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The Negotiator Awards 2017 – the winners

Read the full list of the winners of this year's awards held at the glamorous ballroom of the London Hilton hotel on 31st October.

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Over 750 guests gathered to celebrate the very best residential property companies in the United Kingdom at The Negotiator Awards to celebrate the very best residential property companies in the United Kingdom.

With guests from east to west, north to south, the Grand Ballroom at The Hilton on Park Lane, London, was the perfect venue for the 10th year, generously sponsored by Spark and supported by Agency Express, The Deposit Protection Service (DPS), GCB Property & Financial Recruitment, Global4Communications, Good2rent, HomeLet, JET by Reapit, Oracle Group, PropertyBOX, SDL Auctions, Together and Yomdel.

Our host this year was Jimmy Carr, one of the UK’s leading entertainers, who didn’t disappoint those looking for fun, laughter and outstandingly clever repartee, throughout the evening.

After a very bubbly and excited reception and a splendid dinner, 31 Negotiator Awards were presented in great style – winners listed below.

The Negotiator Awards, however, is not like many other events, this is The Property Party of the Year! Sometimes exciting, with dancers and, sometimes noisy with trumpets and whistles, sometimes beating the drums… this year it was daaaaark, creeeeeepy and scaaaary as Halloween came to The Hilton in great style, with the one and only (reincarnated) Michael Jackson Thriller show!

Generous guests raised funds for our supported charity, Crisis, through generous donations, a raffle and a totally spinning Charity Casino. Once again, said our guests, it was truly a night to remember.

RISING STAR OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by GCB Property & Financial Recruitment and presented by Managing Director, Gareth Broom.

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

GOLD: Mitul Gadhia of Whitegates
SILVER: Mark Worral
BRONZE: Justin Beckwith

COMMUNITY CHAMPION OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Oracle Group and presented by Oracle’s Chief Executive, Caroline Coskry.

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

GOLD: Charters Estate Agents
SILVER: Thomas Morris
BRONZE: Clear Property

MARKETING CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR

Presented by The Negotiator Awards winner of The Lifetime Achievement Award 2016, 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.”

GOLD: Underhill
SILVER: Marsh & Parsons
BRONZE: Beresfords

WEBSITE OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Yomdel and presented by the 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!”

GOLD: Winkworth
SILVER: Bradleys
BRONZE: Bassets

INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by KeyAGENT and presented by Operations Director, John Ord.

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

GOLD: Howard Cundey
SILVER: Next Chapter
BRONZE: Williams Estates

EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR

Presented by Michael Stoop of Michael Stoop Services.

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

GOLD:  McEwan Fraser Legal
SILVER: Rendall & Ritter
BRONZE: X1 Lettings

NEW AGENCY OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by SDL Auction Partners and presented by Auctioneer and Managing Director, Andrew Parker.

The judges said: “A great concept, fantastically well delivered, superb branding and presentation and a real local focus.”

GOLD: Propology Boutique Properties
SILVER: Your Nest
BRONZE: Whitegates

FRANCHISE OR NETWORK OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Agency Express and presented by Managing Director, 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.”

GOLD: Belvoir
SILVER: Ewemove
BRONZE: Ulster Property Sales

RESIDENTIAL AUCTION HOUSE OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Together and presented by Scott Hendry, Director.

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

GOLD: IAM Sold
SILVER: Network Auctions
BRONZE: SDL Auctions

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT OF THE YEAR

Presented by a lettings legend, John Hards of AskJohnHards.

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

GOLD: Gibbs Gillespie
SILVER: Homes4U
BRONZE: Balgores

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.” GOLD: FirstportSILVER: Rendall & Ritter BRONZE: Encore Estate Management

SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR- TECHNOLOGY

Sponsored by TheNegotiatorJobs.co.uk, and 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.”

GOLD: Reapit
SILVER: Essential Information Group
BRONZE: Yomdel

SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR – PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Presented by the CEO of The Guild of Property Professionals, Iain McKenzie. The judges said: “An extremely strong financial performance demonstrates the power of this excellent additional ‘bolt on’ service for traditional agencies.”

GOLD: IAM Sold
SILVER: Viewber
BRONZE: Dataloft

SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR – PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT

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

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.”

GOLD:  My Home Move
SILVER: Legal for Landlords
BRONZE: Cunningtons

NORTH EAST AND WEST AGENCY OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Spark Energy and presented by Spark’s Commercial Director Ian Crowther.

