Local estate agent, Greenslade Taylor Hunt, is this week celebrating 35 years of business in the town. Back in 1982, the long-established South West firm of auctioneers and estate agents, RB Taylor and Sons, opened a new branch office, adding to its presence in Yeovil, Sherborne, Langport and Bridgwater. The firm later merged with FL Hunt and Sons and WRJ Greenslade. This year also marks the firm’s collective 180 year anniversary.

Andrew Perry, who attended Chard School and whose family founded the Perry Cider Mill in Dowlish Wake, opened the office with one member of staff and is to this day managing partner of the branch along with nine colleagues, including Maria Cave who is celebrating 20 years at the same office this year. Andrew says, “It is an honour to be celebrating this milestone with my colleagues. We have enjoyed many years at the heart of the local  community, helping families find homes here and as the years have gone by, enabling their children to do the same. The relationships we build ensure a real sense of continuity and trust for our clients.”

Looking back over the intervening years, Andrew reflects on the positive developments in the town. The notable change being the bypass which helped to mark Ilminster on the map as a destination, rather than a congested thoroughfare. The supermarket located centrally in the town is an asset as visitors are able to browse the unique array of shops, eateries and  businesses. The new homes built from the year 2000, following a quiet  period from about 1987, helped generate growth and created increased demand for homes in this popular area.

Commenting on the firm’s successful tenure in the town, Andrew notes, “Our commitment  to marketing is at the centre of all we do. We pay attention to detail and make sure we always get the job done properly. Continued new and repeat instructions prove that our approach works. We are busy and happy to be so. Here’s to the next 35 years!”