On 23rd March 2018 the Belvoir network gathered to congratulate Vaughan and Sally Schofield of Belvoir Wrexham on their outstanding achievement of winning Belvoir’s Gold Award for Franchise of the Year.
These prestigious awards, which were sponsored by Let Alliance, are an all-expenses paid event for Belvoir franchisees, and were held at the Manchester Hilton, following a superb national conference.
On presenting the award to Vaughan Schofield, Belvoir CEO Dorian Gonsalves said: “Vaughan and Sally sent in a fantastic awards submission, which really impressed the judges. Highlights include the fact that this office was awarded Best Agent in Wrexham 2017 for the second year running at the British Property Awards and won the Silver Award for Wales. They experienced 21.4% organic growth in sales income in 2017, and dramatically increased the size of their newly refurbished office – as well as launching their own free monthly newspaper – The Wrexham Property News. Vaughan contributes massively to the network and is a member of the Research and Development group. He embraces and runs with all the ideas and suggestions that come from Central Office and is a worthy winner of the Gold Award for Belvoir Franchise of the Year.”
A delighted Vaughan Schofield said: “We were very surprised to win, and absolutely delighted to have done so. At the end of the day, we don’t do this job to win awards, we do it because we want to do it to the best of our ability, but to win a prestigious award like this is a fantastic bonus.
“The past two years have been amazing for Belvoir Wrexham. The previous year was our best ever by some margin. We grew the business by over 25% compared to the previous year and this year, although we knew it would be challenging, we managed a further 11% growth, so it was another record year, achieved purely through organic growth.
“There is no doubt that entering into sales has been very good for us. It made perfect sense to do so, because this business is very cyclical, so when lettings is doing well the sales side might not be, and when sales are doing well the lettings market may drop off. For us, it is commercially logical for our Belvoir business to have a foot in both areas of the property business, as it helped to spread the risks.
“Sally and I are very grateful to our team for everything they do, and it would be impossible for us to achieve what we have without their fantastic work ethic and enthusiasm. They are very knowledgeable, but knowledge without the right work ethic to deliver it would be wasted and they have been unbelievably supportive.
“Our business is ten years old this year, and we have had amazing support over the past decade. I always felt that Belvoir Central Office has invested in me and the training they provided at the offset prepared me for what lay ahead. Over the years both my team and ourselves have attended many of the Belvoir training courses and I have got to know the franchise support team well. It’s a great feeling to be able to pick up the phone at any time and use the franchise support team as a sounding board and to get expert advice.
“My wife Sally has been fantastic, and can do every job in this office extremely well. Without her, none of this would have been possible. We have been fortunate enough to have won many awards over the past ten years, but winning Belvoir’s Franchise of the Year is a real jewel in the crown.”