Jo Eccles has spent the past 13 years building her business, from its initial beginnings as a pure buying agency back in 2006 into a search and management offering of the highest quality. ‘She’s smart, and very switched-on – in fact, brilliant,’ a peer says of her. ‘No client or requirement is the same and that’s one of the many things I love about my job,’ says Eccles. ‘We may be buying a trophy family home, building a long-term buy-to-let portfolio with inheritance proceeds or for children, or advising on how to achieve the best yields on a rental portfolio.’ It’s clearly working: 65 per cent of SP Property Group’s clients are repeat or ongoing clients, and the firm has built an especially good relationship among the leading private banks and law firms. ‘We are immensely proud of our track record for gaining our clients access to properties they would never otherwise know about and for expertly negotiating the best outcome,’ says Eccles. It has been a big year for SP Property Group’s property management business, with the value of rental properties it manages on behalf of landlords now more than £1 billion. The firm also recently won a 221-unit block management contract for luxury developer Lodha UK’s latest development.