Linley & Simpson team get on their bikes to help the homeless

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Ross Harding, (pictured) who heads up the Northgate office of Linley & Simpson, and colleagues Paul Bridgeman, Daniel Bond and Lynne Taylor, turned to pedal power as they toured all nine of the company’s Yorkshire branches in just 11 hours to help the homeless.

Their 110-mile route took them from Wakefield to branches in Leeds city centre, Roundhay, Wetherby, York, Ripon, Harrogate, Horsforth and finishing in Ilkley just as the Olympic torch was blazing its trail throughout the county arriving in Ilkley only hours later.

The saddle-sore foursome raised £1,500 in aid of the Estate Agency Foundation, which supports a range of charities that help the causes of homelessness.

The EAF is Linley & Simpson’s adopted charity of the year and the company has pledged to match pound for pound all the money that is raised, ensuring that the charity will benefit by a total of £3,000.

It was the second brush with Olympic fame within a month for the company – it recently struck gold for the second successive year in the hunt to find the UK’s very best letting agencies.

The independent rental specialists retained its title as the best medium-sized agent in the North of England at the prestigious ‘Lettings Agency of the Year’ awards.

Founding directors Will Linley and Nick Simpson were presented with the award by somebody else who is used to keeping hold of coveted awards – the four-time Olympic rowing champion Sir Matthew Pinsent CBE.

Judges described Linley & Simpson as “a great business with a good eye for detail that offers consistently high service standards for both landlords and tenants” and praised “its ability to slash its tenancy deposit dispute rate by one third year-on-year, resulting in just 44 disputes among 4,900 tenancies”.

Ross said: “Thanks to the hard work of all our staff, we have built on last year’s success in this competition by retaining our title – something that few, if any, agencies have achieved in the past.

“The ‘Lettings Agency of the Year’ awards are the rental sector’s own Olympics and every entrant is not only scrutinised by a panel of industry experts, but also put through its paces at an in-depth interview and subject to a mystery shopper visit.”