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8th December – Agents Giving Ball

The fourth annual Agents Giving Charity Ball took place on 8th December 2017 at The Royal Lancaster Hotel London sponsored by Goodlord. Strictly Agents Dancing returned with a whole new line up with fifteen of the industry’s most courageous dancers with their professional couples with one aim – to win the Agents Giving Glitter Ball Trophy.

Sponsored by Goodlord. Also supported by Touchright

The 2017 Strictly Agents Dancing winner was Jane Gardner and her partner Chris from JP Gardner & Associates.

The Fundraising Champions of 2016/17 were announced with awards being presented in six fundraising categories. See who won here.

Photographs

Photographs from the event are availabe to view and purchase here.


A note from our Chariman Peter Knight:

“There are so many people who contributed to the Agents Giving Ball and I’d like to highlight these special three: Goodlord for their sponsorship, Touchright for their support and Reapit for their incredible generosity.

Additionally, the dancers were amazing – the fifteen of you trained so hard, as was evidenced by the excellent performances, plus each of you raised a minimum of £1,500, some much more – incredible.

Then there were all of you who donated auction prizes – Gary Barker, Michael Stoop, David Newnes, Sim Sekhon, Richard Palfreeman and Kathryn Rainbird-Clarke – so generous, thank you.

And perhaps above all, the Fundraising Champions of 2017 and all those who helped raise over £1million in the last 12 months. Your contribution to your communities, local and national charities and consequently your industry is remarkable and makes me, for one, incredibly proud to be associated with estate agency.”


Our Sponsors:

Goodlord:

Goodlord is a rental transaction platform built by agents for UK letting agents, and the only company that specialises in serving and reinventing the lettings market. Our platform standardises and streamlines the lettings process, enabling agents to save time and spend while providing better, fairer service to end users.

 

Touchright Software:

Spending too much time creating property reports? Award-winning TouchRight Software allows you to do more than just create great-looking professional reports! Integrate with Fixflo and Qube, share with contractors and much more. Hundreds of customers are working smarter, saving up to 50% time, and adding more value to their management fees. More exciting API connections coming in 2017!


A word from our 2017 dancers:

Allison Barfoot
Do I want to dance on Strictly Agents Dancing? Well the answer is obviously yes as I love to dance! I am thrilled to be given the chance to learn the moves, put on some sparkles and raise money for charity. I had both of my hips replaced last year so will be avoiding dances with feet above the head! I think my surgeon would have a heart attack. I am up for a dance challenge and hope that my dance partner is strong enough not to drop me!

I am the Lettings Manager at Woolley & Wallis in the hilltop town of Shaftesbury, Dorset. I have been with the company for 6 years and have recently been made an Associate. The office I work in is like a family and everyone is getting pretty excited about the Strictly Agents Dancing Competition! Before working in the property industry, I ran my own riding school, training horses and riders. I still ride so it will be great to swap jodhpurs for sequins!


Emelie Braneby
Emelie joined Victorstone in 2016 having relocated to the UK from Sweden the previous year. Emelie has a background in public-facing roles and is known for her client-focused approach to working with both tenants and landlords.

She enjoys travelling and eating out, and always looks forward to spending time with her younger sister when visiting from Sweden. A big advocate of Spitalfields Market, Emelie has become Victorstone’s local expert on where to eat the best lunches in Shoreditch.


Jane Gardner
This year’s ‘old bird’ Jane has been in the agency business since the 80s and sold her multi award winning lettings agency ‘Sewell & Gardner’ to Countrywide in 2014.

Jane now runs a digital marketing and estate agency consultancy and has signed up for Strictly Agents Dancing to prove that she ‘still has it’ after a few years with a spine injury. So, despite the fact that she often falls down when the leg numbness kicks in, she is determined to get through 90 minutes of strenuous dance without the need for ‘a hand up’ or an inhaler pump! Can those pain riddled snake hips re-emerge from the shadows, we ask? It’ll be fun finding out.


Matt Fosberry
I’m a Software Developer, a career where people are not usually known for their dancing! I’ve been at Fixflo almost a year, and it was heavily “recommended” that I do this. I’m looking forward to learning some proper dance moves and to raise money for such a good cause!


Matthew Lester
Having seen John Sargent many years ago dragging his professional dancer across the floor like a sack of potatoes, I have always quietly felt I could do better – well, a little better! However I never thought I would actually ‘strut my stuff’ for an audience. As my wife Maxine won the competition last year I thought I could sit back and bathe in her reflected glory – but no. I was badgered and nagged by the whole team to take part – after all, it is for charity!

So now is my chance – gulp! I am hoping the team at Wright Rhythm can work some magic on the raw material that is me! I am assuming that I will not need a rubber ring to enhance my dance style (no names mentioned!) and I have reconciled myself to the inevitable glitter, plus the prospect of the compulsory chest waxing.

So why am I putting myself up for such humiliation. Last year Maxine raised over £4k for Agents Giving and the team had a great evening (apart from the fact that my better half won!). I can’t think of a better way to raise some much needed cash for people who really need it.


Oliver Sanhaji
Once a budding actor, when a stage calls my name, I can’t resist feeling the raised heartbeat before going on. A dance stage is something new though and I always love a new challenge! Estate agency became one of my new challenges 2 years ago, while starting in a medium-sized agency in Dulwich and then moving on to an independent Tower Bridge estate agent, Anderson Rose (founded by 2016 Strictly Agents Dancing star Jon Byers). While enjoying being in the thick of it, I always hope to have the same connection with customers as I used to with the audience. I think this is a fantastic opportunity for a great cause to try my luck in dance!


Peter Fenwick
Peter is 44 and has been the sales manager for Reapit for the last 9 years and involved in the property industry since the early 1990’s. A married father of two young children. In his spare time he enjoys trying to keep fit, socialising and the odd beverage. As a proud South Londoner, during the winter months he can be found every other Saturday at Selhurst Park watching Crystal Palace.


Reagan Bradley
I am currently the Head of Property Management at Paramount in West Hampstead and after watching the terrific efforts of the Strictly Agents dancers last year I decided to throw my hat into the ring. I roped in my fellow team member Steve and together we are very much looking forward to a year of learning to dance!


Simon Bradbury
Simon Bradbury participated in the inaugural “Strictly Agents Dancing” event last year and enjoyed it so much that he was the first person to volunteer for this year’s event! Simon is a director at Thomas Morris Sales & Lettings who have 7 branches across Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. They also hold the licence for the high-end brand Fine & Country in the same region.

Simon, together with his fellow directors and management team, has helped Thomas Morris win over 60 regional, national and even international awards – 12 of them in 2016 alone.

Simon has always believed in innovation as a key driving force in estate agency and he is constantly seeking new ways of conducting business. He believes that technological innovation, combined with the essential ‘human touch’ , is the key to the future. He hosted the world’s first Virtual Open House in 2015 on the then new social network Periscope;
and even on the BBC news

Simon sits on the National Advisory Council for Relocation Agent Network and the I.T. and Marketing Committee for Fine & Country.

He has two mottos for life, both of which happen to be song titles…
I’ve Got A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts
And, perhaps more appropriately in view of the challenge he now faces…
Let’s Face The Music and Dance


Steven Wilson
Property manager by day, hip shaker by night. I’m looking forward to the challenge of learning to dance rather than my erratic movements on the weekend! Also raising some money for charity at my expense is all for the greater good. My colleagues seem to think I’ll be very good at this but I suppose we’ll have to wait and see…