SDL Surveying conduct property inspections on behalf of a range of national lending organisations so that a property’s security can be assessed for mortgage purposes. SDL Surveying completed over 170,000 surveys during 2017 and have distributed £34 million of work.

Property Management

We are proud to lead the way in PRS development and management, where we have successfully delivered 32 PRS schemes in the North West over the past 4 years, providing in excess of 2000 homes. Within the Estate Management division we also deliver management solutions for over 30,000 units across the UK.

Auctions & Agency

Our residential and commercial property businesses offer unrivalled end-to- end support. In 2017 alone, the SDL Auctions network sold over 1000 lots and raised more than £600m in sales for our vendors across the country. We pride ourselves on bringing sales by auction into the mainstream.

Financial Services

Our financial services businesses provide exceptional service to customers and our partners across the market, through mortgage and specialist protection advice. The bespoke financial solutions we offer through Stonebridge led to the business being named Best Mortgage Network at the 2017 Mortgage Strategy Awards.

Passionate People


Pursuit of a better way

Paul Gratton

Chief Executive Officer

A co-founder of the SDL Group, Paul began his career at Midland Bank. There he played a key role in the creation of First Direct, becoming Financial Services Director. Paul went on to become CEO of the innovative bank Egg, before returning to the SDL Group in 2006.

Rob Clifford

Group Commercial Director

Rob has been on the group board for 8 years having worked in the property and mortgage sector for 30 years. Prior to SDL he was Managing Director of Virgin Money and Chief Executive at Mortgageforce. Rob is CEO of SDL’s estate agency businesses and he’s Head of SDL’s financial services division.

Simon Jackson

Chief Operating Officer

A former COO of Aon's retail division and operations leader at Egg, Simon joined the SDL Group in 2007 to lead the surveying businesses, and oversee operations across the Group.

Colin Anderton

Chief Financial Officer

ACA-qualified Colin trained with Deloitte in Nottingham, before joining Egg in 2001, fulfilling a number of senior management roles at Egg and Citigroup. Colin joined the SDL Group in 2013, and played a key role in the 2015 acquisition of CP Bigwood.

Andy Deller

Group Strategy Director

A proven business leader with over 25 years’ experience, Andy’s experience before joining the SDL Group included 6 years as Chief Executive of Dunbar Bank, and 10 years with Egg in a variety of operational and commercial roles, finishing as Chief Marketing Officer.