UK Enterprise Awards 2018

44 SME NEWS / UK Enterprise Awards 2018 , Best Estate Agency 2018 - North East England Signature By Mark Small UKE180029 Signature by Mark Small began eight years ago with a vision to create a corporate, proactive and target-driven estate agency. Today, the agency is a prominent figure in the UK’s booming estate agencymarket, and proud FounderMark is only too happy to share the secrets behind its success with us. Signature has now expanded into the North East’s largest hybrid estate agency, also offering in-house Signature Finance and Signature Law – providing clients the whole property package under one roof.” It is this one-stop-shop approach, alongside the dedication of Mark and his team, that sets Signature apart from its competitors, as Mark is excited to highlight. “Fundamentally, Signature differentiates from competitors because we so much more than just an Estate Agency: we are a distinctive and exclusive brand, with a dominant presence both online and across the region. Every single sales and lettings property, regardless of price benefits from premium, high-end marketing all at no extra cost. Our unique hybrid approach gives our clients the best of both worlds; benefiting from an unrivalled customer experience coupled with the promise to beat all competitors’ fees. Currently, we are also officially listed as Number 1 in the UK for ‘Best Rated Online Agents’ by – the largest Estate Agency review site.” “Additionally, we strive to integrate the latest technology into our services by providing customers with professional photography, 3D floor plans, and drone video footage of properties. We also offer exclusive advertising on ITV and Radio, as well as promoting online. We are proud to be rated as the Number 1 Agent on Social Since its launch in 2010, Signature has been phenomenally successful. Over the years the firm has sold more than £650 million worth of property sales and currently boasts a lettings portfolio of over 1000 properties. Mark explores how far the firm has come since inception and the range of services it now provides to its valued clients. “Personally, I founded Signature eight years ago. Drawing on my 17 years’ experience working for some of the region’s most prestigious property agents and co-ordinating 15 successful branches for the UK’s largest estate agency, I wanted to combine upper-end style, image and branding with an exceptional level of customer service - and make this accessible for everyone in the North East. “Thanks to our hard work and determination over recent years, at Signature we are incredibly proud to have grown from one branch in Whitley Bay to covering 19 locations across the North East which are now are well integrated within the local community. Media in the North East and 2nd in the UK, reaching over 150,000 potential buyers a week and are the only North East Estate Agent to advertise on all three major property portals; Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket.” With regards to the future, Mark and his team are keen to give back to the local community, and as such the team will be utilising their success to offer a fundraising event that looks set to break all previous records, as Mark concludes. “Moving forward, 2018 is set to be an exciting year for Signature. We are in the process of launching a ‘super branch’ in Gosforth incorporating estate agents, solicitors, financial services and a coffee shop all under one roof. I am also delighted to announce that Signature will be hosting another exclusive Charity Ball at the Internationally Acclaimed Sage Gateshead in Newcastle Upon Tyne on the 14th December this year. After the outstanding success of our previous Charity Ball in 2016 – thanks to the wonderful generosity of our guests and business sponsors, we sold over £40,000 on the night in the live auction alone for commendable local charities including; Metro Radio’s Cash for Kids, North Music Trust, Silverline Memories & Calvert Trust Kielder. “Once again, we have secured the full Sage building, a prestigious North East Landmark where our black-tie event will receive a high level of exposure across the region. We have also secured an impressive orchestra, casino, multiple entertainments and a range of auctions while our guests enjoy dinner and drinks in a glamorous and festive atmosphere. This year, Signature are set to surpass the money raised in 2016, as so far, we have received an overwhelming response from renowned business sponsors including Lowes Financial Services, Barclays, Grosvenor Casino’s and Aston Martin.” Company: Signature By Mark Small Contact: Mark Small Address: 32 Beach Avenue, Tyne and Wear, NE26 1EA, UK Phone: 0191 253 4815 Web Address: