Sam Sproston is celebrating a personal landmark at Knight Frank Wandsworth.
“12 Years! I am immensely proud to have hit another milestone at this amazing firm. I joined the Knight Frank Wandsworth team in 2007, on the back of three years working for another agent in St John’s Wood and four years prior to that working in Clapham Old Town. It was like coming home, as it was coming home! I grew up on Westover Road, just off Wandsworth Common and have continued to live in the area.
The Knight Frank financial year came to close on Friday the 29th of March. This year the market was often difficult to predict but on the whole, we advised correctly and got a record number of clients moving home and on to their next chapters. We are super proud of our achievements but couldn’t have done it without a great team here on Bellevue Road and our amazing clients. So THANK YOU. We have had a bit of luck along the way and also felt unlucky at times, which is normal but it seemed fair! We do love what we do and take a seat deal of pride in each sale. I personally find it extremely rewarding to be able to tell the story of the last sale to the next potential client.
I’ve now been in charge here for over six years and the one just gone was our best yet. Luke (Pender-Cudlip, my old boss) set some solid foundations and established a strong foothold in the local market especially around the common. As a result of these foundations, we have seen our turnover increase circa 75% and amazingly we are 17% up on last year’s profit. A great result considering the market conditions, which are generally being described as the most challenging in a decade.
Whilst work is of the utmost importance, I have also thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the local business community and have sat as chair of the Bellevue Road Traders Association, alongside Olivier (Olivier’s Lounge) for the last few years. Helping organise the Bellevue Summer fair every year is immensely satisfying and we have seen the event grow and improve over the years. We are trying to organise more Christmas events and boost the profile of the road. Wandsworth Council has been very supportive in our quest and I think the new pavements they have installed are a massive improvement.
There are some fabulous independent shops along the road which we hope continue to be successful and potentially attract more traders to the community. It would be great to think that one day we could have a butcher and a baker again! It’s been amazing to see how well Flotsam and Jetsam have done and I’m confident there can be many more success stories.
Another big focus for us is our charity work and this year we have tried to diversify those we support. It is important to me that we try to promote those that are local and personal to us, along with the official charities the firm sponsors. Whilst we will continue to help the Trinity Hospice we also found new friends at Ickle Pickles Children’s charity and St Paul’s Cancer Support Centre. Last year I raised money for the Rainbow Trust Children’s charity by doing a skydive and every other year the firm rallies together to raise money on our ‘Day of Giving’. We will be launching details of this year’s ‘Day of Giving’ shortly, so please do ask us for the details of our chosen charities should you like to support our efforts. In 2017 we raised just over £400,000 as a group.
Within the office, we have had some changes too. We have welcomed Natasha Edney and Michael Britt to the team and said goodbye to Federica Monaco, who is going to spend more time with her family and Becky has relocated back to the Wimbledon Village office. Federica and Becky Manwaring built a loyal following in the community and I have no doubt Natasha and Michael will do the same.
I’m really looking forward to the year ahead with all the work we are doing, not just selling homes!”
We hope to share the journey with you all (you can follow us on Instagram @SWagent.ss) and of course, if you need any advice, I would be delighted to help!