[S]tory Homes kicked off their 30th anniversary year with a double celebration.
Founder and chairman Fred Story received the prestigious ‘Property Personality of the Year’ at the North West Insider property awards in Manchester on Thursday 26 January.
Judges said: “With a career in property spanning 30 years and a spell in football, judges hailed Fred Story as the ‘man of the match’ on the night. Fred Story founded Story Construction Ltd in 1987 after cutting his teeth as an engineer and contracts manager with two Carlisle-based companies. He’s had an illustrious career that has also taken him outside the property sector, with a spell as the owner of Carlisle United from 2004 to 2008. Today Story Homes has ambition to become one of the top 25 UK housebuilders”.
Fred joined Insider’s editorial director Miri Thomas on stage for an exclusive interview reflecting on his 30 year career spanning not only property but football too.
Speaking after the ceremony, Fred Story said: “It’s been great to reflect on the last 30 years, to focus on our future and discuss the challenges we face in the housebuilding industry. I am delighted that our success has been recognised and we will continue with our ambitious growth plans across Cumbria, South Scotland, the North West and North East.
“It was an honour to receive Property Personality of the Year and what a way to start our 30th year in the business. The credit really does go to my family and all the staff who have worked with me both in the past and present.”
Joel Durkin, features editor at North West Business Insider said on Fred winning Property Personality of the Year: “Insider consulted with our judges and with respected figures in residential property for this award. The judges were looking for the person deemed to have made the biggest difference to the residential property industry by leading from the front.”
The family owned business scooped another top accolade being named Housebuilder of the Year, with judges saying: “As Story Homes continues to grow, it was hard for our judges to look past the company’s breadth of high-quality schemes across the region.”
Fred added: “What an outstanding achievement to win Housebuilder of the Year at the start of our 30th anniversary year. We are celebrating the commitment of our hard-working team who deliver exceptional high quality homes throughout whilst delivering excellent customer service.”
This success follows on from the UK Property Awards where Story Homes scooped three awards. The company also retained its Home Builders Federation (HBF) 5* customer satisfaction rating for the third consecutive year.