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About Us

Student Accommodation Built Around You

Our company story

Patrick and Greg created Purple Frog in 2007  while they were studying at the University of Birmingham.

"We were certain we could change student accommodation for the better and provide the service that tenants and landlords deserved.

We started Purple Frog to work around students’ needs. That meant the right properties, the right opening times, arranging viewings around you and giving a proper level of service", says Patrick.

Everything is built around giving students what they want. And that’s how the business thrives.

Even our name was built with students in mind.

We want to attract good landlords with great property. To do this we also work to their needs and create the service they want.

Equally for PBSA owners and investors we create best service and make a real difference. We do this by working around the students and partners we serve.

By doing this we make student living easier. We tailor our service to every individual, and we strive to be the best, every single day. Find out more about our vision here.

Read the rest of Patrick and Greg's story here; you can also find out why we're called 'Purple Frog'.

 

About Us

Meet our team, a very friendly and talented bunch!

Patrick Garratt
Co-Founder and Managing Director

Patrick is one of the founders of purple frog, he graduated in 2007 alongside Greg with a 2:1 in Business from the University of Birmingham. As part of his degree he was required to write and submit a business plan and decided he may as well see it through! Patrick spends time in each of our 4 offices and is often accompanied by his black lab Hugo.

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Hugo
Office Dog

He's a good boy, yes he is. Yes he is. Yes. He. Is. Suchagoodboy. Except when he's stealing your sandwiches.

Sabrina Courts
Head of Operations

Looking after clients with large portfolios means that Sabrina's extensive expertise in the student accommodation market is always put to good use. She also heads up the Ops team. Sabrina is a proud Birmingham City Football Club supporter and hasn't missed a home or away match in over 5 years!

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Aaron Kurtis
Head of Lettings & Property Management

Aaron has more than 10 years' valuable experience working in student accommodation. He looks after clients who have large portfolios. He also makes sure that each branch is keeping their tenants happy. But more importantly, he's met Duncan from Blue!

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Sharon Frost
Head of Finance

Sharon looks after all the finances at Purple Frog, including making sure tenants pay their rent and landlords get paid on time. She's lovely, happy and caring, at the same time no one here dares submit our expense forms late.

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Stephen Haigh
Head of Property Sales

Stephen has a wealth of experience selling investment property. His breadth of knowledge will help everyone from first timers to seasoned portfolio investors achieve their goals. In his youth, Stephen was a rock star in the 'West Coast psychedelic' band Soup which regularly gigged at the University of Birmingham Guild of Students bar.

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James Mason
Head of Marketing

James has a wealth of marketing experience, which he uses to ensure the properties we advertise are seen by as many people as possible. James' proudest moment is when he won £1,000 in a radio competition in which he had to perform comedy stand-up routines on live radio!

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Ben Holdnall
Senior Property Manager

Ben is the longest serving member of the purple frog team and has been running our property management team for most of that time. Before joining purple frog Ben used to work as a contractor in student properties so he's got hands on knowledge too and has experience of most maintenance issues we may come across. Outside of work Ben enjoys expanding his horizons and travelling the world, he's recently been to Russia and is also a keen linguist... ask him to show off some of his Mandarin!

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Shaun Knight
Branch Manager - Birmingham

Shaun is a stalwart of the company. His knowledge of the student letting market is extensive. Shaun studied sport studies at the University of Worcester so he knows what it's like to be in the shoes of our tenants. He's an affable character who loves helping our tenants find the right home and keeping our landlords up to date.

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Zita Goldie
Branch Manager - Nottingham

Zita has travelled along way to arrive at Purple Frog. She's originally from South Africa and has spent 15 years working in real estate in Spain. Now she's here in exotic Nottingham, she's helping tenants and landlords ensure their houses are on point. Totally unrelated, but if she was trapped in an elevator, she'd want to be stuck with Barrack Obama, as he's "inspiring and HOT, HOT, HOT". Watch out Michelle, you've got competition.

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Charlotte Mellor
Branch Manager - Bristol

Charlotte has strong experience in lettings having cut her teeth at a residential agency. She brings her charm, good humour and local knowledge with her to ensure students can find the best place to live in Bristol. Her claim to fame is that Internet Royal Kim Kardashian waved at her at Glastonbury. The festival, not in one of the many crystal healing shops you find on the town's high street.

