Monday, June 22, 2015
Countrywide plc, the UK’s largest integrated property Group, and the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) are announcing a landmark partnership which will see Countrywide’s customer facing estate agents invited to become members of the NAEA.
Countrywide will be the first national estate agency network to adopt such an undertaking, offering employees the opportunity of high level training alongside their nationally recognised qualifications.
Countrywide plc includes the largest estate agency and lettings network and operates more than 1,300 associated offices across the UK, through well-known high street brands such as Bairstow Eves, Fulfords, Dixons and Taylors.
This major step to ensure employees are NAEA members will reassure customers that the sales agents they deal with adhere to high professional standards and belong to reputable, recognised and regulated professional body. Countrywide employees will also benefit from a large number of member benefits, including access to training and continuing professional development, regular updates on regulation and policy changes.
Commenting Mark Hayward, Managing Director, NAEA, said:
“This really is a major milestone for the sector and demonstrates foresight from Countrywide in terms of offering real benefits for their employees as well as guaranteeing customers that all staff are recognised as belonging to a nationally recognised regulated body. Importantly, in the time when housing remains high on both the media and political agenda, it allows Countrywide to contribute to the debate and influence key issues that are impacting the sector via our stakeholder and political outreach. We look forward to welcoming Countrywide staff into our membership and hope this will serve as a catalyst to other national chains to adopt similar practices.”
Commenting Alison Platt, Group Chief Executive, Countrywide plc, said:
“As the UK’s largest residential property services company, representing 48 estate agency brands and 1,300 offices, this partnership with the NAEA is very significant and another step in raising professional standards within the sector. Working with AgencyPro, our City & Guilds accredited learning centre, we will roll out this programme of bringing new members into the NAEA, building on the strong skills that we already have within the business and also attracting new talent to learn and develop with us.”
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