Local estate agent Cardigan Bay Properties has been recognised as one of the top start-ups in the UK, beating off competition from across Wales to win the 2023 Rural StartUp of the Year Award.

The company was started in 2021 by local mums Helen Worrall and Tania Dutnell, with a commitment to provide a professional, ‘customer first’ service for both property buyers and sellers - something which can be seen across their reviews, all of which are five-star.

The success of their approach has seen the company double its market share over the last 12 months, as well as achieve an average sales exchange time frame of just 14 weeks. The national average is 19 to 20 weeks.

The company also won Start-Up of the Year at the prestigious Welsh FSB Awards earlier this year.

Commenting on their awards success, Tania Dutnell says: “We can’t quite believe the success we’re achieving so soon after our launch, and this latest award is recognition of all the hard work we’ve put into creating an estate agency that delivers a level of customer service that we are so proud of.

“In launching Cardigan Bay Properties we made a commitment to be open, honest and transparent, using our local knowledge and market expertise to do things in the very best way for our clients.

"We’re already seeing the results, with clients recommending us to others and reviews that reinforce our decision to do things differently.”

Cardigan Bay Properties was created to bring "an innovative, transparent approach to the estate agency market in West Wales", combining local knowledge, market expertise and online technology.

Both Helen and Tania are fully qualified agents and members of the National Association of Estate Agents, with a combined 28 years of estate agency experience in West Wales.

This in-depth understanding of the area, together with their professional, personal service is helping buyers and sellers of all types of residential and commercial properties across the region.

A key element of Cardigan Bay Properties is their combination of traditional and online estate agency services, enabling them to offer clients a more dynamic approach to buying and selling properties.

Cardigan Bay Properties is also committed to giving back to the local community and throughout 2023 they are supporting Cardigan Cancer Care.

The Wales final was held at Depot in Cardiff and saw 35 different awards given out to new businesses in categories such as Graduate StartUp of the Year, Business to Business Services StartUp of the Year and Social Enterprise StartUp of the Year.

The StartUp Awards is a collaboration between the founders of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards - an established programme nationally receiving over 5,000 applications annually - and the Wales Start-Up Awards, the only regional awards currently celebrating new businesses.