We are delighted to announce that Chris Beckwith has joined Currell as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Chris will head up the Residential Department and help the company with the next stage of growth.  Chris joins us with over 17 years in the industry and was a Director of one of Londons largest independent estate agents for over 14 years. Chris will be responsible for planning the strategic direction of the business expansion, largely through acquisitions.

Chris said: “I am excited to join Currell at a time when the business is expanding as my experience is in growing businesses.  I look forward to playing a part in the company’s continued growth and success.”

Anne Currell, Group CEO of Currell said: “This is a very exciting time for Currell. We are very encouraged by Chris’s appointment and look forward to working with him as we deliver our strategy for long term growth.”

Currell staff hit the slopes in sunny Courchevel this week for a few days of fresh mountain air.

15 staff signed up to the annual trip this year, all looking forward to starting the new year in the snowy Alps.

The trip was blessed with good weather and the group enjoyed a fantastic lunch in the sun at Le Panoramic restaurant, which stands at 2732m and faces Mont-Blanc.

And thankfully they all managed to ski down safely afterwards!

This year’s Christmas party was a black tie affair held at Fence Bar in Clerkenwell, to accomodate our growing numbers. A champagne reception, turkey dinner and secret santa set the festive mood, before the annual Currell staff awards were handed out by Anne and Chris Currell.

The awards are given to members of staff who have performed consistently or outstandingly throughout the year.

Our deserving winners this year include:

Simon Karajian – Employee of the Year

Jon Vidal – Employee of the Year Runner Up

Islington Office – Most Outstanding Office

Jon Vidal – Client Feedback Award

Ben Hobart – Highest Residential Sales

Tracey Cutts – Residential Management

James Neilson – Directors Award for Outstanding Performance

Anna Jencova – Administrator of the Year

Ritz Fitzgerald – Block Management

Terry Brown – Block Management

Lucy Currell – Highest New Homes Sales

Andy Lawson, Ben Hobart, Mark O’Kane, Guarav Sekhri, Tom Leatham & Sam Turley – Best Project Proposal

After the awards, the night continued with dancing into the small hours and ended almost certainly with a few sore heads the next morning.

Huge thanks go to Asima Hafesji and Diane Bridle for organising such a fabulous party for our ever growing company to enjoy.

Well done to all the winners and thank you to everyone at Currell for making 2013 another successful year.

Our recently launched Affordable Homes department has received its first instruction from Gallions Housing Association on Parkside View, a shared ownership development in the Royal Docks.

Parkside View is a riverside development that forms part of the wider regeneration of the Royal Docks area, Europe’s largest regeneration project with the potential for £22bn worth of investment.

Martin Fillery, Head of Currell Affordable Homes said: “I am very excited that our first instruction has come from a regeneration project of this scale that will totally transform this area of London.

“Gallions Housing Association understands the importance of providing high quality housing for local people and they work closely with the local community to ensure that they will benefit from projects in their area.

“With house prices continually increasing, it is vital that affordable housing is provided for workers in the city on lower incomes. Parkside View gives regular Londoners the chance to purchase a home that is well connected to central London and most importantly, affordable.”

The final phase of 1 bedroom apartments at Parkside View, E16 are launching 5th, 6th and 7th December. To register your interest please email: affordablehomes@currell.com or phone Martin Fillery on 0207 226 6611.

To learn more about Currell Affordable Homes please visit our website: http://www.currell.com/new-homes/currell-affordable-homes

Last night our new Affordable Homes department officially launched at the Charlotte Street Hotel in Soho, with 70 guests in attendance.

Mike Youkee, a board member of the Greater London Authority, was our key note speaker for the night. He delivered a fascinating speech on the challenges facing housing associations in London, with particular emphasis on affordable housing provision.

He also discussed the idea of a limit being put in place on the amount of London homes sold overseas to ease the housing shortage, as well as sharing his opinion about the Mayor’s delivery of affordable homes for the capital.

The night was a huge success and we would like to thank all of our guests and Mike Youkee for attending, as well as the Charlotte Street Hotel for providing delicious refreshments and a great venue.

Affordable Homes Launch

If you would like to find out more about Currell Affordable Homes please contact Martin Fillery on 0207 226 6611 or visit our website http://www.currell.com/new-homes/currell-affordable-homes

This weekend Elizabeth Hurry, Partner at Currell Management, has been selected to be a part of the Brit Chicks sky diving team to attempt a new British Record.

The 68 woman team will be attempting to perform a butterfly formation 13,000 feet up in the air, which is over two miles high!

Elizabeth is no novice when it comes to sky diving, having taken part in a previous stunt with the Brit Chicks in 2007, in which 68 women created a red cross in the sky to raise awareness for the British Red Cross.

Elizabeth is incredibly excited about the dive and says, “It is a great honour to have been selected for the Brit Chicks team and to help raise awareness of female skydivers in the UK”.

The attempt will be filmed from the air to validate that the formation is complete, before a new record can be confirmed.

We wish Elizabeth and all the Brit Chicks taking part the best of luck!

Skydiving

Our Hackney office has been refurbished and is back open. To celebrate, we are offering 1% (plus VAT) fees on new sales instructions received before 18 October.

Sales manager Bradley Suter is expecting a busy autumn. “It always gets hectic once the schools go back and I expect this year to be especially so,” he says.

“Hackney is such an exciting area at the moment. We’ve got some fantastic new developments for sale including the Textile building, the Colt, and Lime Wharf,” says Bradley.

On the sales side, Bradley will be supported by Ben Hobart and Tom Jones. Sinead Palmer heads up the lettings team of Gavin Kennedy and Jake McCreedy-Evans. Kelly Wright is the office secretary.

Please pop in and see the new office. You will find us at Quebec Wharf, 311-313 Kingsland Road opposite Tesco and just a minute’s walk from Haggertson Overground station.

For details of our 1% offer please contact Bradley Suter on 0207 241 4111 or email b.suter@currell.com.

On the 11th April, Currell hosted an evening on the 20th Century avant-garde Spanish artist Benjamin Palencia, at the Instituto Cervantes in Eaton Square.

The evening began with a delicious array of Spanish wine and tapas, generously provided and served by Brindisa, a specialist Spanish tapas restaurant and served in a beautiful room at the Instituto.

Chris Currell and Juan Blas Delgado, Head of Cultural Activities at the Instituto made introductory speeches welcoming the audience, before the two main speakers of the night took to the stage.

Ramόn Palencia, Palencia’s nephew, spoke passionately on his uncle’s life and work, while Dr Jacqueline Rattray of Goldsmiths College, gave an interesting insight into Palencia’s poetic experiments.

We were privileged to have some of Palencia’s work on display for everyone to view which really brought Palencia and his work to life, making the evening extra special.

Our thanks go out to the staff at Brindisa and the Instituto Cervantes for helping make the evening such a success.

Currell Football Club managed to secure their first win of the season last night in a brilliant 6-3 win against City Asset Management.

Goals came from five members of the team but it was Micahel Paul who won himself the Man of the Match accolade, helping to cement Currell’s victory.

With nine matches still to play, lets hope the winning bug catches on…