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We Celebrate at Prestigious Annual Conference and Awards Dinner

Monday 27 November 2017

Estate agents from across England, Scotland and Wales are celebrating after winning distinguished industry awards at the 24th Relocation Agent Network National Conference and Exhibition. Held on Friday 17 November 2017, the annual event, including an evening black tie Awards Dinner has become one of the UK’s most prestigious estate agency events and a calendar highlight for Network members.

Taking place at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel in London, delegates attended keynote sessions presented by top business consultant and former Managing Director of Robert Half International, Jeff Grout; Hamish Taylor, founder of the Skills Exchange Network, which enables organisations to achieve innovations by looking outside their industry; and economist, Roger Martin-Fagg.

The day also included a trade exhibition, giving delegates the opportunity to meet with key estate agency suppliers, including platinum sponsor Rightmove. Other 2017 sponsors included Moneypenny, Reapit, TM training and development, Live, Ravensworth, ARPM and PropertyBOX, powered by KeyAGENT.

This year’s event saw a brand new format, with the introduction of speed sharing roundtables and workshops, each one hosted by an expert in their field. From lettings and compliance, to effective phone calls and employee engagement, the new format gave delegates the opportunity to choose the topics that they wanted to learn more about.

The official Conference Mobile App gave delegates the chance to network with one another in the lead up to the event. On the day, the App allowed delegates to take part in live polling during Conference sessions. Designed to enhance the ‘delegate experience’ the interactive sessions produced results shown instantly on stage, providing real insight into how attending Relocation Agent Network members viewed key industry topics.

2017 Award Winners
The event culminated in a black tie Awards Dinner hosted by well-known comedian and TV presenter, Sue Perkins, who gave awards to the night’s winning estate agents. This included the most coveted Agent of the Year accolade, won by Pygott & Crone from the East Midlands who were judged to be the agent who has most excelled in leading the field of UK estate agency and Network standards.

Relocation Agent Network also took the opportunity to raise funds for charity at this year’s Awards Dinner. Participating in a fundraising game, delegates raised more than £2,000 for the estate agency charity, Agents Giving. The well-deserved cause is dedicated to raising money for UK organisations such as Macmillan Cancer Support and the British Heart Foundation.

The Employee of the Year award, was given to Brock Taylor’s Liam Stanbridge and Ferndown Estates was crowned Newcomer of the Year. Relocation Agent Network’s 16 Best Agent Regional Awards went to; Richard James (Central); Barbers (Cheshire & North Wales); Thomas Morris (East Anglia & Essex); Gibbs Gillespie (Greater London); Pygott & Crone (East Midlands); Hunters (West Midlands); J W Wood (North East); Petty (North West); Maloco (Scotland); Homes (Thames Valley); White & Guard (South); Miles & Barr (South East); Webbers (South West); Clubleys (Yorkshire); Heritage (West); and Dawsons (South Wales).

The nine Customer Relocation Awards went to Pygott & Crone from the East Midlands (Category A); Webbers from the South West (Category B); Thomas Morris from East Anglia & Essex (Category C); Gibbs Gillespie from Greater London (Category D); Richard James from Central (Category E); Victorstone from Greater London (Category F); Graham Butt from the South East (Category G); Sparks Ellison from the South (Category H); and Horizon from East Anglia (Category I).

Managing Director of Relocation Agent Network, Richard Tucker commented, “Our 2016 National Conference provided members with the opportunity to learn from keynote speakers and business experts. Each year we aim to provide our delegates with the tools to go back to their businesses and really lead the market in terms of business success and innovation. Of course, our annual Awards Dinner was also a night of celebration and I’d like to congratulate all of this year’s deserved winners, who have each been outstanding members of the Network over the last 12 months.”

NOTES TO EDITOR
Photograph shows from left to right: Cartus CEO, Kevin Kelleher, Sue Perkins, Pygott & Crone, Richard Tucker

Relocation Agent Network is a national network of selected estate agents with offices in England, Scotland and Wales. Cartus is a leading global relocation services provider, assisting nearly 168,000 customers worldwide every year. For further information, please contact RelocationAgentMarketing@Cartus.com

The Conference award winners were:
1. Employee of the Year – Liam Stanbridge (Brock Taylor)
2. Newcomer of the Year – Ferndown Estates
3. Best Agent Regional Award
– Central: Richard James
– Cheshire & North Wales: Barbers
– East Anglia & Essex: Thomas Morris
– East Midlands: Pygott & Crone
– Greater London: Gibbs Gillespie
– North East: J W Wood
– North West: Petty
– Scotland: Maloco
– South: White & Guard
– South East: Miles & Barr
– South Wales: Dawsons
– South West: Webbers
– Thames Valley: Homes
– West: Heritage
– West Midlands: Hunters
– Yorkshire: Club

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