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Gold Award at The ESTAS for Horton and Garton


WIN two Diamond VIP Tickets to the Chiswick Proms

Horton and Garton’s Chiswick office brought home the Gold ESTAS Customer Service Award for West London Sales and Director Paul Cooney took home one of just five People Awards from a pool of over 4,000 estate agents nationwide. The ESTAS Awards, a national property industry awards sponsored by Zoopla, in its 16th year and hosted annually by Phil Spencer, are based purely on client feedback. Paul brought two back to Chiswick based on his consistently outstanding testimonials on his personal ‘gold standard’ of service and exceptional sales results. If you’ve never met an estate agent you liked, we’d love the opportunity to change your mind about our profession – and if you’re wondering about the value of your home, book in to meet Paul today.

We are giving away two Diamond VIP tickets to the Chiswick Proms Chiswick Does Comedy night featuring Jason Manford and Shappi Khorsandi on the evening of Friday 7th June which includes comfortable, covered seating and a table in the VIP tent, champagne on arrival and entry to an intimate after-show drinks reception with the evening’s stars. Book your conversation and property valuation with W4 Sales Director Paul Cooney for your opportunity to win the two tickets worth £260; we’ll be drawing our winners on Friday 31st of May. For an intelligent approach to your property, we’re at your service. Call our Chiswick office on 020 8996 5120 to arrange your valuation.

We joined the best of the area’s local businesses at town hall summit


H&F Means Business event is one of the best ways to boost your business locally. We had a blast!

The Horton and Garton team turned out in force for yesterday’s excellent H&F Means Business  event at the town hall.

The annual business support event, organised by Hammersmith & Fulham Council, always attracts some of the best local businesses – both large and small – for a day of networking and learning.

The free event has helped hundreds of local traders (including Horton and Garton) take their business to the next level with expert one-on-one advice, networking opportunities, seminars and support from local suppliers.

This event is part of the council’s Industrial Strategy to bring economic growth to everyone in the borough. Stephen Cowan, Leader of H&F Council, wants the borough to be the best place in Europe to work, live and socialise.

“It was another excellent event and a big credit goes to the council for being proactive about supporting local businesses,” said John Horton, founder of Horton and Garton.

“The Bianca Sainty of Pod Fitness health, mind and body session and the social media session from Francene Mullings were both highlights. And it was great to meet with the event organiser Nicki Burgess, Paul Kelly and Ted Wigzell of YBC - Your Business Community please add link in who meet and network with many local businesses regularly in Hammersmith.

“You can see me stretching out with Bianca here. This was before Bianca won a bottle of prosecco from our sales manager Martin for the closest guess in our ‘Guess the house price’ game. I’m thinking about offering her a job!”

 

Give your business a boost at H&F Means Business event


Do you own or run a local business? Or do you need a hand in starting your own venture, attracting new customers or expanding? If so, come to H&F Means Business.

The annual business support event, organised by H&F Council, returns to Hammersmith Town Hall on Wednesday (3 April) from 9am to 5pm.

The free event has helped hundreds of local traders – including Horton and Garton – take their business to the next level with expert one-on-one advice, networking opportunities, seminars and support from local suppliers.

Book an appointment for personal advice from an expert on accounting, law, marketing, sales, business development, funding and much more.

The event sees hundreds of local business owners, managers, start-ups and entrepreneurs together at the sixth Hammersmith & Fulham Means Business.

During the day, you can attend seminars, participate in speed and open networking, get free and professional 1:1 advice and go around the exhibition.

This event is part of the council’s Industrial Strategy to bring economic growth to everyone in the borough. H&F Council wants the borough to be the best place in Europe to work, live and socialise.

Seminars

Free business seminars will be held on a variety of topics, ranging from finance to social media and marketing to business growth.

1:1 Advice Clinic

Covering a wide range of subjects, our 1:1 advisers are on hand to guide and help you through business situations you may not have experience in.

Networking

With two speed-networking sessions and informal networking across the day, there will be plenty of opportunities to meet your next client, supplier, partner or friend. Speed networking allows you to meet a lot of people in a quickfire and fun way – make sure that you have your elevator pitch sorted and that you have plenty of business cards.

Exhibitions

More than 40 exhibitors will be on hand in at the town hall, including:

-Council Departments – Learn how the council can proactively support your business

-Product & Service Providers – Find the latest ways to help your business grow

-Support Groups – Advice, guidance, protection and more.

