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Why being a Rising Star at The Negotiator Awards changed everything

Auctioneer Andy Thompson recounts how winning the award last year changed the course of his career – and set his social media alight.

Andy Thompson , SDL Auctions

Winning the Rising Star of the year at the The Negotiator Awards last year was a really proud moment for me.

I’d worked hard over the years to try and promote property auctions not just to savvy investors and experienced landlords but also as a feasible means of buying a home.

Having bought my first property under the hammer when I was 22 years old, I knew how daunting it could be but I also knew the many advantages it can bring too, if you’re brave and take the right advice.

From that point onwards I made a point of encouraging suitable home buyers to come along and consider auctions as well as their traditional estate agent. While there is still a long way to go with bringing property auctions into the mainstream, they’ve certainly come a long way in those eight or nine years when I first bought my house.

Out of the blue

In truth, on the night of the bash I hadn’t given the awards a great deal of thought prior to the night starting as the whole thing came a bit out of the blue, with me only realising I’d been nominated when I received an email to say I was on the shortlist.

Things couldn’t be more different since winning, though. The ceremony itself was a great night with a buzzing room filled with top property professionals and red wine!

The morning after The Negotiator Awards I woke in my hotel room to the sound of my phone bleeping away and for the next few weeks my social media was awash with industry well wishes and other auction companies checking out my profile.

The award really did put me on a higher platform for people to recognise the work I was doing and fast-forward nine months and I’ve recently taken up a position at SDL Auctions – who sponsored the award on the night – one of the biggest property auction networks in the country, as part of their ambitious expansion into Manchester and the North West.


Manchester-based Andy Thompson started his career at Edward Mellor in 2005 initially as a sales negotiator and then moving on to be a valuer for the company’s auctions business and then a buying consultant. As he mentions in his piece, he moved to SDL Auctions in May 2017, where he is a residential auction valuer.

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July 13, 2017

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