December 05, 2019
Northwood, which is part of the Belvoir Group, marked the end of a highly successful year at the 2019 Annual Conference and Awards, celebrating the achievements of the network’s highest performing franchisees.
A prestigious black-tie award ceremony and champagne dinner was held at Chesford Grange, Kenilworth. The awards followed the company’s high profile national conference, which had the theme “The Opportunity of Change,” and was sponsored by SDL Auctions, DPL and Jelf.
Northwood MD Phil Gee, who presented the awards, said: “I am very proud of Northwood’s franchisees who continue to operate extremely successful businesses and achieve incredible results. This year a record number of franchisees and senior staff members attended the conference, which provided ideas, inspiration and new business strategies for everyone. A total of 15 awards were presented at the Annual Awards and I am delighted that this year’s top award of Northwood Franchise of the Year 2019 went to Northwood Aberdeen.
“Laura and Steven Mearns opened Northwood Aberdeen in January 2009 and are phenomenal business owners. Laura took over the day-to-day operations of the business in 2013, working very closely with Operations Director Matt Pullinger who joined the business in 2009 and became a Director in 2013.
“Last year Northwood Aberdeen won top Scotland office, but this year they have risen to another level – achieving the highest turnover of any other Northwood franchise. This achievement is all the more remarkable when you consider how badly Aberdeen was hit in recent years by the dramatic fall in oil prices, which crashed the rental market. However, very much in line with the theme of this year’s conference, out of adversity comes opportunity and the team at Northwood Aberdeen have clearly demonstrated just how much can be achieved with hard work, determination and ambition – as well as the confidence to take on two successful acquisitions, which massively boosted their business. We wish them every success for the future.”