Tuesday night, more than 250 people gathered at the Chesford Grange hotel in Warwick for the Platinum Property Partners (PPP) annual awards ceremony.
It was the biggest National Workshop since the property investment business launched in 2007 and not just in terms of attendance, but awards given too.
After a three course meal, Partner Kriss Akabusi, who joined the franchise in 2015, opened the awards ceremony in a spur of the moment change of plan.
He thanked his personal purchasing and refurbishment mentors that helped with his first House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) and the coach in his region. Kriss also commented how he ‘loves the passion in the room’ and ensures new Partners that they are going to really enjoy their own journey with PPP as he has done so far.
Shortly after, Founder and Chairman, Steve Bolton took to the stage to present the awards. For the first time, a record number of 53 advocates were recognised for their support in helping prospective Partners to understand the business and the property investment model. In addition, those Partners who have successfully come to the end of their franchise were congratulated and many who have since become Alumni members were thanked for their continued support.
Steve concluded with a new and very special addition to the award categories – the Anita Vernaschi Life and Soul Award. Introduced to honour PPP Partner Anita, who sadly passed away in 2015 after a long battle with cancer, the award will be given to real characters within the network who, like Anita, are consistently the life and soul of the party.
Steve commented: “We credit our ongoing success to the huge support we get from all of the Partners in the network. Without you and your stories and willingness to help others who may not be as experienced or as far into their portfolio development, we wouldn’t be where we are now. You are a key part of our business model and mentoring strategy.”
To end the night, ‘Wrap Rapper’ George Hardwick returned for his second National Workshop and gave an excellent performance that summarised all of the learnings from the first day’s presentations.
Here is the full list of award winners.
Ambassador of the Year
Awarded to the Partner who has gone above and beyond to promote PPP outside of the network.
Platinum – Dion & Alex Taylor
Gold – Liam Gallagher
Silver – Andrew Paris & Julie Fleming
Give More Award
Awarded to those Partners and members of staff who truly embody the PPP philosophy to ‘Give More’.
Platinum – Emma Glass
Gold – Mike Dixon
Silver – Sam Wedge
Contribution to the Network
Those recognised in this category continuously go above and beyond to help others in the network, share their knowledge and give their time.
Platinum – Paul Kutchera
Gold – Paul & Carol Watson
Silver – Richard Lloyd
Newcomer of the Year
Recognises new Partners who have really integrated themselves into the network since joining and immersed themselves in the training programme.
Platinum – Valerie Highton
Gold – Holly Yates & Nick Hopkin
Silver – Dion & Alex Taylor
Franchise Partner of the Year
The biggest award of the year recognises Partners who embody all of PPP’s core values, successfully progress their business and contributes to the network.
Platinum – Mike & Clare Hedgecox
Gold – Katherine Newman
Silver – Alex & Emma Glass
Partners’ Partner of the Year
Voted for by the Partners themselves, this award is given to those who have made an impact on the entire network.
Platinum – Alex & Emma Glass
Gold – Mike Anderson
Silver – Chris & Jeremy Tetley
This year, Dan Coe was given the Special Recognition Award for all of the work he has done over the years in helping Partners to set up their businesses and his continued support with annual business reviews.
Anita Vernaschi Life & Soul Award
Alison Carriban was honoured with the first award of this kind because of her brilliant energy and ability to get almost everyone on the dance floor.