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Friday 21 April 2017

The founder and chairman of Britain’s largest independent regional land and property auctioneer has been awarded a top civic honour.

Clive Emson was presented with the Kent Invicta Award for his outstanding achievements and charity work across the county.

He received the honour from Kent County Council Chairman Tom Gates in a ceremony during a full council meeting at County Hall, Maidstone.

Clive, who founded Maidstone-based Clive Emson Auctioneers in 1989 after decades of experience in then property business, was presented with a cheque for £5,000 for a Kent charity of his choice.

He said: “I am absolutely delighted and amazed to have been honoured in this way by my county. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect this award.

Well-known for hosting charity auctions right across the south and a familiar face on TV’s Homes Under The Hammer, Clive added: “It is an absolute privilege for me to be in the illustrious company of Invicta Award winners – and a great boost for charity.

He presented a cheque for £1,666 to the Young Lives Foundation, the charity that supports vulnerable children across Kent of which he is President.

Another third of the money will go to the Switch Cafe in Maidstone which looks after vulnerable young people in a safe environment during the day and early evening.

The other charity to benefit is the Young People's Fund which Clive and wife Sue set up two years ago to give immediate help, where necessary, to young and vulnerable people whose need falls outside the charitable gift criteria of established charities.

Cllr Gates said: “The Kent Invicta Award acknowledges and rewards people from across Kent who demonstrate outstanding achievement, act as an inspiration to others and who practice and encourage philanthropy within the community.

“Clive’s contribution and dedication to Kent is an example to all of us and I believe it is fitting that his achievements are recognised in this way.”

Clive, who lives near Ashford and has stepped back from the day-to-day running of the company in favour of son James, was last year presented with an outstanding achievement award at the Kent Excellence in Business Awards.

Clive Emson Auctioneers employs more than 50 people, is headquartered at Rocky Hill, Maidstone and holds a regional auction at five locations every six weeks.