Thursday and Friday last week were quiet days for many agents as viewings, appraisals and tenant check-ins proved difficult to get to as the beast from the east roared in.
But one set of 24 SpicerHaart agents will have had fewer excuses than most for cancelling appointments, as they had recently completed a course in the Austrian alps designed to sharped up their snow and ice driving skills.
The top-performing agents from several of the company’s agencies including haart, Chewton Rose, Felicity J Lord, Darlows and Haybrook were in Austria three weeks ago on a glacier near the ski resort of Sölden.
It’s some 3,000 metres above sea level and the highest driver training camp of its kind in the world.
The course, which was provided by BMW, included instruction on how to avoid skidding into walls of ice, breaking and steering on snow, as well as avoiding steep drops down the mountainside.4
The trip was part of SpicerHaart’s ongoing programme of taking its brightest stars on foreign jaunts.
“It was a brilliant trip, absolutely fantastic [and] we all now know how to drive properly in the snow,” said Mel Mills (pictured, above), Branch Manager of haart in Bury St Edmunds, a multi-award winner who has also been on trips to Miami, Bangkok, New York, Abu Dhabi and Germany.
Not all the agents on the course nailed driving in the snow straight away. Andrew Benn, the Managing Director of the company’s lettings division, shredded a cone during a 60mph driving challenge in a BMW M2 saloon during the event (below).
“Rewarding the very best is always the greatest part of my job,” says Paul Smith, Chief Executive of Spicerhaart.
“Every year we try to find extraordinary experiences to incentivise our teams across the UK to be the best performers in the company.
“Racing finely tuned BMW’s across glaciers with our top people on the highest mountain range in Europe takes some beating.
“Little did we realise just how quickly we would be putting our new-found skills to the test, back home in the UK!”.