Seymours has scooped the prestigious Mayor’s award at the annual Surrey Property Awards, which took place on 18 November at G Live in Guildford. The award win is Seymours’ fifth Surrey Property Award, having won a category every year since 2011.
The independent estate agent, which first opened its doors in 1992 and has since grown into an agency spanning 15 offices, received the award in recognition for its community outreach programme over the last 12 months and, most notably, its Christmas card design campaign.
The campaign, which launched in November 2014, called for those aged 15 and under to design the front cover of its 2014 Christmas card on A4 paper and hand it in to their nearest office. One entrant had the chance to win an iPad for themselves and £1,000 for their school to invest in equipment.
Whilst the premise of the campaign was to engage a youthful audience in a fun and meaningful way, it enabled the winning school, Tillingbourne Junior School, to use the £1,000 to invest in a piece of mosaic art this summer, as created by the pupils over the course of an entire day. The mosaic, which is 1m in diameter, now sits proudly at the entrance to the school and will remain in place for decades from now.
Paul Rickard, Director at Seymours in Guildford, accepted the award from the Mayor – Councillor Nikki Nelson-Smith. On receiving the award he comments: “We’re delighted to have won The Mayor’s Award, not only because it represents our fifth consecutive annual award win but also because it acknowledges the lengths that we go to in order to make Seymours more than just an estate agent, but a key member of the communities we serve. We now look forward to developing our community engagement programme in the New Year.”
The annual event, which celebrates best practice in Surrey’s dynamic property industry, welcomed hundreds of guests from across the county, many of which were vying for an award and to be recognised for their contribution to the sector. The guest presenter for this year’s awards was English broadcaster John Inverdale.
The Mayor’s Award was judged on any outstanding contribution a Surrey property company had made between June 2014 and October 2015 and specifically looked for evidence of school partnerships, charity work and involvement in a community build project.