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    Asta Young-Smith23/7 Howe Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6TF

    Mobile: 07825372324 E-mail:astays@gmail.com

    PROFILE

    A highly responsible, personable and versatile property developer with a strong record project leading over 20

    residential property renovations, coordinating the budget and activities of multiple contractors, and leadingviewings and sales. Also brings exceptional operations and administrative skills as general manager of a

    successful 3-star Bed and Breakfast hotel. Having recently completed a Masters in Business Studies, now seeks

    an opportunity to pursue a career in lettings and support the growth of an entrepreneurial company.

    KEY ACHIEVEMENTS

    Property Sector Experience

    Managed 25 renovation projects each with up to 30k budgets over five years, negotiating prices and

    service standards with contractors, inspecting quality and approving all supplies procurement

    Successfully led property viewings and the sales process, securing prices that achieved average profit

    margins of 10%

    Sales & Marketing

    Won and negotiated a contract to house Channel 4s television crew in own B&B hotel for the duration

    of the Edinburgh Festival, two years running

    Organised advertising over the internet including on Visit Scotland to generate bookings, as well as

    referral partnerships with other Bed and Breakfast hotels that produced a steady flow of new customers

    Operations and Administration

    Independently built up and operated the systems, services and administration of a totally new B&B

    that secured 3-star accreditation from Visit Scotland, and only just missed out on 4-star status

    Awarded a 2:1 for a Masters in Business Studies from Edinburgh University, balancing the difficult

    demands of raising a young family single-handedly with the demanding requirements of a prestigious

    degree

    Performed the daily responsibilities of preparing breakfasts, cleaning, and liaising with guests, ensuring

    compliance with Health & Safety and food hygiene legislation

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

    Jan 08 Present Duty Manager - Bed & Breakfast, Edinburgh (on Ad Hoc Basis)

    Responsibilities: Manage the complete operations of a small bed and breakfast hotel

    Apr 03 Jun 05 General Manager, Randolph Crescent, Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh

    Responsibilities: Solely manage the operations of a three bedroom bed and breakfast hotel,

    including taking reservations, book-keeping, procurement, and concierge services.

    Organised the ongoing maintenance of the property and its facilities

    Planned numerous events and dinner menus, contracting with relevant catering services

    Apr 00 May 05 Property Developer, Edinburgh Properties, Edinburgh

    Responsibilities: Assess the potential profitability of target properties; manage the

    complete renovation of the acquired properties; oversee work of multiple contractors;

    manage renovation budgets of over 20,000; complete all planning and tax paperwork; lead

    marketing of properties, including showing prospective buyers around the properties.

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    Organised teams of five difficult plasterers, builders and decorators, ensuring the quality

    standards and timetable for the works were maintained to protect future sales margins

    Successfully negotiated the prices of various building supplies and contractors that

    contributed to the profitable sale of several low margin properties

    Dec 97 Nov 98 Florist, The Flower Shop, Aberdeen

    Responsibilities: Advise customers on bouquet design, create complex hand tied bouquets

    and arrangements to meet customers specifications, design floral displays for corporate

    events and weddings, replenish stock, maintain cleanliness of the sales area, process

    payments and organise delivery.

    Jan 91 Dec 94 Florist, Sodyba, Lithuania

    Career breaks for family: 1995-1997, 1998-2000

    TRAINING COURSES

    1997-1998 Floristry NVQ Levels 1 & 2 - Aberdeen College

    1994-1995 Cambridge English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Certificate - Aberdeen College

    EDUCATION

    2005 2009 MA (Hons) Business Studies - University of Edinburgh (Awarded 2:1)

    Passed courses in Accountancy, Strategic Management, Quality Management,

    Organisational Studies, Managing Employment Relations, International Marketing

    Created a full business plan for a start-up business, including launch and marketing plans

    2004 2005 Access Course in Humanities & Social Science - University of Edinburgh

    LANGUAGES & IT

    Languages: Lithuanian Native; Russian Fluent (Speaking); English Fluent (Written and Speaking)

    IT Skills: Proficient in all MS Office applications, including use of Excel and PowerPoint

    INTERESTS

    Active member of the British Military Fitness club, which requires a high level of dedication and

    motivation

    REFERENCES

    Jamie Macnab

    Director

    Country Houses

    Savills, Wemyss House,

    8 Wemyss Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6DH

    Dir Tel: +44 (0) 131 247 3711

    Mobile: +44 (0) 7967 555 490

    Fax : +44 (0) 131 247 3724

    E-mail: [mailto:jmacnab@savills.com]

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    Katrina Macpherson

    Manager of B&B

    The Guest Room

    31A Nelson Street

    Edinburgh

    EH3 6LJ

    Tel: 0131 556 4798

    E-mail: katrina.macpherson@tiscali.co.uk

    mailto:katrina.macpherson@tiscali.co.ukmailto:katrina.macpherson@tiscali.co.uk
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