ONE of the UK's largest livestock markets is part of a merger between two of the leading companies of property agents and chartered surveyors.

Morris, Marshall and Poole (MMP) and Norman Lloyd which includes Welshpool Livestock Sales have merged in a deal that will see a single business created,

The merged businesses will be named Morris Marshall and Poole with Norman Lloyd, bringing togetherbusinesses specialising in residential, commercial and agricultural property and land services throughout Powys,

Tony Evans of MMP, said:“The merger is a key part of our ongoing investment in growing the business and providing our customers with the best possible service.”

“We provide a physical high street presence as well as an interactive online service, ensuring our customers always have someone to meet and deal with personally. The larger and strengthened team adds to that provision.”

‘’The expanded team allows the merged business to specialise in many parts of our business meaning that our customers have the benefit of someone who fully understands the issues at hand can advise, guide and act on their behalf in a knowledgeable manner and add extra value to our customers in our work’’

David Jones, a partner at Norman Lloyd, said: "By integrating the businesses, we will be adding to the benefits we can offer our existing clients, as well as future customers.

Norman Lloyd offices at Newtown, Welshpool and Llanidloes will transfer to the existing MMP offices in these three towns. Its Bishop’s Castle office will become part of the MMP network, with offices at Llanidloes, Newtown, Welshpool, Aberystwyth, Oswestry, Machynlleth, Rhayader and Tywyn and a presence in Aberdyfi.

The merger will allow our Welshpool Livestock Sales customers to benefit from staff presence on site who will be available to assist them from this base on market days and will be easily available from this new office base during the rest of the week,