At just 25, Harry Drury, of We’ll Let Your House, is one of Spalding’s most successful young entrepreneurs, who won this newspaper’s Start-Up of the Year business award in 2011.
The firm he set up with a budget of £500 in October 2009 is now managing more than 300 rental properties on behalf of private landlords, within a 30-mile radius of Spalding.
Most are two, three and four-bedroom homes rented by families, others are blocks of flats.
We’ll Let Your House is this week expanding into a larger more client-friendly office with a street frontage at Broad Street Business Centre, and there are plans to move into new locations, possibly to Boston and Lincoln.
He said: “I worked for a local estate agent after leaving Spalding Grammar at 16 and studying business and financial management at Stamford College, and from there went on to manage a portfolio of properties for one company.
“I went into business early and was lucky with the experience I had so was able to establish myself.
“Lots of young people who’ve stayed in education longer are going for positions and not getting a start because they’re over-qualified.
“I’d advise anyone to go for an apprenticeship. Two of my staff joined as apprentices and have been taken on after qualifying.”
The new idea behind We’ll Let Your House was that it offered landlords two options – the traditional route of paying the company a management fee to take over responsibility for lettings, or accepting a free package whereby tenants pay towards the company’s services.