Allen started his property management company Eclipse Property Cornwall, with the help of a £10,000 Start Up Loan.
Prior to starting his own business, Allen has been serving in The Royal Navy. He joined The Royal Navy in 1991 as an engineer and mechanic, working with helicopters, search and rescue, and commando forces, and rose through the ranks to become a Petty Officer. However, Allen recently left after being medically discharged following an accident whilst re-fuelling an aircraft, leaving him with an inability to deal with fuels and oils. He served for 22 years in total, across Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Allen always knew that he wanted to work for himself, and so took the plunge, and applied for a Start Up Loan to set up his business Eclipse Property Cornwall. Setting up this business will allow him to maintain a good quality of life, whilst being able to spend more time with his family.
Eclipse Property Cornwall aims to manage properties on behalf of landlords in order to rent them out, offering part or full-time management, with potential to take on properties to sell. The idea for the business came from Allen’s wife who has a passion for property, having worked in this industry, and Allen wanted to set up a sustainable business that they both had an avid interest in.
Currently the company is based in Allen’s home, but he is in the process of setting up an office at home, with the intention of keeping overheads down while the business establishes itself.