For Jill Griffiths, working exactly 25 years at the same agency is a cause for celebration - and her time serving the lettings industry shows how the rentals sector has grown hugely over the same period.
Jill is director of residential lettings at Andrew Granger & Co in Market Harborough, with her first day being May 31 1995.
“Within a month I went from working part-time to full-time due to how busy I was, and the lettings department flourished from there – we now manage properties for around 1,000 landlords across the East Midlands, making us the one of the largest independent lettings agency in Leicestershire” she says.
A former banker, Jill says one of the attractions of making the move to estate agency was the prospect of taking on a local and less stressful job - and she already had her own small portfolio of student lets in Northampton at the time.
“In the 25 years that I have been with the company it has grown immeasurably and I am proud to have been a part in the opening of the further two offices in Loughborough and Leicester … I think I can honestly say that I still enjoy the work as much as I did when I first started although a lot has changed and there are clearly far more rules and regulations now.
“I have both worked with and met some fabulous people over the years which I think has certainly made it all worthwhile and I’m very lucky to have such talented and dedicated staff who have helped me along the way including the loyal and committed team that I have with me now”.