Smart business success in Yorkshire

Andrew Willey of VeriSmart Inventories. He has taken the brand to Yorkshire where it is taking off.

Andrew Willey of VeriSmart Inventories. He has taken the brand to Yorkshire where it is taking off.

The growing rental sector in Yorkshire has led to opportunities for people to start their own businesses with a national brand.

VeriSmart compiles paper-free inventories for landlords and letting agents using unique, copyrighted technology.

In just four years the business has spread across England and Wales with more than 100 members involved.

Andrew Willey invested in the brand just over a year ago and took it to Yorkshire where high levels of student accommodation and other rented properties has seen demand spike.

He already has a clerk working full-time but now other licensees are required to cover the south and west of the county and grow their own businesses.

Towns including Rotherham, Doncaster, Barnsley, Leeds, Wakefield and Huddersfield are all in need of coverage.

A report last year from accountancy firm PwC predicted that by 2025 more than half of those under 40 will be living in properties owned by private landlords.

By that year, a quarter of all households will be renting privately.

VeriSmart licensees and clerks go into vacated properties and use the technology to compile an inventory for the landlord, letting agent and tenant.

The inventories are emailed to all parties and tenants receive SMS reminders.

Andrew said: “Having worked in recruitment for 30 years and also invested in properties to let I saw the opportunity with VeriSmart and understood its potential.

“The system is simply the best out there and compiling inventories is incredibly quick and simple – and we always remain independent.

“VeriSmart saves time and money for the landlord and letting agent and offers protection for everyone, especially the tenant.

“I invested and built my business around the Sheffield area, but other parts of south and west Yorkshire have no licensees.

“I’ve proved that there is lots of work out there and I’d recommend it to anyone. With the numbers of people renting on the rise, this sector is only going to grow.”


Pic caption: Andrew Willey


Notes to editors:

VeriSmart Inventories was re-branded in 2015 after developing its unique smart verification software that allows for the paper-free inventories to be compiled with speed and accuracy. The company was launched 25 years ago in the Bournemouth and Poole conurbation in Dorset, where it is still headquartered. The new technology allowed the business to adopt a franchise model. Some of its licensees make a substantial six figure income. It operates across England and now Wales.


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