Purplebricks director makes move to 'next-gen' lettings agency
Next generation letting agency Accommodation.co.uk has made a number of hires at its Manchester head office as the company launches across the UK.
Former Purplebricks academy director Michael Booth is the latest to join the growing team.
He will help to recruit and train licensed business partners – known as local lettings consultants – alongside former Belvoir business development manager Clive Tomlinson, who has over 30 years of lettings experience.
“Accommodation.co.uk’s mission to become the most loved lettings agency in the UK by delivering an outstanding service to landlords and tenants really appealed to me,” said Booth.
“The industry has long needed change and I firmly believe that we will be the ones to do it.
“Well-known lettings agencies have focused too much on being online, neglecting to remember that what landlords and ‘generation rent’ really want is efficiency, customer service and a high level of professionalism.
“Letting out your home or finding a new place to live is a huge decision, so we want to be there to support tenants and landlords alike.”
“I firmly believe that we will ease the traditional burdens that other estate and lettings agencies have placed on their franchisees, landlords and subsequently, tenants.”
The first Purplebricks lettings territory owner in Scotland, Julie Findlater, has also moved from the agency to become a property manager at Accommodation.co.uk.
Baktash Noori recently joined the company as product owner, having made the move from London-based brand asset management company Notamvis where he worked as a software engineer and assistant technology manager.
Matthew Pickup has also been appointed as marketing manager. Matthew previously worked as digital marketing coordinator at MCR Property Group, a longstanding real estate investment and development company with offices in Manchester, London and Birmingham.
Aaron Short, co-founder of Accommodation.co.uk, said: “We’re passionate about building teams of highly experienced and skilled property, IT and marketing professionals so I’m really pleased with the team that we’re building.
“Michael, Julie, Baktash and Matthew bring a wide range of skills and knowledge to the table and it’s exciting to see that while we’re still a young business, highly experienced professionals from some of the biggest businesses in the UK are choosing to work with us and believe in our mission.
“We’ve steadily built a backend team at Accommodation.co.uk based on the best talent, and now that we’ve launched it’s crucial that we continue to make the very best hires.”