Semmens impressed the judges with “her outstanding professional auctioneering skills, including handling difficult bidding situations whilst maintaining genuine customer empathy, and adding a good touch of humour to help lift the bid levels”, according to NAVA.
The President’s Award was presented to Steven Denley-Hill, who has dedicated much of his professional life to NAVA and held several influential roles including president, chairman and CEO.
The Community Award was presented to Symonds & Sampson as the company that best demonstrated their commitment to corporate and social responsibilities within the community.
This year’s Property Auction House of the Year award was handed to Network Auctions “for demonstrating outstanding customer service, robust business strategy, effective marketing, profession involvement and best practice.”
Phil Arnold, President, NAVA, said, “This event is an industry institute. Now in its fifth year, it’s a great way for us to show off and congratulate the great work conducted by valuers and auctioneers across the whole business.
“We were extremely impressed with this year’s entrants – the standard was very high,” he added.
Meanwhile, Auction House ran its very first property auction in Nottingham last week in association with HEB Chartered Surveyors.
The sale, which was held at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Nottingham, saw 11 of the 12 lots offered under the hammer sold, collectively raising almost £1 million.
The company’s decision to join forces with Matt Hilton and his colleagues at HEB in Nottingham increases Auction House’s network to 40 auction rooms.
Auction House’s Founding Director Roger Lake (right) said, “It’s good to add a Nottingham sale room to our network and to have teamed up with Matt Hilton and his colleagues at HEB. This new addition to our ranks will strengthen our presence in East Midlands, and make the brand active in a territory where sale by auction is already popular.”
Auctioneer Matt Hilton (left) said, “We’ve watched the growth of Auction House in recent years and have been impressed by their core philosophy of selling local properties close to home – something which is good for our local, regional and national clients. We’re delighted to have joined the brand and look forward to increasing our number of entries, now that we can provide a whole of market service.”