Ashtons

To become the number one Sales and Lettings Agent in Hertfordshire based on volume of transactions.To help our clients make the right decision, so they can have a better life.
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Winners of the top performers' competition for staff at Ashtons estate agency are treated to a day out in London, brunch with Karl Judd, the Managing Director, followed by a trip to Selfridges, where they are presented with £1,000 in vouchers to spend. The day ends with dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant.

The Hertfordshire agency, which was founded more than 40 years ago, sells and lets homes in Harpenden, Welwyn Garden City, St Albans and Berkhamsted. Rural areas are dealt with through its village and country office in Redbourn and a department in Welwyn Garden City.

More than 110 enthusiastic staff contribute to the agency's success. It was a gold medal winner at the 2022 EA Masters Awards and also named the best estate agency sales business in the UK, meaning it is listed in this year's Best Estate Agent Guide. The company has also held an Investors in People accreditation for more than 10 years.

Its aim is become the number one sales and lettings agency in Hertfordshire, based on volume of transactions. Its mission statement is to help clients make the right decision, so that they can have a better life.

Ashtons is refurbishing its offices to create an enhanced working environment, but also to do its bit for the environment. All offices have energy-efficient LED lighting and the highest-rated air-conditioning and heating systems. The company has also just started a project to become carbon neutral and will plant a tree for every house sold this year.

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Giving Something Back

98% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

In an annual campaign called "For life's great causes", the agency works with about 20 local charities. It promotes their work through its website, offices and social media and asks staff and the public to vote for the charity they want to receive cash. A £10,000 donation is divided between the three winners.
Personal Growth

89% of staff agreed

The experience I gain from this job is valuable for my future

The Ashtons Diploma develops entry-level staff, giving them a year's training that incorporates spending time in every area of the business. The company supports industry-recognised training, such as that of the National Association of Estate Agents, encouraging all employees to undertake the courses and gain qualifications.
Fair Deal

58% of staff agreed

I am paid fairly for the work I do relative to people in similar positions in similar organisations

In an industry where staff traditionally work long hours, the agency has reduced working hours and weekend working for staff, without it affecting pay. It resulted in employees gaining an extra 12 days off a year.
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98% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

In an annual campaign called "For life's great causes", the agency works with about 20 local charities. It promotes their work through its website, offices and social media and asks staff and the public to vote for the charity they want to receive cash. A £10,000 donation is divided between the three winners.
Personal Growth
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89% of staff agreed

The experience I gain from this job is valuable for my future

The Ashtons Diploma develops entry-level staff, giving them a year's training that incorporates spending time in every area of the business. The company supports industry-recognised training, such as that of the National Association of Estate Agents, encouraging all employees to undertake the courses and gain qualifications.
Fair Deal
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58% of staff agreed

I am paid fairly for the work I do relative to people in similar positions in similar organisations

In an industry where staff traditionally work long hours, the agency has reduced working hours and weekend working for staff, without it affecting pay. It resulted in employees gaining an extra 12 days off a year.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
1980
Total number of UK employees
Number of UK locations
43
Employee average age
38% : 62%
Male : Female employee ratio
30%
Employees earning £35k+
11%
Employee turnover (voluntary)
Quote from the top...
Our people are at the centre of everything we do here at Ashtons. My mission as Managing Director is simply 'To try and make people the best versions of themselves possible.' Employee engagement is critical if we are to build the best Estate Agency businesses in Hertfordshire. The satisfaction, pride and enjoyment our people have about coming to work is of great personal importance to me.

Karl Judd, Managing Director - Ashtons

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