Family owned chartered surveyors McLaughlins is seeking industry professionals to become franchisees of its newly renamed and rapidly expanding MCL business.

The firm, founded in Stoke-on-Trent by the McLaughlin family more than 40 years ago, is inviting residential chartered surveyors to apply for its free ‘Business in a Box’ scheme and join the fast-growing ‘M-CLUB’.

Nine new M-CLUB members signed up on the day of MCL’s official launch event in Sheffield, increasing the number of surveyors on the firm’s books to 38 across the UK.

With just five surveyors at MCL when current managing director Joe Miller joined last November, the latest figure puts the company on course to reach its target of 60 surveyors by Christmas – making it one of the biggest nationwide.

Derby-based Joe, who was formerly head of operations at SDL Surveying in Nottingham, said: “Having grown to this size from what was a small family business, I felt it was time to look at the next exciting phase in our journey.

“This new programme will enable other people in the industry to do the same thing as our founders did and effectively build their own family business. Our plan is to be in the top 10 of chartered surveying firms by Christmas and maybe in the top five by this time next year.”

After meeting certain minimum criteria, qualified surveyors who apply to become part of the MCL family will receive a free ‘Business in a Box’, which includes a marketing budget, social media training and management, ongoing CPD allowance, help with business tenders, professional indemnity insurance and investment for hiring more employees.

They will benefit from being part of an increasingly recognised and respected industry name, with operations from Derby to Darlington, Bognor Regis to Bristol and Manchester to Middlesbrough. In just the last year alone, MCL has seen its turnover increase tenfold.

“We’re definitely breaking the mould in an industry which, although seen as one of the most trustworthy in the housing sector, has also been quite old-fashioned,” said Joe.

“This modern franchise-style approach is the first of its kind in the UK and will enable independent surveyors or those currently working for other employers to grow and retain more of the income and profit generated by their work.”

Joe added that he would encourage more people to look seriously at becoming qualified chartered surveyors, as it is an industry that is rarely short of work and continues to benefit hugely from the buoyant housing market.

Each new surveyor on MCL’s books is allocated a specific territory in the UK, typically in the region they are already operating. The ongoing support from MCL will provide members with the backing of a national name to help them establish closer relationships with estate agents and solicitors in their local areas.

MCL partner Sean McLaughlin, son of the original founders, said: “As McLaughlins, the business gained a solid footing in our birthplace of Stoke many decades ago. Since then, and particularly in the last year, we’ve seen the company expand to many other parts of the UK.

“The new MCL brand looks set to take us towards even greater success in the future. It’s wonderful to see that our small family firm has not only survived for so long but is set to become one of the major players in the UK surveying sector.”