Hello - it’s that time of the week again when we celebrate the agency industry’s fantastic fund-raising.
We were delighted that our Agents Do Charity feature every Friday was mentioned as one of the elements of Estate Agent Today that contributed to it winning the title of Trade Magazine of the Year at this month’s Property Press Awards - so thanks to all those who contribute to this feature for making it such a success.
Please let us know what’s happening by emailing us on firstname.lastname@example.org and letting us tell the industry what great work you’re doing. And if you can send some photos too, all the better.
Now, on with the posh frocks and the smart suits, we’re first of all off to a lunch…
Norwood Property Lunch: The award winning and well respected buying agency Black Brick is supporting one of the leading fundraising events of the year – the 20th Norwood Property Lunch.
Black Brick managing partner Camilla Dell has been on the committee for the lunch for last four years and this will be the agency’s sixth year supporting the charity.
Taking place in Central London next Friday, June 7, the annual event plays host to some of the most influential property experts, developers, estate agents, influencers and professionals, who attend to show their support for Norwood.
Savills, Derwent London and Dwyer Property are amongst the sponsors, while attendees will enjoy the networking opportunities, awards and a live auction with some fabulous prizes up for grabs.
Those who have already secured their table include, private banking giants Kleinwort Hambros and Credit Suisse, private client law firms Mischon de Reya, Harbottle and Lewis and Maurice Turnor Gardner, The Office Group, City and Docklands Property Group, Regal Group, Aston Chase and Galliard Homes to name but a few.
“This is the chance to network with all the movers and shakers of the prime London residential and commercial property world. It’s a fantastic charity to be involved with and I am thoroughly looking forward to this year, not least because we have Michael Gove MP guest speaking which will be fascinating given the current political climate” explains Camilla.
Norwood is the largest Jewish charity in the UK supporting vulnerable children and their families, children with special educational needs and people with learning disabilities. Founded in 1795, Norwood is one of the UK’s oldest charities and the only Jewish charity to enjoy the Patronage of Her Majesty The Queen.
Women In Business: Beresfords property Group recently hosted their first ever Women In Business event in Chelmsford.
The occasion was to champion local career woman and provide an entertaining and laid back evening of shopping, beauty and networking. Retail giant John Lewis provided space in their Chelmsford store and helped to coordinate a stylish fashion showcase.
Make up stations such as MAC, Charlotte, Tilbury and Tom Ford were on hand to offer mini makeovers/ beauty tips and transformations for attendees.
Senior marketing manager for Beresfords Group, Nicki Treffers says: “The event was a huge success. It was fantastic to have so many successful and driven woman in one room. Guests were able to network whilst enjoying canapés and drinks courtesy of Waitrose. There was an exciting prize giveaway of £100 voucher hidden amongst the Beresfords goody bags, as well as a fantastic raffle all courtesy of John Lewis.
“Grange Group Bentley Chelmsford helped add some glamour and sophistication by displaying a stunning Bentley GTC, which the girls were queuing up to be photographed in!
“The event was a first for us, and something we would certainly like to do again. The feedback has been really positive, with many people making new and worthwhile likeminded connections’’
Agents Giving: They came, they conquered…and they got splattered.
The Agents Giving Love Mud challenge powered by multi award winning Nuclear Races and supported by Estate Agent Today was the biggest and best race ever with the most challenging obstacles to date.
The Agents Giving teams smashed the course and nailed the epic Death Slide to reach the finish line to collect their survivor medals.
The atmosphere was electric and everyone at Agents Giving, Estate Agent Today and the rest of the sponsors and supporters thank all the participants and the spectators who came along to cheer on the teams.
This Nuclear Rush event saw agents and suppliers going head to head to race and complete obstacles on the 7km course in a secret bunker estate in Brentwood, Essex. Paramount diverted off to tackle the 12k course so well done to them.
The spectators were also challenged to stay on a tractor trailer shuttle ride to the key viewing area of the Lake Zone to witness their teams in action and returned shaken to continue following the teams by foot and to witness further obstacle challenges which involved them also getting muddy and wet.
Agents Giving sends its thanks to all the teams - Angels Media, Northfields, Thomas Morris, Absolute Properties, Northfields, Paramount, Eurolink, Drivers & Norris, Anthony Pepe, Ask Porter, Base Property, Keller Williams UK, Cluttons, Dataloft, The Depository and Loop Software. The fastest teams on the day were Eurolink, Thomas Morris Estate Agents and Drivers & Norris. The Eurolink Rookies did a stunning job and completed their muddy course in under an hour.
And Agents Giving chairman Michael Stoop adds: “We saw a superb effort from industry team’s coming forward for this year’s very muddy Love Mud Challenge. It demanded top teamwork to overcome the race obstacles on the day and we witnessed true team spirit from everyone involved who did a marvellous job supporting and fundraising for Agents Giving. All teams should be very proud of what they have achieved.
Mental Health Awareness Week: SDL Group put a spotlight on mental health during Mental Health Awareness Week to get its people talking about the important issue.
The company, had a full week of activities planned to educate all of its people to be mindful about their own mental health as well as helping their colleagues too.
The week got off to a flying start as posters showcasing a variety of facts and symptoms of poor mental health were put up all around SDL Group central offices, in both Nottinghamshire and Birmingham, where employees were urged to ‘Spot the Symptoms’.
This was followed with ‘Tips to Take Care of Yourself’, where a video was created by the company internally and showcased throughout the day in the company’s canteen – you can watch it here.
Mid-way through the week, SDL Group hosted an ‘I Got Out of Bed Today’ event, where their people were encouraged to come dressed in their pyjamas to highlight the challenges those with mental health issues can face on a daily basis. Those who took part donated money to Mind.
Helen Ellis, SDL Group director of people, comments: “We wanted to get as many people as possible talking about to about their mental health. Just like physical health, we all have mental health, and it is vital we look after it. The activities we have done during Mental Health Awareness Week are just the start of our future plans to support our people with their mental health, and we are currently looking of ways to make it better for everyone.”