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Award recognises McCartneys’ leadership and management

A leading firm of estate agents, independent auctioneers, chartered surveyors, valuers and rural professionals collected the Excellence in Leadership and Management Award at the annual Powys Business Awards.

McCartneys LLP, which has eight offices in Powys and a workforce of 175, received the award, sponsored by Nidec Control Techniques, at the annual awards dinner held at The Hafren, Newtown.

Tom Carter, McCartneys LLP partner and chair of the company’s property department, said:

“We are overwhelmed and very proud to win this award which was unexpected.

“The most pleasing thing is that the award is for leadership and management which recognises that the company gives the young people that we employ a chance to fulfil their potential. We are proud to employ local people and seek to motivate them to reach their full potential.”

A great example is Jake Best from our Newtown office, who finished university to seek employment with McCartneys and won the company’s sales negotiator of the year award within 12 months. He then helped the Newtown branch to win the office of the year title having achieved record turnover and is now the Newtown office manager.

The company’s goals this year are to increase market share within the property sector, to expand into larger market towns, grow the rural professional department, introduce further specialist sales in the antique and fine art department and to further cross sell services between departments.

“As a business, we want to be the best in every sector in which we specialise,” said Tom.

McCartneys uses its partners meetings to drive the business forward and to discuss recommendations made by the company’s group sub-committees, which have members from across the business.

The company has a management committee of six managing partners, representing all departments, which runs the business efficiently. Devolving some leadership responsibility to partners, who head sub committees, has also paid dividends.

New, younger partners have recently been introduced, bringing with them fresh initiatives, ideas and influence on how the company is run.

Training is important with each member of staff attending regular seminars, specialist days and CPD training annually, including leadership and management, to improve their skills. Many staff are members of professional bodies which ensures the company is up to date on any new training or legislation.

Powys Business Awards judges said:

“The business has a high level of staff engagement in structured business improvement initiatives, with employees taking the lead.

“They identify the contribution that their people will make to future business and position and develop them to maximise strengths and build the business. They lead by example with a clear vision of future direction.”