An Oxford-based lettings agent has been named Franchise of the Year in a national competition.

Martin & Co won the title in awards sponsored by industry publication The Negotiator Magazine.

In the same awards, held at London's Park Lane Hilton, Martin & Co owner Claire Urwin reached the final of Rising Star of the Year category.

Bob Urwin, of Martin & Co, said: "We are delighted to be part of an award-winning brand.

“Martin & Co Oxford joined the franchise back in 2006 and our staff have worked hard to develop the brand in Oxfordshire."