A REAL estate agency helping homeowners to sell by promoting energy efficiency has been named the 2011 Telstra ACT Business of the Year.
Luton Properties, which has 80 staff across seven offices, also won the Medium Business Award announced at a dinner in Canberra on Tuesday night.
Established in 1999 and headed by Richard Luton, the business focuses on environmental sustainability in its own office and encourages vendors to “green” their homes before sale by giving advice on home-energy audits.
Luton Properties, the city’s largest privately-owned real estate agency, has achieved 185 record suburb sales prices among its 6500 home sales during the past 11 years, with 270 sales in excess of $1 million.
Luton Properties’ green policy was recognised this year when it won the Real Estate Institute of Australia’s Excellence Award for Innovation.
Other winners were industry skills training organisation Learning Options (Micro-Business Award); coaching and business planning advisers; Interaction Consulting Group (Small Business Award); boutique recruitment company PCA People (Social Responsibility Award) and media and entertainment company Lucy Media (People’s Choice Award and Innovation Award), which operates a website portfolio including whosdatedwho.com
The winners will be judged against category winners from other States and the NT in the lead up to the national business awards in Melbourne on August 26.