A young entrepreneur from County Durham has climbed the ladder from apprentice to manager to become the youngest ever franchisee with a national estate agency.
Ella Steadman-Lloyd, 20, is the latest recruit to open a sales and letting agency with Hunters, the UK’s fastgrowing independent estate agency group, in her hometown of Bishop Auckland.
With backing from her family, Miss Steadman-Lloyd has set up her first business with a team of two – Caitlyn Nelson as customer service manager and Rosie Kluz as sales & lettings negotiator.
The former Wolsingham Six Form pupil left school at 18 and went onto an apprentice scheme to study business management before training as a financial underwriter.
She said: “I am really excited about my first endeavour into the property sector and am thrilled to be making this step of having my own business with Hunters.
“I have a finance background and I wanted to try something new, and as the property market is so active at the moment I thought it was a great time to get involved.
“I have chosen a young, enthusiastic team to work with me at the branch. Together we will cater to buyers, tenants, vendors and landlords in our mission to deliver great service at a great price.
“I hope that we will take a fresh approach to estate agency and enliven the property scene here in Bishop Auckland. We already have a number of properties on our books – I am really excited about the future of the business.”
Established in 1992, Hunters Property Group has grown rapidly, both organically and through acquisitions, to become one of the UK’s largest independent estate agency networks, with over 105 UK branches.
Between them, the branches conduct around 10,000 sales and lettings transactions a year, and the firm also recently opened another branch in North Shields, taking the total of North East outlets to 16.
Andy Bushell, sales director at Hunters Property Group, said: “Ella is our youngest ever franchisee and it is great to have someone so eager and hard-working on board.
“As a franchisor, we will not only support Ella and her business in the key areas of marketing, technology, training and communication, but work in partnership with her to ensure that the business is a success.
“We are tremendously excited about the future of the Bishop Auckland branch and look forward to having them as part of our network.”