“Manchester has constantly been a hotbed for start-up businesses…Throughout the city, there are different pockets, all with their own atmosphere, so there’s certainly somewhere for everyone to find the perfect spot for their business.”
Founded on the belief that estate agents could do a lot better, Ascend has a professional team with a deep-rooted, decade-long knowledge of the property sector. As a group of quick thinkers and good listeners, Ascend understand that great service isn’t just about experience and expertise; it’s also about keeping the promises they make. Before founding Ascend, Ged previously spent over a decade as the driving force behind Manchester property agency Curtis and Baines. During this time Ged played a key part in the sell-out of some of the city’s most notable schemes including The Point, a £20 million development in New Islington. In 2014, Ged sold the business to Countrywide whilst remaining as their lettings director. Fast forward two years, Ged returned to the city centre to spearhead the growth of Ascend Properties. His leadership, together with an unrivalled knowledge of the Manchester property market has heavily contributed to the success of such a young agency.
What makes Manchester a great place to start a business?
For a number of years, Manchester has constantly been a hotbed for start-up businesses and it’s not hard to see why. Throughout the city, there are different pockets, all with their own atmosphere so there’s certainly somewhere for everyone to find the perfect spot for their business. The Northern Quarter probably seems the most obvious choice as its cool and quirky and there’s a lot of younger people living there who tend to be big supporters of stand-alone businesses. So, I definitely think that’s a good spot to start if you’ve got a unique business idea.
What makes a great startup in 2018?
A great startup for me would be something that’s unique and can be tailored to a wider market. If someone wants to make a business work in 2018, I think they’ve really got to think about what their product is, how is it different to what someone else might already be doing and really think who their target market is, along with doing extensive market research into what potential competitors are doing. They’re definitely key factors to think about when putting a business plan together!
What are your business goals for the next 3 years?
Ascend is already growing at such a rapid rate. In just 2 years we’re already up to 4 flagship stores in some of the North’s key cities and we don’t plan on stopping there. Over the next 3 years, we aim to grow our portfolio massively with the number of properties we manage. We’d also like to open another store in another major city location, providing the demand is there. I’m excited for what the future has in store for Ascend.
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