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Freemont.qxp_feature 2 17/03/2015 11:01 Page 131 PROPERTY MANAGEMENT: FREEMONT PROPERTY MANAGEMENT believes in and ensures by putting into practice what it knows from experience works. It’s also achieved by appointing a like-minded team and partnering with a supply chain that’s known to work effectively. That’s essential, particularly for a start-up operation that chose to provide a nationwide service rather than taking the easy option of remaining local. Having done so, everyone then has to contribute to the success and growth of the business. “It’s basically meant the directors in many cases doing some of the jobs on site to understand in detail what people do day to day. If we have a scheme manager missing, one of our directors may fulfil that function and there’s no better way to learn than actually doing the job. In any start-up, it’s about mucking in and being prepared to do anything and that’s what they have done. As we get bigger and more structured, people will stick with their speciality but they’re going to be grounded into things they wouldn’t normally experience.” by acquisition. But any growth, admits Nigel, will have to be controlled to maintain service levels: “So far we’ve managed to cope with a number of issues and, although we have schemes in Bristol, Swansea, London and Cheshire, we have been able to deal with that quite effectively and the service hasn’t suffered. We’re trying to grow in a structured way and respond to the work that comes our way. But the intention, through our five-year business plan, is to grow into a major business and the idea is to have controlled and structured growth and to be a substantial player in the residential market.” Telephone: 01590 421159 ORGANIC GROWTH The experience of the four directors and staff has enabled mistakes from previous companies to be eradicated, advantage to be taken of achievements and the business to be started on an entirely new basis. Having progressed well so far, the aim is to expand through organic growth and, in due course, BUILDING DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION MAGAZINE 131