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Awards categories

The Awards Categories below show all the Awards. They fall under five group headings: General Awards, Regional Agency Awards, Supplier Awards and Agency of the Year Awards, with a final special category for Lifetime Achievement Award.

Good luck!

A few notes of help
Click on each Category to reveal the Judging Criteria of each Award. You must cover each and every point, in no more than 500 words for each of the five criteria. You will be able to upload documents in support of each answer – photos, graphs, illustrations – and the fifth criteria gives you freedom to really express yourself and convince the judges that you are the best!

Click on the ENTER HERE button to go to the entry page for each Group.

Please read the notes under the ‘How to enter’ tab before you begin your entry. If you have any questions, email us at enter@thenegotiatorawards.co.uk


General Awards

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Rising Star of the Year

For individual property professionals (not companies) working in agencies, management companies and auction services. It identifies a special individual – a potential industry leader; who demonstrates enthusiasm, innovation, implementation and leadership qualities.

Open only to individuals born since 1st January 1988. The judges look for someone who, for their age, has been exceptionally successful. Enter this category yourself. Detail your career to date, key milestones and why you are an industry name to watch.

1) Tell us about yourself: age, where you live, your background, education, qualifications etc.
2) Tell us about your key strengths, career to date and ambitions for the future.
3) Tell us your views on the opportunities, risks and rewards in the current property market.
4) Tell us your views on the future of property agency.
5) Tell us about anything else which you feel will help you to win this Award.

Community Champion of the Year

Open to all agencies, auction houses and management companies. This award celebrates corporate and social responsibility in the community, by a small business supporting schools, clubs, charities etc., through to a larger organisation with a major programme of engagement. The judges look for a lasting commitment and team involvement and action.

1) Tell us why community engagement is important to you and your team.
2) Tell us how you plan your strategy and activities.
3) Tell us what you have done to support your community to date and how it has impacted your agency.
4) Tell us about your plans for 2018 and beyond.
5) Tell us about anything else which you feel will help you to win this Award.

Marketing Campaign of the Year

Open to agencies, management companies and auction houses. This award recognises a successful marketing campaign in the past year (Since April 2017). The judges look for details of your campaign(s), objectives, creation and implementation and how you measured success. Include facts and figures and illustration.

1) Tell us about your agency and how important marketing is to the business.
2) Tell us how you formulate your ideas and plans for marketing.
3) Tell us about your campaign(s) in the last 12 months.
4) Tell us about the campaign(s) success and your conclusions.
5) Tell us about anything else which you feel will help you to win this Award.

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Website of the Year
Open to agencies, management companies and auction houses. The judges look for excellence and innovation in your website’s appearance, functionality, efficiency, mobility and ease of use. Your website builder should contribute to your entry, explaining technical aspects such as SEO, speed, flexibility.

1) Tell us about your reasons for creating a new website.
2) Tell us what you wanted to achieve in the new website.
3) Tell us what is innovative and special about it.
4) Tell us how your business has grown since you launched this website.
5) Tell us about anything else which you feel will help you to win this Award.

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Employer of the Year

Entries may be made by directors or staff who believe that their organisation offers real opportunities, training, support and recognition; fair remuneration and benefits – and a great place to work.
Provide details such as: staff long service, recruitment strategy, professional development, mentoring, culture, social calendar, incentives and rewards.

1) Tell us about your business – offices, staff numbers, areas of operation etc.
2) Tell us what you do that makes you the best employer.
3) Tell us how you incentivise and reward your staff.
4) Tell us what your staff members think about the company.
5) Tell us about anything else which you feel will help you to win this Award.

New Agency of the Year

Open to sales/lettings agency or property management company – independent or part of a franchise/network etc., launched since 1st January 2016. Provide an overview of the launch, including details of funding, business strategy and growth to date.

1) Tell us about your background and why you decided to open a new agency.
2) Tell us what makes your agency truly different from the traditional model.
3) Tell us about your growth and success to date – e.g. properties let or sold, staffing, local recognition etc.
4) Tell us about your plans for future growth and development.
5) Tell us about anything else which you feel will help you to win this Award.

Residential Auction Service of the Year

Open to auction houses, independent or franchise/network operating regular live auctions for residential property, at a venue and/or online. Demonstrate growth, innovation and service and include five testimonials from agent clients to support the entry.

1) Tell us about your company’s background, growth and development to date.
2) Tell us about your team and how you work together to build new business.
3) Tell us about your services and your clients/agency partners.
4) Tell us about your plans for growth and development of your services.
5) Tell us about anything else which you feel will help you to win this Award.

Property Management Department of the Year

Open to any residential property management department within an agency. The category covers lettings management departments, block management departments and groups’ management divisions within a lettings agency business.

1) Tell us about your department and how it works within the agency business.
2) Tell us about your systems and innovations and improvements within your department.
3) Tell us about your staff, how you recruit, train and reward them.
4) Tell us about your plans for growth.
5) Tell us about anything else which you feel will help you to win this Award.

Property Management Company of the Year

Open to any standalone residential property management company. The category covers property management and block management operations that are not directly connected to an estate or lettings agency.

