‘We are increasingly noticing that clients do not want a buying agent affiliated with one of the selling agents, for obvious reasons,’ says Ed Heaton. ‘That’s becoming a major issue for a lot of people.’ A respected country operator with some 30 years’ experience, he founded Heaton & Partners in 2013 with a mind to taking on the big firms. He has quickly grown the business which is now recognised as one of the largest and most respected buying agents in both London and the country. Heaton maintains a hands-on approach, helping clients find houses across North Hampshire, West Berkshire and Wiltshire. He has offices in Berkshire and London, but still drives nearly 40,000 miles a year seeking the right homes for clients.