The two most prominent politicians in Hillingdon paid a visit to a successful estate agency on Friday 1 February.
Leader of Hillingdon Council, Ray Puddifoot MBE, was joined by Boris Johnson, the MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip.
The pair visited Gibbs Gillespie in Uxbridge and were given a tour of the agency’s refurbished offices, dedicated training centre and property management hub.
The agency has invested heavily in its staff’s training and development and is confident of its future despite Brexit uncertainty.
James Gibbs said: “We were delighted to host Ray and Boris and show them what we do and what steps we’ve taken to invest in our business and our staff. Both were complete gentlemen and very friendly and made time to meet our teams.
“We’ve been in business since 1991 and we see no reason why 2019 shouldn’t be a good year for us and for the local property market. We invested a lot of money in the training centre because we work in a highly competitive industry and need a highly skilled team to continue to deliver fantastic customer service.
“Boris and I discussed Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) and we both agreed it is an excessive tax on homes and needs to be reformed. Reducing it will help buyers and sellers and just as importantly boost the broader economy at a time when the economy needs it.”
Boris Johnson MP said: “It’s great to see a local business doing so well. They have invested in a full refurbishment of their offices and invested heavily in staff development in order to provide great customer service.”
Councillor Puddifoot said: “It was a pleasure to learn about what Gibbs Gillespie are doing to grow their business and create more jobs for local people.”