1) Tell us about your company’s history and the services that you offer.
2) Tell us about your clients and the developments under your management.
3) Tell us about staff recruitment, training and development.
4) Tell us why you are successful in this very competitive market
5) Tell us about anything else which you feel will help you to win this Award.

NEW - Land & New Homes Specialist of the Year

If you have a Land & New Homes section (single person or a whole department) this award could be yours. As more agents recognise the opportunities offered in this sector, we’re looking for a team or an individual that is successfully sourcing land, planning development and selling the final product – the homes.

1) Tell us about your company’s history, development and the services that you offer.
2) Tell us about your developer/builder clients.
3) Tell us about your involvement in the sale of the final developments.
4) Tell us how you believe your business will grow in the future.
5) Tell us about anything else which you feel will help you to win this Award.


Supplier Awards

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Do you deliver more than you promise? Do your products and services make agents’ businesses fly? Is your technology way ahead of the crowd? Can you demonstrate innovation, quality, service and customer satisfaction? Entries must be supported by five client testimonials.

Suppliers may enter up to four categories providing the product or service for each entry is different, eg a company may build apps and supply a general agency management software platform, therefore could enter two categories: Technology – Apps and Agency Software.

NEW -Supplier of the Year: Technology – Apps

Open to companies using innovative technologies creating and supplying apps to add to an agency’s management software systems to address/improve particular processes and situations.

1) Tell us about your company’s development, structure and products/services.
2) Tell us about your clients and supply five testimonials from them.
3) Tell us about your most important and successful apps/innovations.
4) Tell us about your views on Proptech in the future.
5) Tell us about anything else which you feel will help you to win this Award.

NEW - Supplier of the Year: Technology – Agency Software

Open to companies providing full agency management software, (lettings sales, or both) bespoke systems or Software As A Service platforms. Entrants should demonstrate user-friendliness, scaleability, flexibility, cost-effectiveness and quality of support. The entry should be supported by five testimonials from agent clients.

1) Tell us about your company’s development and products/services.
2) Tell us about your clients and supply five testimonials from them.
3) Tell us about your most important and software developments.
4) Tell us about your most popular product or service and why it is so successful.
5) Tell us about anything else which you feel will help you to win this Award.

Supplier of the Year: Services and Products

Open to companies providing, for example: shopfitting, signage, furnishings, utilities, print and design, marketing and PR services, etc.

1) Tell us about your company’s development and products/services.
2) Tell us about your clients and supply five testimonials from them.
3) Tell us about your most popular product or service and why it is so successful.
4) Tell us about your plans for the future development of your company.
5) Tell us about anything else which you feel will help you to win this Award.

Supplier of the Year: Professional Support

Open to companies providing, for example: legal services, financial, consulting, mortgages, conveyancing, insurance, deposits, ombudsman services, dispute resolution etc.

1) Tell us about your company’s development and products/services.
2) Tell us about your clients and supply five testimonials from them.
3) Tell us about your most important and successful services/innovations.
4) Tell us about the future development of your company.
5) Tell us about anything else which you feel will help you to win this Award.

 


Regional Agency Awards

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Are you the best in your region? Demonstrate your standing in your geographical locality, offering superb customer service, innovation, business growth and development opportunities for your staff.

1) Tell us about your agency’s history and development to date.
2) Tell us about your innovation, specialisms, services and your clients.
3) Tell us why and how you lead the market in your region.
4) Tell us about your plans for growth.
5) Tell us about anything else which you feel will help you to win this Award.

The map here shows where the regional boundaries lie – just click to view. Areas covered are also detailed if you click on the Category.

Regional agency: North East & North West

Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, County Durham, Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesborough, Redcar & Cleveland, Stockton-on-Tees, Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Merseyside.

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Regional agency: Yorkshire and The Humber

South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, East Riding, York, North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire.

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Regional agency: East Midlands & West Midlands

Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Rutland, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, West Midlands, Warwickshire.

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Regional agency: East of England

Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire.

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Regional agency: London

You must have a branch or branches within one of the 32 London boroughs, or the City of London, to qualify.

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Regional agency: South East

Kent, East Sussex, West Sussex, Isle of Wight, Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Surrey.

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Regional agency: South West

Gloucestershire, Somerset, Bristol and Bath, Dorset, Wiltshire, Devon, Cornwall.

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Regional agency: Scotland

You must have a branch or branches within the border of Scotland to qualify.

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Regional agency: Wales

You must have a branch or branches within the border of Wales to qualify.

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Regional agency: Northern Ireland

You must have a branch or branches within the border of Northern Ireland to qualify.

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Agency of the Year Awards

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NEW - Hybrid Agency of the Year

Open to all businesses that offer both a traditional no-sale-no-fee option alongside a more limited upfront payment option through their branch(es). What makes this the future-proofed business and how well do you do it? Entrants need to demonstrate to the judges exactly how their hybrid model works.

