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Held at The Hilton at Ageas Bowl near Southampton, the South Coast Property Awards attracted 59 finalists in 13 categories, with 400 property professionals attending.

Vail Williams, which has offices at 1000 Lakeside North Harbour, Portsmouth, and Savannah House at Ocean Village, Southampton, was shortlisted in six categories.

Additionally, Gary Jeffries, Vail Williams’ regional managing partner for Solent, and chairman of Solent LEP, was awarded Outstanding Achievement.

His citation read: “This award is for a stand-out person who has promoted and created success in the execution of property strategy across the region and, more importantly, has been involved with the promotion of the region as a great place in which to do business.”

Vail Williams, which has a team of nearly 50 in the Solent region, won top honours in the following categories:

Offices Consultancy of the Year
Property Client Service
Business Park Innovation of the Year (Lakeside North Harbour)

Matthew Samuel-Camps, Vail Williams’ managing partner, said afterwards: “These prestigious awards are testament to the expertise, professionalism, hard work and drive of staff at Vail Williams, providing clients with peace of mind that they have the best by their side.

“The awards are also the culmination of an ambitious three-year plan which has seen us increase revenues by 17% in the past year alone, and 28% over the three years, with revenues of £16.3m for 2018-19, backed by three acquisitions and a merger, several senior appointments, promotions and a series of client wins and other awards.”

He added: “We join the wider business community in being incredibly proud of Gary receiving the Outstanding Achievement accolade. Gary is a dedicated champion of economic development, working to secure a more prosperous and sustainable future for the Solent region, which is home to 50,000 businesses.”