Co-Founder of Finally Brewer

Brook Green – London


How many years have you been an agent?

25 years


In one sentence why do you think independent agents are a better choice for the public?

We know and love the area where we work and are committed to getting to know our clients and achieving the best results for them, every deal (sale or let) counts for an independent and we are only as good as our last deal.


What do you hope CIELA will achieve?

Bring independent agents together, help them offer a better quality of service and use our combined data and experience to tell our story to the public. Relentlessly.


To what do you attribute your success over your competitors?

Hard work, excellent staff, a little luck and more hard work.


What is the hardest part of running an independent agency?

Constant increase in compliance and regulation


Most agents would admit to being busier then they like. What one thing would you advise them to stop doing?

Sometimes you just need to stop…..and think


Who is the most impressive agent you have ever met?

Teresa Brewer and Paul Cosgrove, my business partners, who are the head and heart of Finlay Brewer


How would you describe the overall quality of the founders group?

A broad mix of businesses and backgrounds, a blend of skills, ages, experience, cynicism, positivity and personality. All very focussed on making CIELA a success.


Why do you think Charlie is the right person to get this organisation started?

Charlie has a great insight of independent estate agency having serviced the industry for many years.  His understanding and experience at the cutting edge of technology and customer service will be invaluable as will his natural enthusiasm and drive to succeed


What aspect of your business are you most proud of?

Our reputation, our record and our desire to maintain both


If you could wave a magic wand and change one thing about your business, what would it be?

I would take us back to 1992 and do it all over again, it’s been hard work but great fun.


In one word how would you describe the responsibility of being an employer?