An employee of leading estate agent Hamptons International has celebrated 30 years with the business and is now the 7th longest serving agent in the whole company. Howard Bettridge, who is Regional Director for the South East region, started life at Hamptons International in 1988 as a negotiator in the Guildfordoffice rising through the ranks over the years to be promoted to Regional Director in 2011.
The estate agent industry and wider world was a different place in 1988. Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister, Ronald Reagan was in the White House and Kylie Minogue was top of the charts with ‘I should be so lucky’. In property terms, the average price of a house in the UK was £60,000, having rocketed from only £48,000 two years earlier, in 1986.
Next year, Hamptons International will celebrate its 150 year anniversary alongside all of its employees. The Hamptons family is made up of 1,100 employees, almost a fifth of whom have worked for the business for more than 5 years. One in ten have more than 10 years’ of service under their belt and 3% have been part of the business for 20 years or more.
Lesley Cairns, Managing Director at Hamptons International says: “We are delighted that Howard has reached this impressive milestone with the business and I would like to personally thank Howard for being such a wonderful ambassador over the past three decades.Howard is a credit to our business, and a tremendously well liked colleague. Known for being a real team player, he recently took part in the Virgin Sport British 10k Run along with his co-workers to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. Thank you Howard!”
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