DARLINGTON letting agent My Property Box has increased its portfolio following the acquisition of Richmond-based Garrison Lettings.

The deal strengthens the firm's presence in North Yorkshire and the deal is part of its long-term growth strategy.

Garrison Lettings was co-founded by Jill Atkinson who, with the support of office manager Maria Hawkswell, has run the business since 2004.

They will continue to work for My Property Box.

It is the third such deal the firm has completed during the past 18 months and follows the takeover of Thornaby-based Holt Estate Agents, and Sandersons Lettings, which had an office in Duke Street, Darlington.

In addition, it is currently working to acquire lettings businesses in the Leeds area as it seeks to gain a foothold in West Yorkshire.

Ben Quaintrell, managing director, said: “This deal underlines our commitment to strengthening and growing this business that was established only eight years ago."