Women in Business (in IQ Magazine, Velvet and the Cambridge Independent) Sept/Oct 2019

Bidwells Residential Agency’s team includes fifteen of Bidwells’ strongest women who assist the business to provide unrivalled service for the sale and letting of a wide range of properties.  Residential agency comprises Sales, Lettings and New Homes all of who aim to provide an industry leading service for their clients. 

Rebecca Wilson’s journey from Secretary to Partner demonstrates how women are supported throughout their career at Bidwells. Rebecca began her career at Bidwells as a Junior Secretary within Bidwells’ Planning department in 1996, Rebecca remarked: “Little did I know, this would be just the start of a successful journey with Bidwells”. 

Rebecca progressed quickly within Bidwells, after 6 years becoming an assistant within Residential Development, and in 2005 became a member of the New Homes team. This step turned out to be a natural progression, “The training and experience that I gathered through both previous roles proved so useful within the New Homes team and with further support from Bidwells I progressed to Associate and then to Partner,” she said. 

Rebecca’s transition from a secretarial role to Partner in the Residential Agency team demonstrates the importance of women in business pushing themselves and striving to succeed. “My journey demonstrates the forward thinking of Bidwells to provide opportunities to progress from a junior role through to a partner – various training and mentoring programmes are available to all staff and so long as you’re willing to put yourself forward the opportunities are there for anyone to explore a career path in any of our specialist fields,” she said. 

Jess Arnold is another integral part of the Residential Sales team, offering outstanding support and customer service to clients. Another valued member of the New Homes Sales team is Frances McDermott, who is involved in key developments in and around Cambridge, helping the agency to find the right home for the right buyer with her contagious enthusiasm. Michala Footman, another long-standing Bidwells employee, provides full management of all facets of new developments from research and comparable data collation to digital media promotion. Both Sophie Taylor and Aimee Hills have joined the team in the last two years and provide passion, drive and excellent knowledge to the team and will undoubtably enhance their careers whilst at Bidwells.

Within Bidwell’s Residential Lettings team, Niki Stephenson and Mel Jarvis are two of our Lettings Negotiators who hugely impact how effectively Bidwells provide an excellent standard of service to their client base.  They are supported by an efficient and proactive ‘force’ of Property Managers who ensure all our landlords properties are in safe hands.  

The strong women in this team have enabled Bidwells to provide an unparalleled service to their client base. The supportive culture that resides within Bidwells helps employees to develop both their skillset and the business simultaneously, the accomplished women within Residential Agency are the perfect example of this.


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