker for Devon for the last 6 consecutive years. 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 retired relatively intact from rugby and now enjoys coaching his son’s team, distance running, skiing and has been known to climb a mountain or email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
George joined Bettesworths in May 2018. He returned to Torquay after travelling in Asia and Australasia, following his studies. George was born and raised in Torquay and was educated at Torquay Boys Grammar School. In his spare time George plays rugby for Torquay Athletic and enjoys going to the email@example.com
Edward is an experienced Chartered Surveyor who has held senior positions for large Corporations as well as advising Local Authorities and SME's, predominantly in a valuation and acquisition capacity. Away from work Edward's passions include rugby, real ale and firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve was a former client of Bettesworths and joined the team in 2018. A seasoned operator of pubs and hotels in the East Devon region, Steve has a wealth of experience in the licensed and leisure industry and a passion for property. Having sold out to national companies three times, Steve is now using his operational and property knowledge to head up the Acquisitions team at Bettesworths successfully securing sites for a number of retained clients including St Austell Brewery and Rockfish amongst others. Steve lives in Exmouth with his family and loves being on the water in his spare email@example.com
Accounts & Marketing Department
Agency Co Ordinator
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 heads the Administration Team. In her spare time, Lucy enjoys paddle boarding and long days at the firstname.lastname@example.org
Accounts & Marketing Department
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 combines this role with the marketing side of the business, concentrating on the social media platforms, website news & quarterly newsletters. Emily is a busy mother of two children so when she's not crunching numbers, posting news updates or ferrying kids around, Emily enjoys water-sports & being at the stables with her email@example.com
Agency Co Ordinator
Sandra has over 9 years of experience in the property world having previously worked for a specialised Sales & Marketing agency building new homes across Cornwall. Sandra provides an essential role at Bettesworths supporting the negotiators as an Agency Co Ordinator. Sandra also works alongside Lucy in the Bettesworths Administration Team. In her spare time she likes to be outside, usually walking her two dogs and enjoying the beaches and firstname.lastname@example.org
Mandy joined Bettesworths in 2022 after 17 years working for Barclays Bank. Mandy administers Bettesworths’ professional department. In her spare time, Mandy likes beach walks with her puppy, Teddy and spending time with her two daughters and partner. They love to take a picnic up on the moors and enjoy traveling around Devon and Cornwall exploring new email@example.com
The story of how it all began
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….
The Strand Bakery, Brixham
The Repper Family - Residential Victorian Property
Simon & Julie - Totnes Rare Breeds Farm
Dominic - The New Fountain Inn
Ian & Gen Cant - Cappello Restaurant
Gordon Smith - Memories Bistro
Wollen Michelmore Solicitors
Rita Faris - The Terrace Cafe - Dawlish
Judith Hands - The Everglades, Torquay
Dunn & Baker Solicitors - The Rivershack
Nick Frost & Phillip Robinson – Christie's Fish & Chips
Tim Pearce - GR Fine Foods
Andrew S Perloff - Chairman - Panther Securities PLC
Chris Yandell (Proprietor) - Oyster Shack
Toby Pool, Partner, Stephens Scown LLP
Adam Buck, Partner, Lameys Accountant & Insolvancy Practitioners
Graham Brown, Managing Director, Pavey Group
Graham Crocker Managing Director Heavitree Brewery PLC