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PREMIER Properties, a Bagshot-based housebuilder, is celebrating 20 years of business this year and is still going from strength to strength.

Over the years Premier has built up a reputation as one of the south's leading and most successful builders.

"Our first development, back in 1982, was a pair of four bedroom family houses in Yateley," recalls joint managing director Roger Sterry.

"Over the years we have built homes for every home-buying generation, from starter homes to retirement apartments."

Premier has won seven Evening Standard awards over the years, including a Best Development award in 2000 for its Lifestyle scheme at Collards Gate in Haslemere.

It has also contributed to many community projects and facilities.

Premier sponsors Surrey Heath Council's fleet of dial-a-ride buses and each year has taken pensioners from the Windle Valley Day Centre in Bagshot out for a special Christmas lunch party.

It has also raised many thousands of pounds through sponsored golf days, half marathons and bike rides for local charities.

Its annual charity golf day is a sell-out, raising more than £25,000 each year.

"We have been conscious about sharing our success with the community and particularly those groups that need help and support," says Roger Jelley.

The two Rogers started Premier Properties back in 1982 after selling their original company to a subsidiary of a major blue chip company.

When asked what has particularly changed in new homes over the years, Roger Jelley said: "People expect higher quality today and the standards just keep going up. That's what makes building new homes a continuing challenge and where we focus our energy."

As for a prediction for the next 20 years, the two Rogers are agreed: "The company will build on the foundations we have laid, and while we are not ready to retire just yet we know that when we do Premier will continue to stand for all that's good in new homes."

Premier appointed three new directors in September last year.

Mike Bond was appointed construction director, Mark Turner became land director and Christopher Watson became the new company secretary.

Our picture shows Premier Properties' management team outside their Bagshot offices. From left: Roger Sterry, Mike Bond, Mark Turner, Christopher Watson and Roger Jelley.


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