AN estate agent with offices in Brighton, Hove and Portslade has won a hat-trick of Gold Awards.

Sawyer and Co Sales and Lettings scooped the trio at the prestigious Guild of Property Professionals at its gala dinner and awards ceremony.

The company won the Best Estate Agency in the South East for the second year running and was crowned Best Lettings Agent in the South East.

It was also named Guild Ambassador of the Year for its ‘fantastic use of social media.’

It also won a Silver award for the overall national title of Best Estate Agency in the UK.

Director Chris Sawyer said “We are absolutely overjoyed.

“I’m so proud of our team and delighted that we have been recognised by the judges as being the best at what we do as both sales and lettings agents.

“It’s so nice to give the team the recognition they deserve for all their hard work and ideas which have led us to consistently improve our levels of service.

“I’m sure this will spur us on to set the bar even higher.

“There were some industry heavyweights within the judging panel.

“It’s been a really tough competition this year within our region and as The Guild teamed up with The Estate Agent of the Year Awards this year a substantial proportion of the marks awarded was based on recent customer feedback, making winning even more satisfying.”

The awards were presented after a full day at The Guild of Property Professionals Annual Conference.

New strategies were revealed at the conference to keep the brand at the cutting edge.

Estate agents also heard from motivational speakers and industry experts.

The awards were presented by the CEO of The Guild of Property Professionals, Iain McKenzie.

He said: “This was my first year at the conference and the awards and gala dinner was a huge success.

“It was great to be able to get together and celebrate excellence.”