Ex-servicemen in Plymouth who are part of a veterans only handyman service taking the UK by storm are teaming up with Mansbridge Balment Plymouth for the benefit of the estate agent’s clients.
Former Royal Navy man John Stephenson and Ian Rosevear, who served in the Army, are with Heroes4Hire, which has a collaboration with the agency to offer customers access to a variety of property related trades, for repairs and other services.
Heroes4Hire helps veterans pursue a new career opportunity as handymen, delivering a range of services, including painting and decorating, plumbing, carpentry, tiling, plastering and brickwork.
Ian, who lives in Plymouth, said: “It’s a fantastic company to work for, just like being in the army – only you don’t get shot at!”
Tony Carlton, Branch Manager at the Plymouth North Office in Woolwell, said Heroes4Hire is already working with a number of leading estate agency brands nationally, offering their services to both sales and lettings customers.
He believes they could offer real added value for clients of both Mansbridge Balment’s Plymouth North and City Offices.
“As we have a very strong services connection here in Plymouth, it is the perfect fit for us,” said Tony.
“Heroes4Hire is a very professional brand, which already has considerable experience in the property sector, so we are extremely confident in recommending their services to our customers.”
Launched in April 2017, Heroes4Hire is the brainchild of former RAF serviceman Nigel Blanchard, Founder & CEO of the company.
Nigel realised there was a gap in the market for a professional, handyman service built on the values of the armed forces and trialled the scheme initially in the North West of England, where he currently lives.
“It all started when I was living previously in Oxford and met a homeless guy who was selling his medals. It was then I decided I wanted to do something to help veterans find a new career after life in the services,” said Nigel.
“Within six months of launching, I had 24 veterans on board in the north and there was a real demand for the service, so it was soon time to move the army south.”
Ian,35, and 52-year-old John, who lives in Newquay, Cornwall, are now part of a 45 strong team of handymen working under three area managers, covering the North West, East Midlands, South England , as well as the South West.
“Plymouth is a good area to set up given the city’s association with service personnel and our target is to have a 100 veterans across the UK on board by the end of the year, both men and women” said Nigel.
“When people leave the service it tends to be that sense of family that they really miss and what we have been able to do with Help4Heroes is to create a new family for them to be a part of. It does feel like more of a family than a company.”