Fi­u­ran Prop­erty launches Christ­mas char­ity give­away

The Oban Times - - BUSINESS NEWS -

Fi­u­ran Prop­erty is cel­e­brat­ing its fifth an­niver­sary with a char­ity give­away.

The firm, which is based in Oban and Fort Wil­liam, wants peo­ple to vote on its Face­book pages for one of four char­i­ties on each branch’s short­list: for Oban, Ar­gyll An­i­mal Aid, Ar­gyll Beats Car­dio­vas­cu­lar Dis­ease, Andy’s Man Club Oban and Alzheimer Scot­land; and, for Fort Wil­liam, Abbey­field, Dys­lexia Scot­land Lochaber, Ewen’s Room and the Glen­garry Cen­tre. The char­ity that re­ceives the most votes in each of Oban and Fort Wil­liam will ben­e­fit to the tune of £300.

Fi­u­ran Prop­erty was started in Oban by Laura and Gillies Pa­gan in 2013 and since its in­cep­tion, has grown con­sid­er­ably un­til, in 2017, it be­came the big­gest es­tate agent in the Oban area by vol­ume of sales.

Now 2018 has been a big year for Fi­u­ran Prop­erty, cel­e­brat­ing its fifth an­niver­sary and ex­pand­ing into Fort Wil­liam, which was a longheld am­bi­tion.

The ex­pan­sion into Fort Wil­liam was rel­a­tively smooth as it was backed by an es­tab­lished com­pany with a proven track record.

Ex­per­tise in prop­erty is es­sen­tial to the suc­cess of any es­tate agency, as mov­ing home can be one of the most stress­ful events in life.

The busi­ness can be as much about peo­ple as it is about prop­erty, and Kelie Cooper, who heads up the Fort Wil­liam op­er­a­tion, is an ex­pert at deal­ing in both. With a le­gal back­ground, and hav­ing lived in Lochaber for more than 30 years, she was the per­fect per­son to lead this ex­pan­sion.

Kelie said: ‘I’m de­lighted to be part of such a dy­namic com­pany that places so much em- pha­sis on cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion. Prop­erty has al­ways been a pas­sion of mine, and I’m thrilled to be able to work in this in­dus­try in my home area. Get­ting out and meet­ing clients and prospec­tive buy­ers is one of the best bits of the job.’

Gillies said: ‘We at Fi­u­ran greatly ap­pre­ci­ate the sup­port that the peo­ple of Oban and Ar­gyll have given our busi­ness since we started it five years ago, and we are equally grate­ful to the peo­ple of Lochaber for sup­port they have given Fi­u­ran Prop­erty in Fort Wil­liam since we opened there ear­lier this year, with a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of sales achieved al­ready, many of these within a week of the prop­erty go­ing on the mar­ket.

‘We won­dered what would be the best way to show our ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the com­mu­ni­ties that have sup­ported us, and we wanted to give a lit­tle some­thing back, so we de­cided that both branches of Fi­u­ran Prop­erty could each make a do­na­tion of £300 to a lo­cal char­ity.

‘How­ever, with so many won­der­ful causes do­ing so much good work in our lo­cal ar­eas, it would be im­pos­si­ble for us to choose which char­ity should ben­e­fit, so we thought we’d let the peo­ple choose.

‘We put a post on both the Oban and Fort Wil­liam Fi­u­ran pages ask­ing for nom­i­na­tions for char­i­ties. Hav­ing got a short­list, the pub­lic can now vote for their cho­sen char­ity sim­ply by lik­ing their cho­sen char­ity’s logo on the Fi­u­ran Prop­erty Face­book pages. The vot­ing is open now and closes at mid­day on Fri­day De­cem­ber 14, with the win­ner an­nounced soon after.’

The Fi­u­ran team of Gillies Pa­gan, Kelie Cooper, cen­tre, and Laura Pa­gan.

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