LOCAL LETTING AGENCY OWNER MAKES FINALS OF THE PRESTIGIOUS ANNUAL RBS GREAT BRITISH ENTREPRENEUR AWARDS
EDINBURGH, August 1st 2019 – Delighted local entrepreneur and business owner, Laura Chapman makes it to the final of the 7th annual Great British Entrepreneur Awards.
Laura Chapman is one of six other business owners to have made it to the Scottish final in the category of ‘Service Industries Entrepreneur of the Year’ where the judges are looking for those who are leading the way in their industry – demonstrating commitment, flair and offering something unique in their field, as well as sustained customer experience and satisfaction.
Laura said about making it as a finalist, “I’m absolutely over the moon. Owning your own business is full of huge highs and unavoidable lows, this is one of those unexpected highs and I’m just really proud of this achievement, in fact, I’m absolutely buzzing!”
Laura started up Chapmans after quitting
her job in the finance industry. Her journey as an entrepreneur happened
completely by chance when her lovely neighbour, who was moving into care,
approached her for help in choosing which letting agent to use. Laura was so
concerned that she wouldn’t be well looked after, she ended up setting up
Chapmans a week later!!
Laura continued, “We are in Lettings…with such a strict Code of Practice (rightfully so) and in a highly regulated sector, one might think it could be very hard to think outside of the box and get creative with how you do business. For us, that has never been the case. I have an unstinting goal of providing the best service possible ‘The Chapmans’ Way’, with the friendliness, approachability and responsiveness of a small business with the best practice and processes of a larger corporate. And I believe this is what made me stand out to the judges and got me/Chapmans into the final.”
It hasn’t always been easy for Laura – she wasn’t from Scotland, didn’t have a ready-made network from attending school here and she wasn’t male – 3 major obstacles (Laura believes) to setting up a business in Edinburgh, in the property sector. 6 clients in year 1, 12 more in year 2 and she seriously wondered if she would ever make a living but 9 years on, 4 house moves and 2 children later, Laura is the proud owner of a 4.7 Google rated business and the extremely proud employer of 4 full-time and 2 part-time members of staff who daily, go above and beyond to deliver our values of integrity, professionalism, quality service, working in partnership and all in a friendly and approachable way!
“I’m excited about the actual awards later in the year, but to be honest, I already feel like a winner getting this far. And my clients, tenants, suppliers and of course team and family have helped me get to this point, and for that, I’m extremely grateful,” said Laura.
Chapmans is a small yet mighty top-ranked property management agency in Edinburgh. Building the business from scratch, Laura and her team are truly dedicated to each and every Landlord, Tenant and property that Chapmans looks after. Being a Landlord herself – Laura fully understands and acknowledges the good, the bad and the damn right stressful aspects that come with the territory.
About The GBEA Awards:
Founded in 2013, the Royal Bank of Scotland Great British Entrepreneur Awards acknowledges the hard work and inspiring stories of entrepreneurs and businesses in the United Kingdom.
It celebrates the incredible stories that have taken entrepreneurs to where they are today, regardless of size or turnover. The 2019 programme sees the Awards held in eight regions – Midlands, Wales, the South West, the North East, the North West, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and London & the South East.
Central to the ethos of the Royal Bank of Scotland Great British Entrepreneur Awards is being more than just ‘an awards ceremony’ – its sense of community, a thriving eco-system of support all year round, providing opportunities for winners and finalists to connect and showcase their business.
Revealing the finalists, founder of the Royal Bank of Scotland Great British Entrepreneur Awards, Francesca James, said: “With the changes to the format of the Awards, 2019 was always going to be an exciting year for us. But looking at the shortlist, I can safely say this is our strongest year yet. We have such a diverse range of businesses in terms of size and industry, and the calibre really is quite incredible.
“I wish each and every single finalist the very best of luck and look forward to welcoming them to the regional finals.”