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Chris Taylor, senior valuation manager at Castles Residential Sales and Lettings, recently celebrated ten years of service to the business.

Chris joined Castles, one of Swindon’s leading independent estate agents, in 2006 as a negotiator. He then worked his way through the ranks, holding the roles of senior negotiator, assistant branch manager and branch manager before taking up his current post.

Reflecting on Chris’s time at Castles to date, Mark Noble, the company’s founder and managing director, said: “Since joining us a decade ago, Chris has been a great asset to Castles. He has tremendous enthusiasm for the business and a wealth of experience. In an era where people change jobs more often than ever, we value Chris’s loyalty very highly. Here’s to the next ten years.”

Chris added: “Castles is an amazing company is to work for. I’m fortunate to have spent such a significant part of my career here, as I’ve been a part of a great success story. The years have flown by, so I’m looking forward to many more ahead.”


As you may have seen, our very own MD Mark Noble is the new Chapter President at Read BNI. This fantastic news has now been featured by many publications including The Business Exchange and Swindon Business News. Click the links to read the full articles! 


Our very own Mark Noble, managing director here at Castles Residential Sales and Lettings, is the new Chapter President at Read BNI, part of the world's largest referral organisation. 

Mark was elected to the role in February 2016 after being nominated by many of his fellow members and officially took the reins in April 2016.

BNI has over 185,000 members in over 60 countries worldwide. The Read Chapter has referred £791,853 worth of business in the past 12 months to its 31 members. During this period, Mark held the important position of Membership Co-ordinator for the Chapter.

As President, Mark will help Read BNI surpass the £1 million mark in referred business.

BNI members, on average, increase their business by 20 per cent in their first year. The Read Chapter is a dynamic, committed group of business people who know how to refer business to each other. 

Speaking about the presidency, Mark said: “I’m really delighted to have been elected to lead this dynamic group. BNI has helped me grow Castles quickly and effectively and it’s great to network with likeminded and driven individuals.”

Read BNI meetings take place every Wednesday morning at Hotel Campanile Swindon. See more information about Read BNI here.



Castles Residential Sales & Lettings has reaffirmed its commitment to the Swindon community by becoming a sponsor of Croft Junior Football Club (JFC).

The company, one of the town’s leading estate agents, has agreed to sponsor the club’s Under 15 Red team for the remainder of this season and the 2016 / 17 season.

The deal will see the Castles logo appear on the player’s shirts and jackets and the club’s website. Castles will also have a pitchside advertising banner at the club’s Croft Sports Centre home in Swindon Old Town.

Founded in 1972, Croft JFC fields football teams for local children aged 6-21. It’s affiliated to the English Football Association and has 19 teams playing in local Swindon and Wiltshire leagues.

Croft JFC U15 Red plays in the North Wiltshire Youth Football League Division 1, where it currently sits in third place. The team has also reached this year’s Wiltshire County FA Minor Cup (U15) final, which will be played at Stanley Park, Chippenham (date TBC).

Speaking of the sponsorship,
Mark Noble, founder and managing director of Castles, said: “As a business firmly rooted in Swindon, we want to support our local community. And like Castles, Croft JFC U15 Red has had a terrific 2015/16 so far, so it makes perfect sense for us to give this team our support the rest of this season and next season. We’ll be cheering the team on loudly and wish them to best of luck.”

The sponsorship deal is worth
£900 to Croft JFC with the fee being split 50/50 between Castles and independent mortgage advice provider, Mortgage Advice Bureau Swindon.

With over 220 customer reviews on, Castles enjoys an overall customer rating of 4.8 out of 5. The business is ranked 97 out of 14,590 UK estate agents on the site as of 21 March 2016.

It was handpicked by Cartus, the world’s premier provider of relocation services as Swindon’s only relocation agent and was selected for memberships with The Guild of Professional Estate Agents and The Relocation Agent Network.

The company won the Wiltshire Small Business of the Year award in 2007 and The Relocation Agent Network’s Best Agent regional award for Wiltshire in 2011 and 2012. In 2014, Castles finished runner-up and received a commendation in the latter award.

Last year, Castles won two awards at the 2015 allAgents Awards. The company took home the prizes for the best sales agent and the best lettings agent in Swindon.

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