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Nadine Bevis
Operations Manager

Nadine is here to make sure that tenants can complete their paperwork quickly and easily. If she won a million pounds she would buy a house for a homeless person. Which is lovely.

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Reece Jones
Operations Team Leader

Reece is here to help get your tenancy sorted. He's right on it, sorting contracts, making sure your right to rent documents are OK and answering any questions you might have. He's a massive Blues fan (though not as big a fan as Sabrina) When he was a little boy, he dreamed of winning the world cup, but has been hindered in this dream because he's not from Brazil.

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Claire Pace
Compliance Support Administrator

Claire makes sure that the private hall we manage are running smoothly, in line with best practice. She works part time Monday-Friday 9:30-2.30. Although weighing no more than the idea of a feather herself, she has expanded the collective Purple Frog waistline with her exceedingly good cakes.

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Bilal Khan
Ledger Clerk/Credit Control

Bilal is a wiz with numbers. He has been with the company since May 2015. He started as an accounts apprentice - completing his accounting qualifications at the same time as working at Purple Frog. He now ensures that the accounts are in tip top order.

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Emma-Leigh
Dispute Resolution Coordinator

Emma-Leigh, commonly known as the (DRC), is the lovely person who makes sure that the deposits team get your deposits returned as quickly and smoothly as possible. In her spare time, she is busy painting lovely paintings of 'nudes with colourful hair'.

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Akash Nabi
Letting Negotiator

If you're looking for your new student place in Birmingham, Akash is your man. He's also training to be a gym instructor, so he can also tell you the difference between quads and glutes. Other than their relative word scores in Scrabble, of course.

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Maisie Gould
Maintenance Assistant

Happy, smiley and friendly are three words that describe Maisie perfectly. That means she fits brilliantly into Purple Frog Selly Oak team, where she's busy putting these attributes to use, finding students their new homes from home. She also runs her own cake-making business and used to be an editor at a magazine, so you'll be sure there's no typos when she pipes on the 'Happy Birthday Grandma' frosting.

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Sam Hewitt
Property Manager

Sam is here to make sure that students can find the right property for them. He's here to answer questions and crucially, help you book viewings so you can choose great place to live. Outside of work, Sam enjoys playing, coaching and supporting football. He holds a season ticket for Bristol City for his sins.

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Leah Wyre
Operations Administrator

Leah is here to help tenants with their paperwork and to answer questions about their tenancies. Her biggest achievement is going to be hard to beat. She represented the country as part of a dance team, competing against dancers from all over the world. Not only that, but the team won, making them world champions!

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Chloe Yelland
Lettings Manager - Birmingham

If you're a student asking 'where will I find a great place to live off campus?' Chloe is here to help you answer that question. She studied archaeology at university, so we're all digging up every Indiana Jones reference we can unearth. All in the hope she'll tell us 'This belongs in a museum'.

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Jordan Turner
Senior Lettings Negotiator

If you're looking for someone friendly and thorough to help you find the right student home, and who can also speak basic Yoruba then meet Jordan. Before you reach for Google, that's one of the official languages of Nigeria. As well as his language skills, Jordan can run a long way. He's run the London Marathon twice.

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Abbie Costa
Accounts Adminstrator

Abbie helps tenants with questions about their rent, making sure they can stay on top of payments and don't slip into arrears. She lived in sunny Torquay for 19 years, before deciding to tear herself away from all the amazing beaches to move to the equally lovely Midlands.

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Marni Cosby
Property Manager

Marni's here to make anything broken in your student house whole again. She's come a long way to do this for you. She moved to Birmingham from Milton Keynes. Well, to be exact, from Leighton Buzzard, but apparently no one's ever heard of that town.

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Michael Boyce
Lettings Assistant

You will meet Michael when you come to our Selly Oak office to book viewings (and hear him on the phone). He's also, rather aptly, a purple belt in Aikedo. That's the modern martial art of kicking ass but very gently.

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Robina Burke
Business Development Coordinator

Robina helps the company reach new landlords and property investors, where her bubbly personality and bright smile makes her a perfect first contact for new clients. Her claim to fame is that she was a backing singer at a concert for South African jazz legend, Hugh Masekela. Correction: apparently there was a whole choir, not just her.

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Beckie Roe
Tenancy Administrator

Beckie is here to make sure that signing your contract is simple. She's part time, between 9.30 and 2.30, Monday to Friday. If she could eat only one food for the rest of her life, it would be pasta. With all the different shapes, it's pretty much a different meal each time.

