Founded in 2006 by Angela Newark, the company is about to celebrate its tenth year of success within the lettings and estate agency market. From establishing the business, Angela sought to continually grow her lettings agency, therefore when she had the prospect of acquiring Village Estates she saw an opportunity to grow the business even further and by doing this not only did their portfolio grow by 100% but the office also doubled in size.
This allowed for Angela, who began with only a small number of staff, to facilitate fifteen members of staff in five different dedicated departments including lettings, sales, property management, accounts and inventory. The turning point, Angela believes, was being awarded with the ‘Best Lettings Agent’ in 2012 for Yorkshire and The Humber at the ESTA (Estate Agent of the Year) Awards, recognising the excellent standard of customer service they delivered throughout the year. This gave Angela and her staff the confidence they needed to further increase their foothold in the lettings market.
The business has matured through the workforce who are hardworking, enthusiastic and 100% committed to the success of Martin & Co Saltaire. They have shaped the development and ethos of the company with some who have been with the business since day one. Further achievements were recognised in 2015 at the awards ceremony for The Property Franchise Group; the largest and most successful property franchise in the UK, with over 300 franchises attending the days’ presentations, dinner and awards ceremony, Martin & Co Saltaire was honoured to have been awarded with one of the top awards of the night; The Fastest Growing Office in the network for 2015.
The business grew even further in 2012 with the addition of the estate agency sales department to complement the lettings, after realisation that there was a need to serve all areas of the property market. With sales staff who have over 45 years’ experience within the property and home improvement industry, this has given the sales department the tools to mature within an extremely competitive market. Trading within a World Heritage Building in Saltaire allows Martin & Co to be a local agent with expert local knowledge and a national reputation.
Over the last year, the Martin & Co sales division has increased their market share by 7.69% in comparison to this time last year , with the aim of applying the same level of service, expertise and knowledge as there is in the more established lettings department. There has been a dramatic increase in the sales portfolio and new listings over the last 4 years, they promote themselves on being able to sell apartments at £50,000 to 6 bedroom houses for £500,000, whilst providing the same level of service and dedication to every property. They have recently appointed a new sales manager, Martin Warburton, who brings previous managerial and property sales experience.
His appointment brings anticipation of progressing the sales department further with Angela feeling confident that this is the key to moving the business forward.
The lettings department continues to grow successfully, now managing nearly 600 properties within the Bradford district with the hope of growing even further in the future, they offer a high level of customer service and a commitment to doing things right which has ensured the success of this department over the last 10 years. When asked what her future plans for the business were Angela stated “more, more, more”, one of her main aims for the future is to purchase an additional Martin & Co franchise and to continue to promote the estate agency department, with the purpose of developing the sales division to a similar magnitude and scope as the lettings department.
The future is extremely bright for Martin & Co Saltaire!
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