YOUNG FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR CELEBRATES FOUR YEARS IN CHELTENHAM BUSINESS AND FIRST AWARD WIN
A young Bristol mum who has been running her business for only four years scooped a prestigious prize in the Property Management 50 Awards. Jodie Fraser (36) Managing Director of Fraser Allen Estate Management was entered into her very first awards competition and came away a winner in the Property Managers category.
Over 450 nominations were received, so the judges – all of whom were winners in last year’s awards – had quite a challenge in choosing this year’s overall winners. Jodie said: “I was nominated by others in the industry and clients I work with. A form was completed, which gave an opportunity to say why I deserved the award. I am delighted with the win. It was totally unexpected.” The Property Management 50 Awards citation read: “Jodie always considers her customer’s needs and then takes it one step further. Her attention to detail, insight into future needs and commitment to her personal CPD is second to none. I’ve never met someone so focused and driven to provide the best service.” Jodie said: “Property management is a team effort and I believe that all those involved in the company are also winners.”
The Property Management Awards, which span six categories: Property Managers, Influencers, Build to Rent, Rising Stars, Suppliers and Legends, were created in 2019. This year it was hoped that the awards would help to acknowledge the dedication that has been shown in the property industry during the pandemic as well as earlier in the year before lockdown. Due to the Covid-19 crisis, Jodie’s trophy is being sent to her in the post and the awards presentation ceremony will have to take place at a later date.
Fraser Allen Estate Management, that specialises in residential block management and now has offices in Bristol and Cheltenham, was incorporated on 2nd August 2016 and started trading 18 months later. Jodie explained: “For the first 18 months after I incorporated the business, it was important to me to do the ground work and really understand what my clients wanted from a Managing Agent before I actually started trading. During this time, I was also caring for my grandfather who had cancer and my grandmother who suffers with dementia. It has always been my dream to run my own business and I am really proud of what has been achieved in a short space of time.” Jodie believes that having offices locally in both Bristol and Cheltenham gives her clients a sense of confidence that they are dealing with a local agent and not a big corporation miles away.
So what is next for award-winning Fraser Allen Estate Management? Jodie says that having recently celebrated four successful, diverse and exciting years in the industry, she would love to expand into Bath, Swindon, along the M5 corridor to Worcester and maybe even the Birmingham/Shropshire areas where Jodie has family. It is in her make-up to be driven and ambitious and she believes she owes her success to genuinely caring about her clients and residents and understanding their needs. “I don’t see the properties I manage as buildings” she said, “but as homes that need to be looked after.”
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