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The Property Investors Awards is delighted to announce the 2019 Property Investors Awards Winners. The annual event, celebrating excellence in property investing, included a glittering evening of fine dining and entertainment, with the winners receiving the much coveted awards themselves.

Property Investors nationwide celebrated their success throughout the year at the ceremony on Saturday 30 November at the Royal National Hotel in Russell Square.

This year 12 awards were presented with much excitement about the four new categories including: ‘Property Crowdfunding Platform of the Year, ‘Build-to-Rent Development of the Year’ ‘HMO Property Investor of the Year’ and ‘Property VR Provider of the Year’.

Taking the awards to a new level, we provided property investors with the opportunity to discover the world of virtual reality with a display available throughout the evening. We also partnered with Morton’s Private Members Club in Mayfair to provide 20 of our VIP attendees with the opportunity to continue celebrating at their exclusive venue after the main event finished.


A total of twelve deserving winners were announced across a range of different categories, representing all levels of the property investment world from first-time individual developers to multi-million pound firms.

The winners are as follows:

– Build-to-Rent Development of the Year: Stephen Mckechnie – Kelvin Properties
– Finance Broker of the Year: David Tonks – Advocate Finance
– HMO Property Deal of the Year: Ruth Hobbs – Urban Sister
– HMO Property Investor of the Year: Luke Spikes – Higgihaus LTD
– New Property Investor of the Year: Oliver Stock – Property Developing Limited
– Property Crowdfunding Platform of the Year: Tal Orly – Cogress
– Property Deal of the Year: AJ Shome & Kevin Edge – Founthill Land, Planning & Development
– Property Development of the Year: AJ Shome & Kevin Edge – Founthill Land, Planning & Development
– Property Investor of the Year: Paul Nicholson – Luxor Group
– Property Trader of the Year: Jamie Pickerill – Land Options Limited
– Property VR Provider of the year: Ben Collins – WalkTrue
– Property Investors Facebook Group of the Year: UK Property Trader

2019 Property Investors Awards Winners

Ruth Hobbs said: “Urban Sisters are honoured to have won the coveted HMO Property Deal of the Year award. It was the combination of hard work and determination of our brilliant team and our vision that has delivered something that is on brand, on target and on budget for this empty office building. We strongly believe that more females should be entering these awards to gain recognition for the developments they deserve. We urge you to join us in our campaign to inspire more women to enter. Anyone that would like to follow our journey can do so on Instagram @ruth_and_gillian_hobbs as we have more exciting projects in our pipeline.”

Luke Spikes, winner of HMO Property Investor of the Year commented: “Winning this award fresh on the heels of being crowned ‘New Property Investor of the Year’ in 2018 is a real testament to the effort expended by the entire team. At higgihaus, we’ve been hard at work throughout 2019 on our mission to deliver extraordinary ‘places to stay’. I am delighted to report that our higgihausmates and guests tell us that is exactly what we have achieved. To have our higgihaus co-living products recognised with such a prestigious national award truly is the ‘icing-on-the-cake’. Once again, I am hugely grateful to those who nominated me and to #teamhiggi for carrying me there.”

2019 Property Investors Awards ceremony


New Property Investor of the Year Oliver Stock stated: “The New Property Investor of the Year award shows that even the achievements of a young 19 year old property developer, at the start of his career is recognised. It helps inspire the next generation of millennials, who feel they can’t buy property and are faced with a lifetime of renting or not owning property. Through our company Property Developing Limited we train and work with Investors, SSAS Pension Funds and Joint Venture Partners on a range of projects from Grade II listed office to residential conversions, new builds, barn conversions, mixed use conversions and flat conversions”.

AJ Shome and Kevin Edge said: “We are humbled to have won ‘Deal of the Year’ at the 2019 Property Investor Awards. At Founthill, we pride ourselves on hard work and tenacity, so winning this award for our deal at Greenview Grove, Waltham Abbey really allows us to celebrate what has been an extremely hard fought yet incredibly rewarding deal. What we managed to achieve within this deal, we never thought possible when we started out, so we are delighted to see that it has now been held up as an inspiration to any aspiring property developers who are able to now see that extraordinary land deals are possible with the right mindset, hard work and focus. We are extremely grateful to all who voted for us”.

In addition, winning their second award of 2019 Property Development of the Year, AJ Shome & Kevin Edge continued: “We are truly honoured to win ‘Development of the Year’. At Founthill, we have always tried to do things ‘the right way’ and we believe that the recognition of our development at ‘Greenview Grove’ in Waltham Abbey is testament to the extraordinary hard work and tenacity that the team have committed to this project over the past 3 years. We are extremely grateful for receiving this award and aim to use this to push our company to new heights and to continue to grow the profile of all good SME property developers who remain so important for the future of the UK property market”.

Property Investors Awards Party

Paul Nicholson, winner of Property Investor of the Year 2019 remarked: “As a developer I am a visionary leader with an affinity for regeneration projects, creating vibrant and attractive homes fulfilling our investment objectives. Recognising the patterns of market cycles, I use this to reveal hidden value along with vigorously analysing and stress testing all of his proposed acquisitions to ensure that each element of his investment criteria is fulfilled, protecting against the down-side to combat any market volatility. Creating #TeamNico which consists of more than 35 people in his team and owns over £22,500,000 of real estate, In 2017, Paul’s team completed the £2,300,000 development Nicholson Lofts & the £2,400,000 Nicholson House Development in St Helens making him the #1 ranked developer in the borough. Myself and my team specialise in high-end HMO, Student & office-to-residential conversions”.

Jamie Pickerall said: “I am really pleased to have won the Property Trader of the Year Award. Having worked independently for nearly 15 years it’s nice to know that we are doing it right. Believing that deals can genuinely benefit every single person involved, we partner with landowners, agents, and a plethora of professional consultants to optimise the value of land and property”.

Ben Collins comments: “The team at Walktrue are delighted to win the Property VR Provider of the Year award. In only our second year of operation this accolade fills us with the confidence that our digital approach to Property communications will continue to drive creativity and innovation in the industry.”

Property Investors Awards ceremony

What did our judges say?

We asked the judges what they were looking for in an awards application.

Richard Valentine-Selsey, Associate Director at Savills said: “It’s about taking on a property within a new area and bringing it back to re invest or finding a new way to solve someone’s living challenge, whether that is through an HMO or a build-to-rent scheme”.

Nada Jarnaz, Partner at Howard Kennedy said: “It isn’t just about the numbers and whether the developer or investor had a good deal, but also the vision and execution. It’s about what you add to society and the community. Making sure as property investors we are leaving a legacy and applying the standard that improves society as a whole.

Chairman of the Awards, Cyril Thomas said this year had seen a rise in the number of award applications received. “We continue to be impressed by the quality and innovation that we are seeing, especially in what has been an uncertain climate. I’d like to thank all of our partners, judges, and sponsors for helping to make this year’s awards such a great success.”

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