15th Dec, 2016
Here at Applegate Properties, 2016 has been a whirlwind of a year. In fact, we don’t know where it’s gone! We’ve had another record breaking year, with lots of fun in between! From fundraising for Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, to attending (and winning!) awards evenings.
So, to celebrate what’s been a corker of a year, we’ve put together our best bits...
New team members
We grew so rapidly in the first six months of the year, that we knew we needed to employ further staff to support our sales and lettings services.
So, our first recruit of the year happened in July, when we welcomed enthusiastic Chloe Byrne to our team, as our new lettings and sales administrator. Her vast knowledge of the local area has proven to be really beneficial – not only for clients, but for knowing the best places for a team outing too! Her bubbly personality and dance moves have kept the office entertained and the customers happy.
Our newest team member, Codie Woodhouse, joined us not much later in August, taking on the role of trainee customer service advisor. She wanted a change in career and that is what brought her to us; she hasn’t looked back since! Codie has continued to grow and develop as part of our team throughout 2016.
We’ve also been delighted to promote a dedicated and hardworking individual, Laura Simpson. Laura began working with us as an apprentice in 2014, and this year she completed her training. She had already become a part of the Applegate family, so we couldn’t let her go, and was given a full-time position with us on the lettings team. In fact, just last week she was promoted to senior lettings advisor – well done Laura!
We look forward to entering 2017 with all of our team members, and are excited to see what the new year will bring us – watch this space!
The Laura’s were doing it for team Applegate this year! Laura Joy Everitt was shortlisted for the ‘Lettings Negotiator of the Year’, at the Lettings Agency of the Year Awards. We were super pleased to announce that, although up against some tough competition, she impressively came 5th in the whole country!
Whilst Laura Simpson was completing her apprenticeship with us, she received an honour from Kirklees Apprenticeship Hub. The awards set out to acknowledge an individual’s progress within an organisation and a high level of personal achievement. So, it was no surprise to us Laura was awarded this accolade, due to her hard work and dedication to our company, helping us to become one of the fastest growing estate agents in HD9!
It was also an exciting time for us in July when we were shortlisted for the ‘emerging small-to-medium business’ category at the 2016 Forward Ladies Women in Business Awards! This was a real honour for our team because it celebrates the achievements of women and supports them in business, which is something we feel strongly about.
We also managed to scoop silver in this year’s Negotiator Awards! The judges said: “Applegate Properties has a fresh approach and attitude, along with a story of excellent growth” – something we wish to continue into 2017. In 2014 and 2015 we received bronze for this award, so fingers crossed that next year brings us the gold!
Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice is a charity we have continuously raised money for during 2016. We chose to support the hospice early on in the year because they look after over 185 local children with life shortening conditions and their families, throughout West Yorkshire.
In April, we were invited to their open day for the re-launch of their 99-ers club. This is a network of local business people who pay 99p per day, to support the running of the hospice. Our very own managing director Amy Wray and office manager Lisa Blackburn attended this event, which allowed them to gain an eye-opening understanding of the charity. Following this, we became the 99th company to become 99ers!
It didn’t stop there though. We decided to spread the cheer at the hospice, and get the children involved in our Halloween pumpkin carving competition. Amy, Gwen Kaye, our lettings account manager, and Laura Simpson went along to join in the fun with the eleven families who were invited to take part. We had raised £4,000 in our rounder’s tournament the previous month, so this event wasn’t about us collecting funds for the hospice, but to put a smile on the children’s faces – which we successfully did!
Ahead of the festive period this December, Amy also went for a stroll around Holmfirth, wearing her onesie! It was in aid of raising money to give the children some Christmas gifts at Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice. Our final efforts of 2016 paid off as we raised £700 in total!
It’s safe to say that we’ve had a brilliant year, jam-packed with delighted clients, lots of office fun and of course, hard graft.
We’re hoping those themes will carry on into 2017 – but in the meantime, we promise we’ll enjoy our few days off at Christmas!
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