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Lauren Phillips
Lettings Coordinator

If you need help finding the right student accommodation, come to Lauren. As well as keeping the lettings team organised, she'll help you book your viewings, so you can find a great place to live. Her spirit animal is a butterfly because she is determined to change and improve. 3. The superpower I would want is the ability to shape shift as you could change into anything whenever necessary.

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Luke Hill
Lettings Negotiator

There's a great reason to speak to Luke. It's if you need a place to live off campus and want to make sure you're going to find the best student house in Nottingham. Once you've done that, ask him about his huge list of leisure pursuits, especially him playing the drums. He's happy to bang on about it. (See what we did there?)

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Charlotte Booth
Student Blogger

Charlotte is 21 and is in her 3rd year, studying Drama and English at University of Birmingham. As an actor she’s performed some really weird roles in her time, including male characters and an old woman who sang the Cell Block Tango.

Libbie Johnson
Property Manager

If you are looking to brighten up your day, then speak to Libbie! She'll also ensure your student property is in tiptop condition. Her smile lights up the room like her mythical creature Mermaid. She handles everything with calmness and freedom. The famous person Libbie would love to be for a day is singer Alicia Keys, because she's an independent mother, songwriter, and an ambassador of ‘keeping a child alive’.

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Daniel Callingham
Administrator

Daniel is responsible for carrying out all administrative duties at our Nottingham branch. He is a passionate sportsman, he plays football and is a keen cycle tourist and cross-country skier. His will probably be the first voice you hear, when you call the branch to speak to someone. Got a question? Daniel is your man.

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Vicky Holland
Operations Administrator

Here to help make sure Ops runs smoothly, Vicky looks after rent arrears, tenancies and deposits. In her spare time, Vicky is a wedding singer, but she's also touched the glittering realm of fame, as she's sung on a number one record. To further sprinkle her with stardust, she's met Ross Kemp.

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Bethan Evans
Student Blogger

Bethan is a 22 year old fourth year psychology student from the University of Birmingham. She's just returned from a year abroad in Amsterdam where she spent her time studying. She's had every kind of job from a waitress to a lifeguard but has always had a strong passion for writing.

Aleksandra Tuneski
Student Blogger

Aleksandra is a final year Marketing with Events Management student at the University College Birmingham. The most beautiful thing someone ever said about her is that whenever they are having a bad day, they look at her smiling and no matter the situation thier day brighten up. If she could make a mythical creature exist again. She would choose a dragon. They are symbols of wisdom magic power, and they can grant wishes.

Shania Benton
Reception Coordinator

Shania is smiley and friendly. That’s why she’s perfect. Sorry, that’s why she’s perfect for the job of answering calls and helping you get your questions answered. She claims not to remember her life as a child. Personally, the marketing team thinks its because she used to be a mermaid and has got sick of telling people that no, she’d never met Ariel or known any singing crabs.

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Hayley Sheridan
Property Manager

Hayley provides excellent service, making sure maintenance issues are dealt with for student accommodation in Nottingham. When she's not shopping, she's indulging in a glass or few of Prosecco or Rose. Her famous saying is: It's not just a bag! It's Prada. Apart from fanning out on the cast of Hollyoaks, Hayley loves dancing to Cher, because she's fantastic. She would like to live in Neverland as a fairy for a day.

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Thomas Rumbelow
Student Blogger

Tom is 25 and is studying MSc Economic Development and Policy Analysis at the University of Nottingham. In a previous life, his undergrad degree in Business Management was at Uni of Birmingham, and in between, he spent two years working in Amsterdam in digital marketing in the telecoms industry. His go-to 'icebreaker fact' is that he was born in Hong Kong!"

Isabella Foster
Property Manager

Isabella works in the Bristol Branch as a Property Manager. When she is not eating stir fry all day long, she is dealing with helping students to find their perfect home from home. Also, is on hand to help managed maintenance issues for student properties. She is fearless that when she meets the singer Beyonce, she will be able to have a normal conversation with her because Beyonce is an icon like Isabella herself. Despite the fact, she has never met a famous person.

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Charlie Avery
Student Blogger

Charlie Avery is a student of International Relations and Spanish at the University of Birmingham and an aspiring journalist. He concentrates in international diplomacy and cultural politics. He is also a music and television critic, with reviews, articles and blogs published at charliesnotnow.blogspot.com, ultimateguitar.com and Redbrick.

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