Pocklington-based Chris Clubley and Co has been named Best Agent in Yorkshire for the third year running in a prestigious awards ceremony.
Relocation Agent Network, a national network of 600 selected estate agents across England, Scotland and Wales, awarded the 2015 Yorkshire title to the Chris Clubley team for their contribution to the network, their ability to achieve customer satisfaction, a strong market share locally, and a proven record of helping relocating buyers move both in and out of the area.
Chris said: “To win this award once is tremendous, but to achieve it three years in a row is absolutely brilliant. All credit must go to my fantastic team, many of whom have been with me for years and who have worked their way up to become skilled and accredited negotiators, auctioneers, managers and directors.”
The estate agency has five branches, its first was established in Market Weighton in 1989, followed by offices in Brough, Pocklington, Stamford Bridge and now Beverley.
The company was handpicked to be a member of the Relocation Agent Network, based on criteria such as quality of service, local knowledge and professionalism. Network members work together to showcase client properties and to offer property search advice nationally and internationally
One of the Chris Clubley team, 22 year-old Louise Overton, was a finalist in the Network’s employee of the year award. She benefited from work experience and mentoring opportunities offered by Chris to students, particularly at Market Weighton School where he was once a pupil.
She was 13 when she completed a two-week work placement and impressed staff with her dedication and enthusiasm. Today she is office manager at the estate agency’s new branch in Beverley.
“After my work experience all I wanted to do was to work in property. I enjoyed working in the Chris Clubley office and kept in touch and I really appreciated the mentoring scheme. It gives you great insight and experience and I’d recommend mentoring to students whatever career they choose.”
Now she is helping younger colleagues such as 19 year-old Mike Anthony, a former Market Weighton pupil who also took advantage of a work experience placement at the estate agency. He is based in Chris Clubley’s Stamford Bridge office and is working his way up.
Chris said: “We welcome school leavers with an interest in estate agency work. The injection of young blood into the company is good for business because it helps to build contact with the younger generation in our community. We are seeing increased instructions from younger people in both sales and rentals and an improved introduction rate to our financial services arms. Also, Louise’s example shows our younger members what can be achieved with dedication and hard work.“