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December 2008 / January 2009

We’ve 'gott' the Cup!

Cendant success for Pygott & Crone, while Romans are Masters...

LINCOLNSHIRE-based Pygott & Crone have been ‘crowned’ as Home Sale Network’s best independent estate agency for 2008.

The agency, with offices in Lincoln, Sleaford, Boston, Grantham, Grimsby and Spalding, were presented with the Network’s prestigious Cartus Cup at a glittering black tie awards dinner held at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in London.

The dinner was hosted by Zilpah Hartley, former host of the TV show A Place in the Sun and regular contributor to Ideal Home and Moneywise magazines and the 4homes website. Pygott & Crone also won the 2008 Live Home Conveyancing Award.

Meanwhile, the Network’s ‘champion of champions’ prize – the Masters Cup, open only to previous winners of the Cartus Cup — went to Berkshire, Surrey and North Hampshire-based agents, Romans.

Pygott & Crone - Cedant Cup Winners 2008

Pygott & Crone celebrate their Cendant Cup success. Partner Nathan Emerson is holding the trophy.

They in fact completed a hat-trick of honours as they also won the Quality Supplier Award and a Referral Award.

A total of 13 awards were presented with the other winners in- cluding Hilton King & Locke of Buckinghamshire, who took the Best Newcomer prize and Petty of Burnley, who won the Network PR/Marketing award.

East Anglia and Essex won the prize for the Best Network Region, while Hilton King & Locke also won a Referral Award and the others went to Webbers of the Westcountry, Westbrookes of Nottingham, Heritage of the Bristol and North Somerset area and Atkinson & Keen of Berkshire.

The awards dinner was the culmination of the Network’s 15th annual conference, at which keynote speakers included Graeme Leach, chief economist of the Institute of Directors, and David A Smith, joint chief executive of Global Futures and Foresight.

The conference was hosted by the BBC’s renowned business editor Robert Peston.

As well as four masterclasses on lettings, estate agency training, mortgages and marketing there was an ‘Ask the Experts’ session giving delegates an opportunity to debate a wide range of business, market and industry issues.

It was hosted by Robert Peston and the panellists included Dale Norton from Romans, David Pank from Manning Stainton, Julian O’Dell from TM Training and Development and Graeme Leach.

The Network also presented both its Regional and National Referral Prize Draws, in their third successful year, to members who had sent network referrals from July 1 to October 31.

A winner from each Network region was presented with a £1,000 cheque and one lucky winner, Helen Parsons from East Yorkshire agency Chris Clubley won the top prize — a brand new Mini Cooper convertible.

In conjunction with the conference which was sponsored by Live, Ravensworth, Mortgage Advice Bureau, PropertyIndex.com and Email4Property, delegates were given an opportunity during breaks to visit the trade exhibition, featuring companies from every area of estate agency.

During the conference and black tie awards dinner, Network members gave generously to the charity raffle, raising much needed funds for Help for Heroes.

This worthy charity was founded to provide practical and direct support to the men and women of the UK’s armed forces wounded in service.

Help for Heroes funds are used to benefit the Army, Navy, including the Royal Marines and the Royal Air Force.

Richard Tucker, the Network’s managing director, said: “This year’s conference agenda of speakers, masterclasses, panel session and trade exhibition provided delegates with a valuable opportunity in the current business climate to share ideas, network and meet the industry’s key providers.

“The standard of all our Award winners was extremely high and is a clear reflection of the quality of Home Sale Network members.”