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Our Story

Established in April 1985, Stanbra Powell by Bryan Powell and Philip Stanbra. Friends since 1969, Bryan and Philip brought their extensive experience in the local housing market to Banbury, having worked for prominent estate agencies in the area. Their deep-rooted knowledge of Banbury, where both were born, and their substantial local contacts, laid the foundation for the business.

Growth and Expansion

Contacts with local solicitors and building societies were crucial to establishing a strong presence. The business thrived with Stanbra Powell developing connections with national builders like Bovis Homes and Federated Homes , building a reputation that continues to this day. 

In 1988, with the business flourishing, Stanbra Powell acquired the lease for the adjoining 5 Horsefair from Sundown Dry Cleaners and initiated a significant frontage project. An estate agency that overlooks Banbury Cross and is a well-established business within both Banbury and surrounding areas. 

Adapting and Innovating

Stanbra Powell navigated the property market downturns through astute management. When the market rebounded in 1995, they were well-positioned to capitalise on new opportunities. The property rental and management division, under the leadership of Rental Manager Lyn Stanley, saw substantial growth and remains a vital revenue stream which is now managed by Alex Lock and his team.

Embracing the digital age early, Stanbra Powell partnered with Rightmove, Zoopla, and OnTheMarket, enhancing their marketing strategies without losing the personal touch that defines their customer service. 

Leadership and Legacy

In the early 2000s, Adam Prewer, now Senior Director, joined as a trainee, followed by Alex Lock and Martin Upton. Despite the 2007 market downturn, Stanbra Powell maintained steady trade, continuing to serve Banbury in sales and rental management. In 2013, the company incorporated as Stanbra Powell Ltd, with Adam, Alex, and Martin becoming directors, ensuring a robust leadership team for the future.

Stanbra Powell’s enduring success is a testament to its commitment to exceptional service, community roots, and the ability to adapt and grow in a changing market. We are excited about the future as we continue to grow in Banbury and the surrounding areas. With our new director team, bringing extensive knowledge and fresh perspectives, we are more committed than ever to providing exceptional service. Our passion for property and dedication to our clients remain at the heart of everything we do. 

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