1) Tell us about your agency’s history and development to date.
2) Tell us about the services you offer – traditional and online.
3) Tell us why you believe that your hybrid business model is the best in this market.
4) Tell us about your development plans for the future.
5) Tell us about anything else which you feel will help you to win this Award.

NEW - Single Branch Lettings Agency of the Year

The first office of a new agency with great plans – or a well established local single office lettings business. What have you already achieved and what are your goals? How do you make your business compete with larger agencies – and win the business?

1) Tell us about your agency’s history and development to date.
2) Tell us your innovations, plans and goals for the future.
3) Tell us how you manage and develop your team.
4) Tell us why your customers choose you – and supply three testimonials.
5) Tell us about anything else which you feel will help you to win this Award.

Lettings Agency of the Year (2-5 branches)

Independent owner/director-run agencies can win the long-term loyalty of clients, with the personal touch, local knowledge and involvement. The judges look for a first class agency that really stands out in their town.

1) Tell us about your agency’s history and development to date.
2) Tell us your innovations, plans and goals for the future.
3) Tell us about professional training and development of your staff.
4) Tell us why your customers choose you – and supply three testimonials.
5) Tell us about anything else which you feel will help you to win this Award.

Lettings Agency of the Year (6-9 branches)

With a larger business, economies of scale come into play and help agencies offer a broader range of properties and services, sharing information between the branches, having a larger well trained and experienced staff. The judges will be looking for a cohesive, successful business that serves its clients well, while consistently building business and developing its staff.

1) Tell us about your agency’s history and development to date.
2) Tell us how you attract and retain landlords and help them develop portfolios.
3) Tell us about managing larger portfolio landlords and your services that support them.
4) Tell us why your customers choose you – and supply three testimonials.
5) Tell us about anything else which you feel will help you (or your nominated colleague) to win this Award.

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Lettings Agency of the Year (10+ branches)

Large agencies, corporate groups or franchises operating under single or multiple brands may enter this category, either for one brand or the group as a whole, whether regional or national. This is your opportunity to demonstrate excellence on a larger scale.

1) Tell us about your agency’s history, coverage and development to date.
2) Tell us how your business has grown in strength and profitability through having multiple branches.
3) Tell us about managing larger portfolio landlords and your services that support them.
4) Tell us why your customers choose you – and supply three testimonials.
5) Tell us about anything else which you feel will help you to win this Award.

NEW - Single Branch Estate Agency of the Year

The first office of a new agency with great plans – or an established local single office sales business. What have you already achieved and what are your goals? How do you make your business compete with larger agencies – and win the business?

1) Tell us about your agency’s history and development to date.
2) Tell us about your innovations, plans and goals for the future.
3) Tell us about professional training and development of your staff.
4) Tell us why your customers choose you – and supply testimonials.
5) Tell us about anything else which you feel will help you to win this Award.

Estate Agency of the Year (2-5 branches)

Independent owner/director run agencies can win the long-term loyalty of clients, with the personal touch, local knowledge and involvement. The judges look for a first class agency that really stands out in their town.

1) Tell us about your agency’s history, coverage and development to date.
2) Tell us how your business has grown in strength and profitability through having multiple branches.
3) Tell us about your marketing activity in the press and through social media.
4) Tell us why your customers choose you – and supply three testimonials.
5) Tell us about anything else which you feel will help you to win this Award.

Estate Agency of the Year (6-9 branches)

With a larger business, economies of scale come into play and help agencies offer a broader range of properties and services, sharing information between the branches, having a larger well trained and experienced staff. The judges will be looking for a cohesive, successful business that serves its clients well, while consistently building business and developing its staff.

1) Tell us about your agency’s history, coverage and development to date.
2) Tell us how your business has grown in strength and profitability through having multiple branches.
3) Tell us about your range of services, e.g. Land & New Homes, mortgages, conveyancing etc.
4) Tell us why your customers choose you – and supply three testimonials.
5) Tell us about anything else which you feel will help you to win this Award.

Large Estate Agency of the Year (10+ branches)

Large agencies, corporate groups or franchises operating under single or multiple brands may enter this category, either for one brand or the group as a whole, whether regional or national. This is your opportunity to demonstrate excellence on a larger scale.

1) Tell us about your agency’s history, coverage and development to date.
2) Tell us how your business has grown in strength and profitability through having multiple branches.
3) Tell us about your acquisitions, new departments/services and future plans.
4) Tell us why your customers choose you – and supply three testimonials.
5) Tell us about anything else which you feel will help you to win this Award.


Lifetime Achievement Award

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Lifetime Achievement Award

How do some people get to the top of the tree? What does it take to build a business or a major department within a business? Commitment, leadership, skill, personality, empathy… the ability to develop junior staff into management roles… the vision to create new business initiatives… understanding and support… and the strength to push on when others may throw in the towel.
Do you know someone who has achieved great success and inspired others to join in creating that success? Nominate them to be a contender for The Negotiator Lifetime Achievement Award!

1) Tell us about the nominee – their name, company, position and career details as far as you know.
2) Tell us about your connection to the nominee.
3) Tell us why you believe your nominee is worthy of winning the Lifetime Achievement Award 2018.

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