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Winners and finalists 2017

The companies listed below are the 2017 winners and runners-up of the premier awards in UK residential agency – if your name is there, CONGRATULATIONS!

The 2017 entry list was, once again, the biggest in the history of the Awards – which continues to grow in stature and importance with each year and is already well-established as the most important awards programme for the UK residential property industry.

The finalists were announced at a sparkling gala dinner hosted by TV presenter, star and comedian Jimmy Carr at the five-star London Hilton on Park Lane. Jimmy made a thrilling event hilarious at every opportunity, as you’d expect.

The Negotiator Awards presentation at The London Hilton on Park Lane was truly the Property Party of the Year!


Rising Star of the Year

Presented by Gareth Broom, Managing Director of GCB Property & Financial Recruitment.


Mitul Gadhia, Whitegates

The Judges said:
“A hugely impressive entrant, with real entrepreneurial flair and financially savvy – a man on a mission!”

Silver: Mark Worral of Love2Move

Bronze: Justin Beckwith of Pattinson Auctions

Community Champion of the Year

Presented by Caroline Coskry, Chief Executive of The Oracle Group.



The Judges said: “This award is truly deserved; a well-presented entry showing an impressive range of sponsorships supported by a dedicated annual budget.”

Silver: Thomas Morris

Bronze: Clear Property

Marketing Campaign of the Year

Presented by industry trainer and The Negotiator columnist, Frances Burkinshaw.



The Judges said: “A comprehensive marketing campaign that reset the dial for this agency, taking it from being almost invisible to high profile amongst dozens of competitors.”

Silver: Marsh & Parsons

Bronze: Beresfords

Website of the Year

Presented by Founder and CEO of Yomdel, Andy Soloman.



The Judges said: “A new website designed to give visitors a better experience, to be more responsive and, crucially, generate more leads. It works!”

Silver: Bradleys

Bronze: Bassets

Innovator of the Year

Presented by Operations Director of KeyAGENT John Ord.


Howard Cundey

“Challenging the traditional model with slick marketing, plucky design and innovative business models, exploring all avenues to help the customer.”

Silver: Next Chapter

Bronze: Williams Estates

Employer of the Year

Presented by Michael Stoop of Michael Stoop Services.


McEwan Fraser Legal

“True investors in people, this employer brings new talent into the industry and nurtures their development.”

Silver: Rendall & Rittner

Bronze: X1 Lettings

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New Agency of the Year

Presented by Auctioneer and Managing Director, Andrew Parker.


Propology Boutique Properties

“A great concept, fantastically well delivered, superb branding and presentation and a real local focus.

Silver: Your Next

Bronze: Whitegates

Franchise or Network of the Year

Presented by, Managing Director of Agency Express, Stephen Watson.



The judges said: “Largest doesn’t always mean best, but this business supports its franchisees, developing offices and people, building business so that they all reap the benefits.”

Silver: Ewemove

Bronze: Ulster Property Sales

Residential Auction House of the Year

Presented by Scott Hendry, Director, together Loans, Mortgages & Finance.


IAM Sold

“An outstanding entry, hugely impressive and detailed, setting out exactly why the gavel should fall right in front of them.”

Silver: Network Auctions 

Bronze: SDL Auctions

Property Management Department of the Year

Presented by John Hards of AskJohnHards.


Gibbs Gillespie

The judges said: “A thoroughly professional organisation which strives for perfection, creating steady turnover and profit growth and its recent restructure is reaping dividends.”

Silver: Homes4U

Bronze: Balgores Property Group

Property Management Company of the Year

presented by Managing Director of the Essential Information Group,  David Sandeman.



The judges said: “This company has boldly grasped the nettle, taking great steps to move forward by embracing technology.

Silver: Rendall & Rittner

Bronze: Encore Estate Management

Supplier of the Year: Technology

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Presented by the Partner Network Director of Move With Us, Simon King



The judges said: “With a slick marketing revamp, this company continues to innovate even where they dominate, maintaining investment and development in their products and their staff.”

Silver: Essential Information Group

Bronze: Yomdel

Supplier of the Year: Services and Products

Presented by the CEO of the of the Guild of Property Professionals, Iain McKenzie.


IAM Sold

The judges said: “An extremely strong financial performance demonstrates the power of this excellent additional ‘bolt on’ service for traditional agencies.”

Silver: Viewber

Bronze Dataloft

Supplier of the Year: Professional Support

Presented by Group Advertising Director for Property of Trinity Mirror, Paul Spencer.


My Home Move

The judges said: “What a machine! This entry clearly demonstrated their investment in the business, their focus on improving people and processes and innovation excellence.”

Silver: Legal for Landlords

Bronze: Cunningtons

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North East & North West Agency of the Year

Presented by Commercial Director of Spark, Ian Crowther.


Thomson Hayton Winkley

The judges said: “Against considerable competition, this submission clinched the Gold Award for its high standards, solid performance and clear market share!”

