Simon Blyth of Simon Blyth Estate Agents - My First Job
PUBLISHED: 01:16 30 August 2011 | UPDATED: 19:55 20 February 2013
We invite Yorkshire's leading business people to tell us about their early steps on the way to success. Meet Simon Blyth of Simon Blyth Estate Agents, with offices in Huddersfield, Holmfirth, Wakefield and Barnsley
We invite Yorkshires leading business people to tell us about their early steps on the way to success. Meet Simon Blyth of Simon Blyth Estate Agents, with offices in Huddersfield, Holmfirth, Wakefield and Barnsley
What was your first job?
I have had a number of first jobs. My first entrepreneurial job was selling
bagged manure from the farmyard gate at the age of 12 or13. My first job working for someone was at Woolworths over Christmas. I was given
till training and left to my own devices with a full counter of the very first
electronic toys. Having been brought up on a farm I had very little idea about how these worked, so I requested some batteries and invited the youngsters passing by to play these games for as long as they wanted.
The crowds gathered and it looked very successful. The following week many toys were purchased by those youngsters, friends and parents.
My first industry related job was with Wilbys, Barnsley. At the time they not only sold houses but also had auctions and an agricultural department, so my first day wearing my new suit was unloading pigs from trailers to pens to the sales ring. Over the years I learned to dress more suitably and very much enjoyed my time. I eventually did some auctioneering and started then to become more interested in the residential side. Wilbys was taken over by W H Browns. I rose through the ranks and eventually left to set up on my own business, first in Honley in Huddersfield, from where we have grown to a medium size firm covering a broad range of properties.
Who were your mentors?
Over the years I have had the benefit of many mentors including the manager of the Woolworths store who gave me a permanent position at weekends selling furniture and credit, which I carried on for a number of years while in further education. At Wilbys I was steered greatly by senior partner Brian Farmer, a calm, intellectual man I could always rely on.
Michael Howsley, the residential sales partner, who was flamboyant and particularly skilled in the art of selling homes. Ken Green the auctions manager who had a natural talent for keeping an audience interested.
Since the establishment of Simon Blyth Estate Agents there have been many influential characters including little old ladies who, after reading the sales brochure I put together to sell their properties, decided they
were far too lovely to leave.
Are you happy today?
Here and now I still enjoy the variety and working closely with clients.I have a passion for the properties and it still excites me to be able to promote a persons home as a home for someone else.
Any words of wisdom?
You must enjoy what you do as a profession or job. Thats essential. I have been very fortunate to have enjoyed every moment of my working career thus far. It hasnt always been easy. I wouldnt expect it to be.
But then again whose job is?