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Jane and Simon Gillate created a business and income from a property portfolio after redundancy with the help of Platinum Property Partners


INVESTMENT LEVEL: £52,970


reating a property portfolio in excess of a £1 million that returns a healthy rental income of £135,970 a month within a year sounds too good to be true. But


Jane and Simon Gillate are proof indeed that, with the right training and support network, anything is possible. Jane – an ex-paediatric nurse who


has spent the last 22 years focusing on family life and her husband Simon, a project risk consultant in the construction industry, shared a passion for property. Having earned significant equity by buying, redeveloping and adding value to their family homes over two decades, the couple had always considered the possibility of investing in Buy To Let, although a hectic family life and Simon’s career meant they never had the chance to fully investigate what this may entail. Following Simon’s redundancy in


2009, the Gillates felt the time was right to research building a passive income from property, both as an appreciating asset and ‘nest-egg’ for their children. Their concerns were the diminishing returns held in savings and the liquidation of various assets in order to sustain an adequate income. Whilst attending the British Franchise Exhibition, Jane visited the Platinum Property Partners stand, where she learned about the business model and the opportunities available. Jane and Simon reviewed the information and despite initial scepticism, attended a Discovery Day to find out more. There they met with the team and


learned from existing Franchise Partners how they had succeeded by following the business model to create and manage successful property portfolios. Suitably impressed, Jane and Simon attended a Directors Meeting, and while there decided


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all three properties were redesigned to include an en-suite bathroom. Jane and Simon followed PPP’S tried, tested and proven system which soon led to exceptional demand for their rooms, and market leading rental income profits. Jane and Simon are now advocates of


the Platinum Property Partners business model. Jane says: “We could not have achieved


this without Platinum Property Partners. From the first Discovery Day, we felt comfortable that the people we were working with had our best interests at heart, and we were also reassured that the other potential and current franchise partners we met were just like Simon and I. We wanted to find something that would use both our skill sets – I have a real interest in interior design and I’d like to think I’m really good with people, whilst Simon is very organised and methodical. The franchise opportunity with PPP suited


“The franchise opportunity with PPP suited us both, and has given us something to focus on and work at together, whilst also providing us with a good level of income”


us both, and has given us something to focus on and work at together, whilst also providing us with a good level of income.” Simon Gillate adds, “It’s great to be part


of a wider network of like-minded people, and we love the fact that we feel we belong to a ‘little club’ that supports each other.” With further purchases in the pipeline,


Jane and Simon Gillate


to become Franchise Partners in the South East London area. As Jane says: “Even though a few


friends poo-poohed what Platinum Property Partners were saying, we had seen the proof and met the people. We knew we were making the right decision, so we just went for it.” Within six months, the couple


had purchased three properties, and were managing the redevelopment works to turn the detached houses into luxury accomodation for professional sharers. The majority of bedrooms across


the Gillate’s are confident in their financial future, and are delighted that, just this once, they chose to ignore everyone else’s advice. Jane concludes, “It’s a funny thing,


but now our friends and family can see how great the Platinum Property Partners model is, they’ve now started to talk about getting involved themselves. I love telling them, I told you so!’” n


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WEBSITE: www.platinumpropertypartners.co.uk EMAIL: info@platinumpropertypartners.co.uk PHONE: 01202 652 100 CLASSIFICATION: Property investment franchise


Investment: £50k-£100k


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