Savills is delighted to be the headline sponsor for the First Time Buyer Reader’s Awards 2020.
Savills is one of the world’s leading property agents employing more than 35,000 people in over 60 countries globally. Savills London New Homes Team alone has more than 230 people working across 24 teams, dedicated to helping you find your new home.
Our knowledge, research and contacts allow us to help you find your new first home, wherever it may be. Our sales team is highly efficient, friendly and has all the expertise that you will need to make buying your first home as smooth and straightforward as possible.
Private Developer of the Year
Sponsored by The Oracle Group
The Oracle Group is the fun-loving, hard-working, creative-thinking, promise-keeping, budget- saving, client-pleasing, content-creating, challenge-beating, award-winning, copy-writing, social-media-bombarding, brand-designing, event-making, reputation-building, PRWeek Top 150-ranking, marketing and communications group… and the only agency to be crowned one of the ‘Best Places to Work in Property’ by Property Week.
Affordable Housing Provider of the Year
Sponsored by The Media People
The Media People – where traditional and digital media work together
We are digital experts combined with decades of traditional media buying power using specialist technology to dig deeper, plan better and work smarter.
Our vision is to be a brave business and develop distinctive impactful campaigns.
We are the market leaders at planning and buying media across the sector, and we take a very different approach – we think audience-first, not channel – to understand not only where your customers are but who they are.
We are about people chemistry, driven by insight and knowledge and underpinned by hard work and delivery.
Online. Offline. We are your people.
Best Small Development
Sponsored by Direction Law
By offering excellent service in specific areas, Direction Law delivers specialist advice from expert solicitors and practitioners in their field. We do not want to be all things to all men, which is why there are no “jack of all trades” here. Instead we employ well respected professionals with a deep understanding of their specialism, but who are also friendly, approachable and always at hand to discuss cases in an easy to understand manner. Perhaps best known for our involvement in New Build and Affordable Housing conveyancing, the firm is also highly regarded in other areas, and is able to provide support and expertise to clients in a number of fields. Each department is headed by a lawyer with a specialisation in their respective field so that clients can be assured they will always be getting the best advice and representation. By adopting a listening, approachable and sympathetic manner we ensure that our client’s requirements become our priority.
Best Large Development
Sponsored by LSL
As one of the UK’s leading new homes experts, LSL Land & New Homes provides a complete range of new homes services from land sales and acquisitions through to sales and marketing support. Our dedicated new homes team provide friendly, professional advice at all stages of the development process to create a bespoke, cost effective solution and add value to your business. We also benefit from the services of our wider group which can be accessed individually or utilised to create a ‘one stop shop’ for you and your customers:
• Our nationwide estate agency network of 530+ high street branches which includes Your Move, Reeds Rains, Intercounty and JNP.
• Part exchange/assisted move schemes via The PX Hub.
• Effective pre-qualification and mortgage solutions through our specialist new homes brokers.
• Valuation and surveying services from e.surv chartered surveyors.
For more information, contact our Land & New Homes experts on: 0845 340 2940 or info@ lsllandnewhomes.co.uk for an initial no-obligation consultation.
Sponsored by Faust PR
Faust PR are a boutique PR agency – a dynamic, young, creative team who know the property industry inside out. Clients range from top-end developers and interior designers, to volume house builders and housing associations. Always coming up with new ideas to promote new homes, past projects range from working with world famous street artists to deliver pieces of public art, running public firework displays for over 1000 people or partnering with a floristry brand to deliver a unique workshop for press.
A team small enough to be cost effective and highly accountable, Faust are experts in communication. Highly experienced in PR stunts, events and crisis management, alongside daily press office functions such as copywriting, social media strategy and management, Faust consistently compete with large global agencies, delivering impactful and meaningful campaigns.
Best Urban Regeneration Project
Sponsored by Dave the Dog
Davethedog Communications is a highly effective media planning and buying agency. We
have many, (oh so very many) years’ experience in the property sector, and pride ourselves
on delivering innovative, bespoke services and campaigns, which give exceptional returns on investment. Our clients tell us we are an enthusiastic, supportive and professional bunch, and we thrive on developing excellent partnerships with them. And yes, we really are named after a dog called Dave.
Best New Development in the South
Sponsored by SiteSales
SiteSales Property Group have provided a range of services to developers, housing associations, local authorities and registered charities for over 30 years, delivering successful solutions on housing schemes ranging in size from 10 to over 1,000 new homes.
Operating in London and the South East, SiteSales provide their clients with a comprehensive range of consultancy services on all aspects of speculative housing. These services range from land disposal, site appraisal, the planning processes, detailed design, internal and external specification, construction, market research and culminating in sales, marketing and an after-sales service.
Whatever a client’s involvement in residential development, SiteSales have the experience, knowledge and resource to help ensure minimal risk and achieve the maximum return on client projects.
SiteSales also build their own homes for sale under the Regenta brand; they are operating on a range of projects and welcome enquiries from those interested in land disposal or joint-venture projects.
