PORTSMOUTH Property Association has held its annual dinner, described by the organisation’s chairwoman as ‘an annual event looked forward to in my family over the years’.
Louisa Fairhall, who runs Gosport estate agency and lettings company Fairhalls, followed in her father’s footsteps to the top of the association, known as the PPA.
At the dinner on Friday, Louisa said there is ‘a vague light at the end of the tunnel’ for the industry.
She said: ‘The last few years in the property industry have been hard work for most, worrying times and not knowing when the economy is going to sort itself out puts a lot of pressure on small businesses especially.
‘Although the property market has picked up and there does seem to be a vague light at the end of the tunnel, the pressure is still on building faith back into the property and banking industries.
‘On the positive side there have been many new and redevelopments in the area giving jobs and boosting the market for sales, leasing and rentals.
‘It has been a great comfort during these times to have had the support of the members of the PPA, knowing that you can recommend to your clients, property professionals in all aspects of the industry and be confident that they will be treated with care and professionalism.
‘Having a small business myself the PPA also provides support in knowing other companies in your area are there to discuss issues and provide stable advice.’
The PPA has 150 members, including estate, lettings and property management agents, commercial property agents, chartered surveyors, accountants, solicitors and bankers in Portsmouth and the surrounding area.
The organisation has sponsored the Team of the Year category at The News’ annual Business Excellence Awards for the last two years.
Havant-based Dynamite won the PPA-sponsored award, and secured a hat-trick with Overall Business of the Year and Small/Medium Business of the Year.