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YORKSHIRE'S Linley & Simpson has struck gold in this year's hunt to find the UK's very best letting agencies.

The rental specialists - with a growing network of eight West and North Yorkshire offices - were crowned the best medium-sized agent in the North of England at the prestigious 'Lettings Agency of the Year' awards.

Founding directors Will Linley and Nick Simpson swopped homes for Holmes as they collected their prize from the dual Olympic gold medallist - Dame Kelly Holmes.

Judges described the company as "a thoroughly professional and knowledgeable agency" and praised its staff training programmes and the transparency of its accounting and compliance procedures which "set an example to the industry"

They added: "We are impressed with the heavy investment that has been made in all aspects of the business.

"Use of technology is embraced and run alongside exemplary customer standards to offer landlords and tenants a comprehensive range of services."

The award marks a rare double for the company which has offices at Harrogate, Wetherby, York, Ilkley, Wakefield and three in Leeds - last year it clinched the title of Best Small Letting Agent Chain in another major awards scheme, the ESTAs.

Director Will Linley said: "Thanks to the hard work of our staff, we have now been successful in the industry's top two awards schemes.

"The'Letting Agency of the Year' awards are the rental sector's own Olympics and every entrant is not only scrutinised by a panel of industry experts, but also put through its paces at an in-depth interview.

"The ESTAs are more customer-focused, and based solely on the independent feedback from our clients about out performance.

"We are delighted that our commitment to providing a quality service has now been recognised from both the industry and customer perspectives, and we look forward to building on this platform of success in the future as the letting sector nationwide continues to go from strength-to-strength."

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