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Here Come The Persimmon Girls From Russia To Goldalming

23 October 2013

Persimmon Homes, Thames Valley, has turned to international girl power in 2013 to build on its success across the region.

Persimmon Thames Valley has taken on two new trainee sales advisors – and these young women are joining a hugely-successful all-girl team.

New recruits Tania Lillie and Maria Odintsova have been taken on to help handle increased demand for high-quality new homes across the Thames Valley region.

They will receive training and advice from recently promoted assistant field sales manager Alison Stephens, assistant field sales manager Julie Vine, and sales coordinator Claire Beckley, who all work under sales director Elaine Stratford.

Tania, 19, from Godalming, will split her time between Persimmon Thames Valley’s head office in Maidenhead and the St Andrews Park development at the former RAF Uxbridge site in Hillingdon.

Tania, who previously worked for coffee retailer Costa, said she was delighted to be building her career in the property market.

“This is an absolutely fascinating industry and I am really enjoying the work. It is particularly satisfying to be able to put some of the customer service skills I learned from my previous job into practice here at Persimmon.”

Maria, aged 23, who is originally from Russia but was educated in the UK, will spend her time on-site training at Cumnor Ridge in Oxfordshire and Marbourne Chase in Lane End as well as receiving training at head office.

She has already proven to be an invaluable asset to the company having helped a Russian family move into a new five bedroom home the Cumnor Heights development, marketed under the Charles Church brand.

She says “I have previous experience of the property market having worked in an estate agency but helping customers to buy new homes is even more fulfilling.

“I particularly enjoy speaking to clients and helping them to realise their dream to own a brand new house. It’s a big investment and major life event and I take great pleasure in knowing I played a small role in that.”

The all-girl theme continues on site as both Maria and Tania are being mentored by female sales advisors offering extensive training on running a site and show home and dealing with customers.

Sales director Elaine said the new recruits will help to deal with the high levels of demand for homes across the Thames Valley region.

“We have seen a significant increase in demand across all of our sites in recent months and these new appointments reflect that continued success.

“Across the region our sites are seeing increased footfall and interest in the schemes on offer including the government-backed Help to Buy scheme, our own Home Change Part Exchange scheme and NewBuy.

“We are continuing our recruitment process for trainees this year and are just as keen to include male sales advisors into the team as it gives us a wider market appeal, by having both male and females in a sales role.”

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