Ella Steadman-Lloyd, left, with her two members of staff, Caitlyn Nelson and Rosie Kluz
Hunters has announced its youngest-ever franchisee. She is Ella Steadman-Lloyd, aged 20, who has launched at Bishop Auckland, County Durham.
She left school at 18 and went on an apprentice scheme to study business management before training as a financial underwriter.
She has launched the Hunters franchise with some backing from her family.
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.
“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.”
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.”
* Hunters has also announced that Knightstone Estate Agents in Harborne, Birmingham, has rebranded following its merger with Hunters in the west midlands. Simon Redhead, Dean Meyrick and Andy Thomas will stay on as franchise owners.