November is an important month for landlords, letting agents and all associated private rented sector professionals.
Not only is it their last chance to access the advice, information and great industry deals at the final Landlord & Letting Show of the year but it’s also their opportunity to shine at the annual Landlord & Letting Awards.
Both events take place at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire. The show is open from 10am to 5pm on the 27th and 28th November, whilst the Awards ceremony takes place on the evening of the 27th.
Oliver Romain, managing director of AEP Media who organise both events, commented: “it’s a great way to end the year. Our Midlands show is always extremely popular because of its central location and, with the holidays approaching everyone is in a party mood, so it’s also the prime opportunity to celebrate industry achievements.”
The Show offers visitors access to everything they need to help them succeed. There’s a comprehensive exhibition of products and services from leading industry suppliers, who deliver everything from furniture to finance and insurance to inventory management.
In addition, the show offers over 30 free to attend seminars, covering a wide range of subjects focusing on industry hot topics, recent developments and top tips for success.
Romain says: “the fact that our shows have been in existence and highly successful for over 7 years is testament to the fact that we’ve implemented a winning formula. This is the only place that landlords, agents and all others involved in the sector can not only get access to advice and information from Associations, Government bodies and industry professionals, but can also shop around, comparing the latest products and services.”
“We also like to remind people that the show isn’t just about the exhibition and free seminars. A lot can be gleaned from talking to others, so we encourage visitors to spend some time networking with fellow industry professionals: who knows what they may learn.”
To find out more about the show and to book free tickets, visit www.landlordshow.info
After the first of what will undoubtedly be a busy couple of days of receiving and dishing out advice and information at the Landlord & Letting Show, many of the visitors and exhibitors will be donning their glad rags and heading to the 2013/14 Landlord & Letting Awards with baited breath in anticipation as to whether they have won one of the coveted awards.
Launched in 2009, the Landlord & Letting Awards aim to recognise and reward achievements in the sector.
Romain comments: the media are always quick to publish bad press on the sector, so we thought it was about time we restored the balance and proved there is a lot of good to shout about too. And there certainly is lot for the industry to be proud of: it never fails to astound me how each year we see a more phenomenal response that the one before.
“For 2013/14, the judges introduced more stringent entry criteria, but that still hasn’t deterred people. Finalists and winners from previous years have found the accolade to be of great benefit to their business, which shows why people keep pulling out all the stops to try and win their category.”
Sandra Widdrington, owner of Jigsaw Lettings, winner of last year’s Agent Award for Yorkshire & the Humber, said: “Winning these awards has increased our business within the local area tenfold, as it really proves to our current and new clients that we are trustworthy and credible agents.”
Fellow 2012/13 Letting Agent Award winner Steve Gaskell, manager of North West based Casa Lettings, concurs on the benefits the Awards can bring: “Winning has greatly benefited us when meeting prospective landlords; they seem to recognise the importance of the award and choose us above our competition. It shows that we stand out within the lettings industry and clearly demonstrates that we are providing quality services to Landlords and Tenants”.
In addition to helping companies secure new business, Mary Latham, chair of the Midlands based Homestamp Consortium, believes that an award win is “a ‘seal of approval’ to help us progress our initiatives.”
As the evening approaches, the judges face the difficult task of choosing the winners, details of whom will be kept tightly under wraps until the ceremony. This year’s judging panel comprises: Alan Ward, chairman of the Residential Landlords Association (RLA); Peter Littlewood, director, Southern Landlords Association (SLA); Ian Potter, operations manager for the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA); Marie Parris, property consultant and founder of George Ellis Property Services and Tom Entwistle, founder and editor of LandlordZONE.
If you want to attend the gala dinner to celebrate with the stars of the industry, there are just a few seats remaining. Visit the website at www.landlordawards.co.uk, where you can book free tickets and view the 2013/14 finalist list.