Manning Stainton have won a top industry award, making them the best of the best.
They clinched the coveted gold award at the Estate Agency of the Year Awards for the second year running.
The awards, which are run in association with The Sunday Times, were held in London and were presented by special guest, Olympian Rebecca Addlington, who won bronze medals in the women’s 400m and 800m freestyle events in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Manning Stainton won the Gold Medium Northern Estate Agency award, which they also won in 2011.
Managing director Russell Manning said: “We’re delighted to win again. It is a fantastic achievement and is testament to the dedication and hard work of our team of property professionals.
“It really is great news for us and a reflection of all our hard work and dedication to high standards.”
The awards ceremony was the culminating event of a rigorous and thorough judging process carried out by a panel of industry experts who assessed initial entry submissions before conducting an extensive review of the entrants which included hundreds of telephone interviews and mystery shopping exercises. The whole judging process was overseen by The Property Ombudsman; Christopher Hamer.
The awards have become increasingly competitive with the standard of entries rising ever higher than ever before.
Now in its 10th year, the awards are firmly established as the most sought-after and difficult to win in estate agency.
Over 5,000 offices were represented this year but only the very best of the best were crowned as winners.
The judges report stated: “This is an agency which has impressed once again in this category as an extremely professional business which has a tremendous sense of community.”
Peter Knight, chairman of the event organisers Estate Agency Events, said: “When we set up the awards ten years ago our goal was to encourage, identify, highlight, reward and promote best practice in Estate Agency - a decade on we now have a competition that is without question the most sought after prize in the industry as well as being the longest established.
“Each year the quality and quantity of entries considerably increases and the winners can be very proud in the knowledge that they have beaten some seriously good competitors.”