For more details and to register, click here 

Keeping up to speed #2 – A running blog by John Horton


I blame all the sights for distracting me! ...How I fared in the London Landmarks half marathon 

Sunday (24 March) was a beautiful day for a run. And for the first time, I ran the London Landmarks half marathon
 

I fell just short of my PB and my wish to complete the course in under 1 hour and 50 minutes – I blame the sights for distracting me! Nevertheless, I'll now be signing up again to LLH 2020

If nothing else, I feel very proud to have finished 2040th out of 13,000 runners! It was all for a great cause as I raised money for the Alzheimer's Society charity, which is close to my heart.

The event organisers and all the volunteers, musicians, street acts, dancers and drummers were all superb. Not to mention the cheering on of the charities and the great British London public.

It was a truly fantastic experience and to be brutally honest... I am really aching today!

 

Keeping up to speed – A running blog by John Horton


It's running time! 

In preparation for my London Landmarks half marathon this Sunday (24 March) I decided to warm up with the Stafford half marathon this past weekend.
 
I raced with my brother - he beat me by five minutes! - and an old friend. I managed a fair time of 1hr 51min 22sec. Our before - and after - pics are below...

My time was two minutes off my PB, however it was not the flattest of runs. Plus I was holding back for this weekend's run.
 
Watch this space for a further details. I am running for a very worthy cause and charity - the Alzheimer's Society.
 

Double sell outs for screenings of ‘Two Sides of a Street’


The screenings raised funds for the Grove Neighbourhood Centre in the heart of Brackenbury Village.

A Royal Ballet star, a man who owns a share in a race horse, and a peer’s daughter now live side by side with old folks who’ve rented their houses all their lives.

This was the basis for the acclaimed BBC TV documentary Two Sides of a Street which was broadcast in 1989 and was screened twice at the Grove Neighbourhood Centre on Tuesday (29 January).

After the screenings, GNC committee member and local resident Dede Millar paid tribute to Horton and Garton for sponsoring the event.
 
"On behalf of the GNC, we are hugely appreciative of local independent estate agent Horton and Garton for their generous support in promoting and sponsoring the double SELL OUT performances of Two Sides of a Street, a humorous and nostalgic look into the lives of the Brackenbury community filmed 30 years ago," she said.
 
"Everyone loved the film which brought our local community of Brackenbury together, which is at the heart of the GNC and supported by John and all the staff at Horton and Garton."
 
While John Horton added: "These performances would not be possible without Dede’s commitment and dedication. And I’m sure Dede’s old friend and neighbour John Pitman will be here in spirit nodding his approval and enjoying the replay of his BBC documentary."

The screening served as a tribute to John Pitman, who produced and narrated the documentary. John was a long-time resident of Brackenbury Village, who sadly passed away last year.

All funds raised will go towards the GNC, based in Bradmore Park Road.

Two screenings of ‘Two Sides of a Street’ will raise funds for the Grove Neighbourhood Centre


A real-life soap opera is unfolding in Cardross Street in the heart of Brackenbury Village.

A Royal Ballet star, a man who owns a share in a race horse, and a peer’s daughter now live side by side with old folks who’ve rented their houses all their lives.

This was the basis for the acclaimed BBC TV documentary Two Sides of a Street which was broadcast in 1989 which will be screened twice at the Grove Neighbourhood Centre (GNC) on Tuesday 29 January.

Two Sides of a Street (40 minutes duration) is a humorous and nostalgic glimpse into our community, of which the GNC is at the heart.

The screening will also be a tribute to John Pitman, who produced and narrated the documentary. John was a long-time resident of Brackenbury Village, who sadly passed away last year.

All funds raised will go towards the GNC, based in Bradmore Park Road. The event is sponsored by local independent estate agent, Horton and Garton.

Screenings are at 4pm and 7pm. Tickets are £10 and include tea and cake (4pm) or a glass of wine (7pm). And to keep the celebrations rolling, The Andover Arms is offering 20% off bottled beer, house wine and food.

Tickets are available at the GNC now. For more details, call 020 8741 3321 or email: gnc@groveneighbours.org.uk

L’Amorosa in Hammersmith retains coveted Michelin award


Behind a restrained King Street facade is a temple to fine Italian dining that has been recognised by the ultimate food authority for the third year on the trot.

L’Amorosa’s Bib Gourmand award (the ‘bib’ refers to Bibendum, the cuddly Michelin Man) means it is now the only restaurant in Hammersmith & Fulham so honoured, delighting chef Andy Needham, the jovial Yorkshireman who made the borough his home 12 years ago.

Unlike formal Michelin stars, Bibs reward well-cooked meals made with seasonal produce in more laid-back surroundings and, crucially, represent value for money. A three-course lunch is around £25... but you’d easily pay double that for comparable quality in other establishments.

Many dishes at L’Amorosa trace their heritage to the Michelin-starred Zafferano restaurant in SW1, where Andy made his name as head chef for 15 years. But he prefers cooking for Hammersmith than for Belgravia’s ‘gold-plated Bugatti’ brigade.