Best Use of a Government Scheme
Sponsored by Focus
Focus is a fully integrated marketing agency providing multichannel creative solutions with a key goal – to help our clients make a more meaningful connection with their customers. With over 70 like-minded individuals all working together, we provide expert creative marketing to the property sector and beyond. Now operating as a group since our recent restructure and rebrand, Focus offers the complete creative marketing experience from start to finish with the added value of Focus Experiential and Focus on Media.
Best Law Firm for Conveyancing
Sponsored by Dawson Cornwell
Dawson Cornwell is one of the country’s leading specialist family law firms, highly regarded for its expertise in international cases, knowledge of the law and strategical management of divorce and high net worth financial cases, whether by litigation, mediation, or collaborative law. Many of its lawyers are cross-qualified, or speak other languages – including Spanish, Polish, Mandarin, Arabic and Hindi to name a few. The reputation of its international cross- border children department is unrivalled; covering child abduction, forced marriage, stranded spouses and international surrogacy and fertility. Because of its international expertise, the firm is uniquely placed to advise in cross-border Court of Protection and public law cases.
Its reputation for cutting-edge work is reflected in the fact that each year, the firm has more reported family law cases than any other.
Best Off-Plan Development for First Time Buyers
Sponsored by Leaders Romans Group
Helping first time buyers on their journey to home ownership, the Leaders Romans Group has a dedicated Shared Ownership Team complete with specialist in-house mortgage advisors who deal solely with shared ownership mortgages.
Covering large parts of the UK, they work closely with many of the leading housing associations, registered providers of affordable housing and house builders to provide buyers with a variety of brand new affordable houses and apartments, complete with a guided journey when purchasing their first home.
Best New Development in the North
Sponsored by Penningtons Manches Cooper
Penningtons Manches Cooper is a leading UK and International law firm and is recognised as a top class provider of legal advice to the social housing sector.
We establish dedicated, long term relationships with clients which result in an innovative and commercially aware service. Our team is valued for its commitment to high standards of customer care. We recognise that our clients’ market is constantly shifting and faces regular overhauls as the Government tries to deliver much needed new housing. We are used to advising our clients on these emerging polices; changes in the planning laws; the launch of new funding initiatives and the reversal of priorities in tenure from home ownership to affordable rent and back again.
Our clients include housing associations ranging from organisations with less than 1,000 homes to some of the largest housing providers in the country, local authorities, local housing companies, and private developers and consultants active in the sector.
Our award winning team is praised for its creative solutions, and we’re able to provide a full range of legal services. We understand that the ever changing market place and Government demands on housing delivery means our clients need lawyers who are agile and commercial in their outlook.
Judges Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to the First Time Buyer Market
Sponsored by Censeo Financial
For over 12 years, Censeo Financial has been providing an exemplary service to both our Housing Association and Developer Clients and our Customers. We were set up purely as a mortgage provider specialising in providing homes to first time buyers and since then we have become a recognisable, trusted and award-winning brand.
Since 2008 we have helped thousands of people into their homes.
This has been achieved through the excellent partnerships our team have forged with leading Housing Associations and Developers along with the frictionless processes, innovations and economies of scale we have introduced.
Most Innovative Marketing Campaign
Sponsored by Property Booking
Property Booking is a user-focused property portal which aims to help home seekers at every stage of their search to find their own home. Its aim is simple; to help people search smarter; move faster and start living sooner.
A reliable and trusted source of information, Property Booking is also the appointed portal partner for the National Housing Federation’s national Shared Ownership awareness campaign.
At a time when owning or renting a home might seem impossible, Property Booking gives people the confidence to access the market on their own terms. Whether through Shared Ownership, Help to Buy or rental options, Property Booking is passionate about simplifying the property process and strives to help people find the right home.
Best Supplier to the FTB Market
Sponsored by CAST Consultants
CAST Consultants are a team of highly experienced property sales, marketing and management professionals delivering strategic consultancy; training, recruitment and interim management for the UK housing industry and their suppliers.
Our offer includes pre-development feasibility, design and specification for maximum return, sales and market research, outstanding customer service of the customer journey from initial enquiry to post occupation including leasehold services, property management and aftercare. We also offer support and advice on risk management, audit preparation, forecasting/budget planning, restructures, training and high-level strategic planning including customer experience and complaints management.
All this supported by CAST’s in-house marketing team – Cast Media Group – which provide brand strategy, creative, digital and social media, print, PR media, marketing suites and strategy.
Best Show Home
Sponsored by heylo
Since 2014, heylo has been making home ownership accessible for aspiring homeowners by expanding the part buy – part rent opportunities available.
With a number of different routes available through Housebuilders, estate agents and local authorities, its aim is to ensures the dream of owning a home becomes a reality.
For more information on heylo, please visit heylohousing.com
Best First Time Buyer Family Home
Sponsored by Boxed Red
Boxed Red, property marketing experts, are delighted to sponsor the ‘Best First Time Buyer Family Home’ award.
We, the Boxed Red family, full of strategic planners, creative thinkers and digital innovators, have proudly delivered award winning marketing solutions for the property sector for over 10 years.
From branding to brochures, websites to welcome packs, Boxed Red truly understand your sales objectives and consistently add value, making us your perfect marketing partner.
Let us be a part of your team, get in touch today.
Sponsored by Zoopla