Hartlepool heir-hunting firm is on the move as business booms

UK Steel Enterprise's  Joan Cook, back left, with HeirHunter  owners Fraser, right, and  Tracy Kinnie, and their team.
UK Steel Enterprise's Joan Cook, back left, with HeirHunter owners Fraser, right, and Tracy Kinnie, and their team.

A company specialising in heir hunting has moved into a new home as it continues to grow.

HeirHunter UK, set up by husband and wife team Fraser and Tracy Kinnie, is now based in the Innovation Centre on Hartlepool’s Queens Meadow Business Park, run by UK Steel Enterprise.

The team’s success has, in less than a year, seen HeirHunter UK move from being home-based to the Innovation Centre, to accommodate a five-strong team.

Another two team members are expected to join the company by the beginning of 2016.

HeirHunter UK expects to have dealt with more than 200 separate claims, involving tracing missing beneficiaries to unclaimed estates, by the end of this year.

Fraser said: “We tend to deal with the smaller claims which range from about £3,000 to £5,000, but our largest was more than £25,000.

“There are thousands of bequests waiting to be claimed and it gives us all real satisfaction to find the people who are the rightful recipients of that money.”

HeirHunter UK also helps people find long-lost family and friends.

Fraser added: “We started out in a corner of our kitchen then progressed to a spare room, then the garage, and just grew really quickly.”

Joan Cook of UK Steel Enterprise said: “We have companies involved in many different sectors here, but HeirHunter UK is the first in this line of business.

“It is heart-warming to see the cards and messages from people who are so grateful and happy to have been reunited with missing family, or to receive an unexpected windfall and we are delighted to have the company here.”