Silver: Duckworths

Bronze: Next2Buy

Yorkshire & The Humber Agency of the Year

Presented by Commercial Director of Spark, Ian Crowther.


Applegate Properties

The judges said: “A great entry that presented a great 360° view of its business, showing impressive growth, a great profit margin and investment in its staff.”

Silver: Your Nest

Bronze: Galley Properties

East & West Midlands Agency of the Year

Presented by Commercial Director of Spark, Ian Crowther.


Robert Oulsnam

The judges said: “A highly respected regional form offering a broad spectrum of services, traditional values with modern methods and confident use of new technology.”

Silver: Lovelle

Bronze: Gascoines Estate Agents

East of England Agency of the Year

Presented by Commercial Director of Spark, Ian Crowther.


Balgores Property Group

The judges said: “This agency is clearly well ahead of the crowd in this region, with strong growth and dedicated to both its clients and its staff. An outstanding entry!”

Silver: Next Chapter

Bronze: IP Twelve

London Agency of the Year

Presented by Darren Ypey, Director, Spark.



The Judges said: “Excellent submission, exceptionally well thought out, covering every each section of their market.”

Silver: Adam Hayes

Bronze: Martyn Gerrard

South East Agency of the Year

Presented by Darren Ypey, Director, Spark.


Brock Taylor

The judges said: “A fine entry, covering all services. One word describes this agency: Smart!”

Silver: Gibbs Gillespie

Bronze: Charters

South West Agency of the Year

Presented by Darren Ypey, Director, Spark.



The judges said: “25 years in residential lettings and still, clearly, looking forward and taking an innovative approach to business.”

Silver: Abosolute Sales & Lettings

Bronze: Clever Student Lets

Scotland Agency of the Year

Presented by Darren Ypey, Director, Spark.


Western Lettings

“Well managed steady growth, created by commitment and attention to detail, treating their tenants – as well as their landlords – as customers. A great entry!”

Silver: Wardhaugh Property Management 

Bronze: ESPC Lettings

Wales Agency of the Year

Presented by Darren Ypey, Director, Spark.


Williams Estates

“Recognising the value of their team and rewarding them, while bringing in the customers with fresh and appealing marketing and use of technology.”

Silver: Williams & Goodwin

Bronze: Belvoir Swansea

Northern Ireland Agency of the Year

Presented by Darren Ypey, Director, Spark.


CPS Property

The judges said: “With an impressive growth in market share and an energy to improve housing availability through funding developers, this is the standout agency in Northern Ireland!”

Silver: John Minnis Estates

Bronze: Ulster Property Sales

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Small Lettings Agency of the Year

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Presented by Georgina Pierson, CEO of Good2Rent.


Sawyer & Co

The judges said: “A very impressive agency in a hotly contested category. They are ambitious and open to innovation and experimentation – a marketing and business machine!

Silver: Applegate Properties

Bronze: Western Lettings

Medium Lettings Agency of the Year


Presented by Julian Foster, Managing Director, The Deposit Protection Service


Robert Oulsnam

“A well established firm, embracing technology and highly focused on offering specialist service elements to its clients.”

Silver: Martyn Gerrard

Bronze: Balgores Lettings

Large lettings Agency of the Year

Presented by Andy Glynne, Commercial Director, HomeLet



The judges said: “A heartfelt submission giving a clear overview of their 25 year journey, ticking all the boxes; a fine example of good honest hard graft winning out!”

Silver: Portico

Small Estate Agency of the Year (1-3 branches)

Presented Suzanna Mavity, Head of Sales, Jet Software, by Reapit.



“Impressive growth, excellent innovation, and we loved their use of video messaging – all wrapped up in a very high quality presentation!”

Silver: Propology Boutique Properties

Bronze: Adam Hayes

Medium Estate Agency of the Year (4-11 branches)

Presented by Ian Crowther, Commercial Director, Spark.


Thomas Morris Sales & Lettings

The Judges said: “The epitome of a consistent, first class performer, a leader in their market, a model for others to note.”

Silver: Gibbs Gillespie

Bronze: Charters

Large Estate Agency of the Year (12+ branches)

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Presented by Nigel Barnett, Managing Director Global4 Communications.



“So much could be praised, but simply put, this entry demonstrated everything that is right about independent estate agency today.”

Silver: Portico

Bronze: Marsh & Parsons

The Negotiator Lifetime Achievement Award

Presented by Chris Gauld, CEO, Spark.

John Hards

Former Managing Director, Countrywide Residential Lettings, now of AskJohnHards.

With 45 years in the property business, John has also worked hard to develop and promote ARLA and The Tenancy Deposit Scheme, working with multiple brands, encouraging, developing, building the careers of many others.

John has been described as a ‘’real force for good in the industry” – a “totally genuine property professional” and – “A thoroughly good bloke.”