Fylde firm's year in business ends in award

Unique Estate Agency and Unique Mortgage & Life Solutions in Thornton.  Pictured is director Suzanne Hedley with Vicky Atherton and Sarah Bunnell.
Unique Estate Agency and Unique Mortgage & Life Solutions in Thornton. Pictured is director Suzanne Hedley with Vicky Atherton and Sarah Bunnell.
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A Fylde coast estate agency is celebrating after winning a national gold award.

The Unique Estate Agency of Thornton has won a British Property Awards Gold despite being in business for just one year.

It is run by Suzanne Hedley who said she was delighted to be picked after a series of unannounced calls and visits and judging against the organisations 25 criteria aimed at improving standards across the industry.

Suzanne said: “I have worked with estate agencies for more than 10 years but left to open my own mortgage business - Unique Mortgage and Life Solutions. I then had a brain wave to open my own estate agency.

“I am Fleetwood born and bred and have lived on the Fylde coast all my life so have plenty of local knowledge.

“The idea is not to be like a typical estate agents office. For example we have a chandelier in the window rather than lots of photographs of properties.

“Instead we have an interactive touch screen display which people can use standing outside.”

She said that made it more accessible to customers at any time of the day.

“Winning the award is great considering we have only been open for a year. Business has been good and we have around 70 properties on our books at the moment.

“Most of our business has come from recommendations. They are all on the Fylde coast, Fleetwood Thonrton, Cleveleys , Blackpool and Lytham.

“We have a real mixture of customers, we recently had a couple from Manchester looking to relocate to live by the sea.”