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A Teesside businessman, who started his professional life as a nurse and went on to manage Nifco in Stockton, has become the first franchisee of a national property company.

Jeremy O’Connor has launched Adore Properties in Hartburn thanks to the area’s buoyant housing market.

The businessman, from Ingleby Barwick, has invested in the region of £75,000 and created four new jobs at Adore, based on Harper Parade in Hartburn.

Adore was established in the North West of England in 2011 and, thanks to its success over the last five years, the business is expanding around the country. Teesside was selected as the first franchise location thanks to its varied property market.

The company prides itself on its cost-effective and personal sales operation, working in a similar way to online estate agents but with premises and staff carrying out viewings and providing help and advice.

In addition, Adore is the only Teesside-based estate agents to offer short films of each property on Rightmove.

Jeremy O’Connor is a well-known local entrepreneur who spent many years helping to run Nifco in Stockton and was responsible for establishing AlphaGraphics on Teesside. In addition, Mr O’Connor has been involved in a number of business developments in sectors such as industry, printing and property development. He currently divides his time between running OCALS, a legal services company, and Adore properties.

Mr O’Connor said: “I have been involved with Adore Properties for several years and admired the way in which the company operates, offering similar low costs to online estate agents whilst providing round-the-clock help and advice from a dedicated, local team.

“I’m really pleased that Adore selected Teesside as its first franchise location and Hartburn is ideal thanks to a high footfall at our office base. What’s more, we’re at the heart of a local community that my team and I know well.

“The property market across Teesside, like so many other regions, has experienced a slight lull in the last 12months but we are now seeing that it is definitely on the up.”