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Many happy returns - the largest independent land and property auctioneers in the south marked its 25th anniversary with toasts and laughter with more than 550 property professionals, including from across Hampshire, attending a celebration lunch by Clive Emson Auctioneers.

The company, which works with local estate agencies and regularly sells properties and land in the Portsmouth region, holds eight rounds of auctions at four locations on consecutive days every six weeks, from Kent to Cornwall. 

In the last year £130 million of land and property has been sold, with an 80per cent-plus success rate and more than £700,000 being paid in commission to local estate agents.

Auctioneers at the firm, including Rob Marchant in Hampshire will be familiar to many of us on BBC’s Homes under the Hammer TV series.

The silver jubilee anniversary event, which included stand-up Cornish comedian Jethro, was held at the Kent County Showground, Maidstone, the town where the firm is headquartered.

Founder Clive Emson established the auction house in October 1989, being the first in the country to do so without being tied to multi-office estate agencies.

He said: ‘By concentrating purely on auctions we were able to offer a service to some of the clients of 95% of the agents without an auctioneering facility.

‘It was a first – and a very risky concept in unchartered waters.

‘We were soon supported by the independents, who did not see us as a threat but as a unique opportunity to offer 
a wider choice to their clients.’

For further information on the unique marketing package available through the firm, please contact the local Whiteley Office on 01489 564606.