100th Anniversary

2024 is our Centenary Year of Celebration

We are proud to be one of Birmingham’s longest standing property companies and are delighted to be celebrating our 100th Anniversary this year.

Cottons was formed in 1924 by Birmingham Entrepreneur, Estate Agent & Auctioneer, Jack Cotton who later ventured into the world of property development, flourishing in post war Britain and putting his name to many significant city centre buildings in Birmingham with developments including the 3.5 acre Big Top site fronting New Street, the Notting Hill Complex in London and the Pan Am Building over the Grand Central Terminal in New York City.

Jack handed his property business to his eldest son Derek who qualified as a Chartered Surveyor and ran Jack Cotton & Partners from offices constructed by his dad at Cavendish House, Waterloo Street in Birmingham City Centre.

During the 1980’s, Cottons, along with Black Country agents Allsop Sellers were purchased by The Leeds Building Society and became the multi office practice of Allsop Cottons and were prominent throughout the West Midlands.

The Leeds sold their property businesses to The Halifax Bank in 1995 and with the exception of the Property Management office at Cavendish House all branches converted to Halifax Property Services.

In 1997 The Halifax decided to sell their Property Management Department operating from Cavendish House and a Management Buyout of the original company was undertaken returning the long-established Cottons brand to independent ownership.

To this day, Cottons continues to be one of the only traditional, multi disciplined practices left in the West Midlands offering a full array of property services to our many clients and customers and through the guidance of the partners and hard work of all our loyal staff, the business has continued to flourish and thrive and we are well positioned heading into our next century in an ever changing property industry.

We are proud to be members of the RICS, ARLA, ARMA and NAVA and fully adhere to all the exceptionally high standards expected from these professional bodies.

All the Partners and Staff at Cottons are looking forward to celebrating our Centenary Year and the successes we have achieved throughout our 100 years of trading.   We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our clients and customers for their loyal support and we will continue to offer the highest level of service you have all come to expect from our company.