Businesswoman named one of UK’s Small Biz 100
Jodie Fraser, founder of Fraser Allen Estate Management has been named as one of the nation’s Small Biz 100 in a national campaign aimed at highlighting some of the UK’s most inspiring small businesses.
The 36-year-old, who has run her business managing the homes of residents in apartment blocks across Cheltenham, Bristol and London for the last four years, has also recently been named property manager of the year.
“I couldn’t believe that I’d been chosen for this honour so soon after winning an award within my own industry,” said Ms Fraser, whose office are in Cambray Place, Cheltenham.
“I fully support the aim of the Small Business Saturday campaign as it promotes the ethos of supporting independent small businesses, from retailers to local suppliers.
“Now, as one of the Small Biz 100, this year I plan to work with independent solicitor Andrew Turner from Hughes Paddison to offer a morning of my time to assist the general public with any queries they may have regarding property management and property law.
“I also plan to support small business by arranging a networking event where everyone involved is a local business, for example a photographer who can capture the event and a local baker who can provide cakes and refreshments. Watch this space.”
Ms Fraser said lockdown and the follow-on had been challenging as tenants came to terms with balancing the need to have their properties cleaned and maintained alongside the new social distancing requirements.
“We invested early on in good PPE, for both our staff and myself, and this helped reassure people, I think. I think that sent out the right message that we were looking out for them first, which is what my business is all about,” she said.
Marking 100 days building up to Small Business Saturday on December 5, 2020, the Small Biz 100 aims to provide “a major profile boost” to small businesses across the UK.
The campaign aims to support and celebrate a range of small, community driven businesses across the UK.
Michelle Ovens MBE, director of Small Business Saturday UK, said: “Congratulations to Jodie for joining the Small Biz 100! This campaign highlights the amazing, positive impact small firms have on communities across the UK.
“Given the phenomenally tough time small businesses have had, and the special role they played supporting communities in lockdown, it’s vital we continue to support them as this crisis continues.”
Now in its eighth year in the UK, Small Business Saturday has grown significantly each year, with a record turnout of 17.6 million people choosing to shop small on the day last year, generating an estimated £800m.