“Seriously, it’s ‘real’ here,” he said. “I love it here; I like the feel of the place. It’s homely. I got to the point in Belgravia that I needed a change. I live in Stamford Brook, and before that I was in Brackenbury Village; my kids are at the local schools.”

Andy said that it used to be possible to recognise award inspectors as they’d sit alone, and only drink water. Now it’s harder. They often turn up as couples and have a glass of wine!

Value for money is the key measure for qualifying for a Bib Gourmand. Meals must be under £28 for three courses, bringing the restaurant into the affordability bracket of a wider public.

L’Amorosa, midway between Ravenscourt Park and Stamford Brook tubes, was opened in a former coffee shop. “I look forward to the changing seasons,” said Andy. “As a neighbourhood restaurant, that’s important. It means that each time people come back there are [menu] changes.”

Salad days

Now 46, he began his culinary career as an apprentice chef at the Savoy, chopping veg with 110 other chefs, including the young Marcus Wareing.

His cookery education took him to Paris and St Tropez, where he learnt the discipline of French cuisine. But his real love was ‘seasonal, refreshing Italian food’. He learned the cookery and the languages and, at the Michelin-starred Zafferano, employed 25 Italian chefs under him. The regional style of Italian cooking fits well with England’s regions, he argues.

He’s completely at home in H&F. “I’ve lived here 12 years, and I love it. We see a fascinating mix of people. I know people from my children’s schools. You get to know people in a way that you didn’t in Belgravia,” he said.

With just 40 covers, there’s an intimacy to L’Amorosa, which is split over two levels. “It’s small enough for me to come out and meet people,” he said, adding that the Bib Gourmand award was a tribute to the tight team he has around him.

“It’s a team effort, and it’s about the whole package,” he said. “Food should be served with a smile and a conversation.”

All about the ingredients

Ingredients are, as every chef will tell you, key. Homemade pasta such as the canoe-shaped cavatelli go beautifully with a coating of rich tomato, meat and herb sauce in this little centre of excellence in W6, especially after a cured meat starter, drizzled with balsamic. And the panna cotta and honeycomb dessert merits an article on its own.

The Michelin inspectors describe it as “a warm, sunny Italian restaurant; one that we’d all like to have in our high street”, praising the produce quality.

L’Amorosa is located at 278 King Street. Call 020 8563 0300 or visit www.lamorosa.co.uk

We sold more homes in Hammersmith and Shepherds Bush than anyone else


It’s official. Our expert independent team sold more homes last year in W6 and W12 than any of our local competitors.

The figures – just released by Rightmove, the UK’s leading platform for home sales – show that 2018 was once again a stellar year for our Hammersmith-based firm.

“It’s clear that our clients still trust our honest advice amidst all the political and economic uncertainties in London,” said John Horton, founder of Horton and Garton.

“There are still tough times ahead – but if you want to buy a home or take the first steps to becoming a landlord, there’s still time to give us a call.”

Rightmove statistics

According to the Rightmove sales figures, Horton and Garton clearly outperformed its local competitors.

In the Hammersmith post code area W6 0 (which includes Brackenbury Village, Hammersmith Grove, Ravenscourt Park and Stamford Brook) our team sold more properties in 2018 than the second, third and fourth place agents combined!

Widen the map, and Horton and Garton again outperformed its competitors across all of Hammersmith – selling 33% more homes than their closest competitor.

Widen it even further, and Rightmove declares Horton and Garton the outright local champions by declaring us ‘the market leading agent for properties sold in W6 and W12 combined’.

See for yourself. Here are the just-released results from Rightmove:

RIGHTMOVE SALES REPORT / HAMMERSMITH POST CODE W6 0

RIGHTMOVE SALES REPORT /  HAMMERSMITH POST CODES W6 0 + W6 7 + W6 9

RIGHTMOVE SALES REPORT / W6 + W12 POST CODES

What’s the difference?

The main difference between Horton and Garton and its local competitors is their unrivalled knowledge of the area and their extensive training.

John insists that his staff live locally. And makes sure all his team are fully accredited with the NFOPP, NAEA and ARLA schemes.

“Ultimately, it’s the people that make an area,” John added. “And I hope residents think of us as the trusted local agent that’s an important part of the fabric of Hammersmith and Shepherds Bush. If we can continue to achieve that, I’m happy.”

HAPPY NEW YEAR one and all!


A New Year's message from John Horton 

HAPPY NEW YEAR one and all!

Welcome to 2019. And here's to another positive, prosperous and a happy New Year to one and all from the Horton and Garton team.

The office has re-opened after the holidays. And I will be updating my blog with a full market review of 2018 and my predictions and expectations for 2019 shortly. Watch this space...