ONE of the founding members of estate agents Blundells is bowing out of the property industry to help the homeless and vulnerable in Sheffield.
Paul Cocker, aged 57, began work at the company 35 years ago - a few months after it was started by Mike Blundell.
Paul, a director, said: “When I started work in 1977 fresh out of college there was just myself, Mike, his mum and one other employee. Now we have more than 180 staff.
“Our first business aim was to get a full page in the Sheffield Telegraph Property Guide – now we have loads of pages! I never imagined Blundells would grow to be the size it is today, but we have never lost that family-run feeling and that’s what has given it the reputation it has and deserves today.”
Paul is leaving to dedicate time to charity work, especially the Cathedral Archer Project.
“I’ve spent my entire working life in Sheffield’s property industry and I feel I want to give something back to the city. The Cathedral Archer Project is a great cause which helps people who aren’t privileged enough to have a safe roof over their heads, and if I can do anything to help that issue, then I will.
“I’ll be sad to leave Blundells. I’ve had some great times and worked with some wonderful people. I have seen the company grow dramatically and while there have been some rollercoaster years when the market’s been down, we’ve got through it and now the company is stronger than ever.
“It’s time for me to step down and hand the reigns over to Blundells’ other directors who are already doing a fantastic job of moving the company forward.”
The father of three, from Fulwood, is also looking forward to spending time with his first grandchild, due in the new year.
Mike Blundell said: “We’ve shared many memories, such as erecting our own for sales boards back in the old days, to taking photos and valuing homes ever since. He will be dearly missed by all at Blundells, it’s an end of a chapter in his and my life and I wish him all the best for the future.”