Pattinson is a large estate agent with offices in North East England and this week they’re relocating their headquarters to Alnwick. The company handles over 500,000 transactions each year and specialises in residential property sales. They also have a strong focus on education, training, and community engagement.
The business has been established for over 160 years and today, it’s one of the UK’s largest privately owned real estate agencies. They have over 250 branches across the UK and handle property transactions worth in excess of £500 million each year.
In light of this, it’s clear to see why they’ve decided to relocate to the beautiful Northumberland countryside. The company’s new headquarters will feature an open-plan office, design centres, private dining rooms, and a health and wellbeing spa.
With such a strong heritage, it’s no surprise that they want to keep traditions alive and continue to grow the business into the future. Naturally, this also means they need to keep busy so can sign up for new trainings, take on new responsibilities, and grow their network. No matter what role you play in the company, it’s clear to see that you’ll be working in an elegant yet relaxed environment.
The Importance of Recruiting and Retaining Top Talent
Pattinson’s main aim is to continually grow their business and expand their reach as far as possible. To do this, they need to have the best people in their network, people who are passionate about their work, committed to the organisation, and eager to tackle new challenges. Additionally, the firm values hard work, dedication, and recognising potential.
The importance of staff diversity cannot be overstated. In an increasingly diverse world, it’s important to have a team that reflects the society you serve. While it’s great to have people from different cultural backgrounds, it’s even more effective when you have an inclusive environment. Seeing people from different social classes, genders, and ethnic groups can help you navigate complex situations more effectively and even inspire you to learn and grow through new experiences.
Raising Capital Was Never Going To Be Easy
Like many other businesses, Pattinson also needs to fund growth and development. However, unlike many other firms, this wasn’t going to be easy for them. For over 160 years, the company has been operating as a private limited company and therefore they’re not entitled to any kind of state aid or loan guarantees. This has made it difficult for the business to secure the capital they need.
If you’re looking to grow your business too, it’s worth thinking about applying for Venture Capital funding as a newer, smaller company.
The Brand Must Be At The Core Of Everything You Do
When it comes to marketing and brand building, Pattinson are experts. This week, they’ll be launching their new corporate identity and working with the design team at Bates Makin to create a brand new brochure and website. This is just one example of the different marketing campaigns the brand will soon be participating in.
If you work for them, you’ll be working on projects such as these and contributing to the growth of the business. Naturally, this also means you need to be aware of what the brand stands for and consistent in your messaging. Additionally, you need to set your own goals and be prepared to meet with marketing managers to discuss progress and set new goals.
Continuing Education Is Vital
Pattinson’s continued growth means they have to stay ahead of the game and be on the lookout for new opportunities. One of the ways they do this is through their commitment to education and training. It’s not unusual for employees to be sent on a formal training course each year.
The firm is a member of the estate agency group Connected Homes UK and this week, they’ve been busy finalising their membership of the Federation of Property Auctioneers. This is to ensure they’re always up to date with the latest legislation and practice relating to property auctions.
These sorts of qualifications mean employees are always learning and up to date with the latest technical knowledge. Naturally, this also makes them more attractive to potential employers. It’s great when employers can see you’ve been proactive about your learning and development. This will make you stand out among the crowd.
Community Engagement Is Essential
Pattinson have a long history of giving back to the local community and being involved in their neighbourhood. This week, they’ll be opening their renovated Alnwick town centre to the public for the first time since Autumn 2018.
The centre has been completely revamped and features a brand new library, gallery space, and restaurant. It’s also a hub for local activity with a sports centre, pool, and spa being fully utilised.
Since the opening of the new town centre, the number of jobs in Alnwick has increased by 10% and this, in turn, has led to an increase in demand for local services.
This firm is committed to contributing to the well-being of their employees and the local community and today, they’re launching a new volunteering programme to help educate and inspire the next generation.
Pattinson are one of the UK’s largest privately owned estate agents and experts in property sales. Last week, we looked at the importance of having a clear vision for your business, attracting top talent, and being present in your community.