Multi-skilled team to 12 to drive estate agency training
Connells Group enters the new year with a significantly enhanced Land and New Homes division with the appointment of 14 property professionals across its network.
Graham Jones, a human resources leader with over 25 years’ experience, has been appointed Group Human Resources Director at leading estate agency and property services provider Connells Group.
Gold for Connells Group at the Estate Agency of the Year Awards
Another successful year for the Group at prestigious awards
Connells Group is celebrating after winning Gold in the National Estate Agency of the Year category at the prestigious annual Estate Agency of the Year Awards, held in association with The Sunday Times and The Times. The national estate agency and property services group - which operates across a number of locally recognised branches including Barnard Marcus, Connells, William H Brown and Peter Alan - received the accolade on Friday 2nd December at the Hilton London Metropole Hotel which recognises the Group as "an exemplary business". The winners were presented with their awards by celebrated film and TV actor and Spandau Ballet bassist Martin Kemp, with renowned journalist, author and newsreader Penny Smith acting as compere.
The award judges report said that Connells Group is "respected in the industry.... [and] a great all-round company operating to a successful formula but always with one eye on innovation". The Group's commitment to its people was also highlighted with the judges commenting that "the board empowers their team.... [offering] a defined career path and rewards to retain the best people - they enjoy unrivalled retention." Excellence for customers was also congratulated with mystery shopping results deemed "excellent" and the "level of service offered great...aided by the contact centre and software". The panel was also "impressed with the number of new branches opening on the high street."
"We are very proud to have been awarded Gold and to be recognised as the number one estate agency group in the UK," says David Plumtree, Connells Group Estate Agency Chief Executive. "This accolade confirms our position as market leader and is testament to the dedication and hard work of our staff who constantly strive to provide an outstanding customer service and who ensure our success."
Award winners were decided following a rigorous and thorough judging process by a panel of industry experts who assessed initial entry submissions before conducting an extensive review of the entrants, which included telephone interviews and mystery shopping exercises. The whole of the judging process was overseen by The Property Ombudsman, Katrina Sporle, as Chairperson of Judges, alongside David Mackie, President of the NAEA who acted as Arbiter. Now in its thirteenth year as a dedicated competition, these awards have become widely recognised as the most prestigious and difficult to win.
This award follows Connells Group's success at the Lettings Agency of the Year Awards, held in association with The Sunday Times and The Times in June, picking up Gold in the National Lettings Agency of the Year category.