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

GOLD: Thomson Hayton Winkley
SILVER: Duckworths
BRONZE: Next2Buy

YORKSHIRE AND THE HUMBER AGENCY OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Spark Energy and presented by Spark’s Commercial Director Ian Crowther.

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.”

GOLD: Applegate Properties 

SILVER: Your Nest
BRONZE: Galley Properties

EAST & WEST MIDLANDS AGENCY OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Spark Energy and presented by Spark’s Commercial Director Ian Crowther.

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.”

GOLD: Robert Oulsnam
SILVER:  Lovelle
BRONZE: Gascoines Estate Agents

EAST OF ENGLAND AGENCY OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Spark Energy and presented by Spark’s Commercial Director Ian Crowther.

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!”

GOLD: Balgores Lettings
SILVER: Next Chapter Homes
BRONZE: IP Twelve

LONDON AGENCY OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Spark Energy and presented by Spark’s Sales Director, Darren Ypey.

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

GOLD: Portico
SILVER:  Adam Hayes
BRONZE: Martyn Gerrard

SOUTH EAST AGENCY OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Spark Energy and presented by Spark’s Sales Director, Darren Ypey.

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

GOLD: Brock Taylor
SILVER: Gibbs Gillespie
BRONZE: Charters

SOUTH WEST AGENCY OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Spark Energy and presented by Spark’s Sales Director, Darren Ypey.

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

GOLD: Bradleys
SILVER: Absolute Sales & Lettings
BRONZE: Clever Student Lets

SCOTLAND AGENCY OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Spark Energy and presented by Spark’s Sales Director, Darren Ypey.

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

GOLD: Western Lettings
SILVER: Wardhaugh Property Management
BRONZE: ESPC Lettings.

WALES AGENCY OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Spark Energy and presented by Spark’s Sales Director, Darren Ypey.

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

GOLD: Williams Estates
SILVER: Williams & Goodwin, The Property People
BRONZE: Belvoir Swansea

NORTHERN IRELAND AGENCY OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Spark Energy and presented by Spark’s Sales Director, Darren Ypey.

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!”

GOLD: CPS Property
SILVER: John Minnis Estate Agents
BRONZE: Ulster Property Sales

SMALL LETTINGS AGENCY OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Good2Rent and presented by Chief Operating Officer, Georgina Pierson.

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!”

GOLD: Sawyer & Co.
SILVER: Applegate Properties
BRONZE: Western Lettings

MEDIUM LETTINGS AGENCY OF THE YEAR (4-11 BRANCHES)

Sponsored by The Deposit Protection Service and presented by the Managing Director, Julian Foster.

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

GOLD: Robert Oulsnam
SILVER: Martyn Gerrard
BRONZE: Balgores Lettings

LARGE LETTINGS AGENCY OF THE YEAR (12+ BRANCHES)

Sponsored by HomeLet and presented by the Commercial Director of HomeLet, Andy Glynne.

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!”

GOLD: Bradleys
SILVER: Portico

SMALL ESTATE AGENCY OF THE YEAR (1-3 BRANCHES)

Sponsored JET by Reapit and presented by Jet’s Head of Sales, Suzanna Mavity.The judges said: “Impressive growth, excellent innovation, and we loved their use of video messaging  – all wrapped up in a very high quality presentation!”

GOLD: Next2Buy
SILVER: Propology Boutique Properties
BRONZE: Adam Hayes

MEDIUM ESTATE AGENCY OF THE YEAR (4-11 BRANCHES)

Sponsored by Spark Energy and presented by Ian Crowther, Commercial Director.The judges said: “The epitome of a consistent, first class performer, a leader in their market, a model for others to note.”

GOLD: Thomas Morris Sales & Lettings
SILVER: Gibbs Gillespie
BRONZE: Charters

LARGE ESTATE AGENCY OF THE YEAR (12+ BRANCHES)

Sponsored by Global4 Communications and presented by Managing Director, Nigel Barnett.

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

GOLD: Bradleys
SILVER: Portico Property Ltd
BRONZE: Marsh & Parsons

THE NEGOTIATOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The Negotiator Lifetime Achievement Award was sponsored by Spark Energy and Chris Gauld, CEO, Spark, said,“There are very few people in property that are known across the country, east to west, north to south.

“You have to be pretty special and while this year’s winner wouldn’t like to be called pretty, they must know that they are special.

“With 45 years in the property business, they have 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, some of whom are here tonight.“Our Award winner has been described as a ‘’real force for good in the industry” – ‘A totally genuine property professional’ and –  “A thoroughly good bloke.

The Negotiator Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to the former Managing Director, Countrywide Residential Lettings – John Hards

 

November 1, 2017

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