Hi there, my name is Paul Bennett. I have been in property for 25 years and a homeowner for 38 years!
As a child I was always fascinated with building houses with Lego and before that Betta Builder toys, this aspect of my character has lingered and been core to my life on into adulthood.
During the last 25 years I have been involved in many aspects of property, HMO, Holiday homes in the UK, Holiday homes in Spain, BTL and more recently Commercial Conversions, large scale SA and renovating a block of flats in a listed building complex in a Conservation area.
Although I started out as an Electrical engineer, for the majority of this time I have held a number of senior roles in Technology companies, working for some prestigious organisations both on a UK basis as well as Globally, managing both Technology and Finance/risk aspects to £30M.
As a property professional my interest lies in getting a good job done to time and financial constraints whilst maintaining a level of quality that I can be proud of and puts a smile on my face, as well as on my investors’ faces.
My current projects are quite varied. They include refurbishing 7 flats in a grade 2 listed building and some changing of the layout and structure of a couple of existing commercial properties in town based existing Commercial properties. Both of these require different strengths, but both rely on tight cost control and good forward planning. Having a property of mine on BBC’s Homes under the Hammer recently was an interesting adventure, which resulted in more interest in our projects.
My goal now is to use my experience and that of other specialists to help others to achieve financial security through property investment and development. To achieve this, I have teamed up with Paul Duval to run PPN in Bristol, a thriving part of the country with much opportunity.
Co-Host of PPN Bristol
Hi, my name is Paul Duval. I have spent my career to date working up to senior positions in IT, Networks and Telecommunications, with a focus on building infrastructure, data networks, data centres, computer rooms and more recently, mobile networks. Since leaving my last full-time job in 2005, I have built various companies from scratch to provide related (and un-related!) services, consultancy and project management and now provide my services on a contract basis.
In 2004 I started and ran a Smart Home Automation company with a partner, delivering fully automated prestige homes with Home Cinemas, Multi-Room Audio-Visual systems, cabling and network installations, WiFi, home telephone systems, CCTV and touch screen whole house control and lighting systems. We were probably a little early! In 2008 I had a career break from technology and used my project management skills and property knowledge to run a high-end property refurbishment company providing luxury kitchen and bathroom installations and property renovations in Florida, USA. This was exactly the wrong time to take this on (!), so in 2010 we came back to Bristol and I went back to contract technical Project Management in large corporates, where I have been busy ever since.
My property interests started at 25 when I bought my first property, a 3-bed terraced in Kingswood, which was too large for me, but it paid for the mortgage mostly through letting to lodgers in the other 2 bedrooms! I then bought and renovated a property in Henleaze and my family and I moved on to buy a 4-bed wreck in Bishopston, which we rebuilt from the inside out. In 2010, when I re-started contracting in IT, I saved for two buy-to-let properties, and then in 2017 I discovered Progressive Property through the Multiple Streams of Property Income (MSOPI) event and realised I was going far too slowly!
MSOPI re-ignited my passion for property and since then I have launched Cliftonvalley Property Limited to invest in, buy, refurbish and hold property and my current focus, Cliftonvalley Apartments Limited, specialising in Serviced Accommodation (SA) set-up and management, which I am proud to run with my son Matthew and my wife Lynne. We have Rent 2 SA properties in Bristol and Bath and provide management services for others who want to get into SA, but don’t have the time or experience.
Paul Bennett and I met on the Progressive VIP mentorship programme and we share mutual interests and aspirations to build our portfolios and companies further, both together and separately. PPN Bristol is something we both wanted to do in order to share our experience and enthusiasms and in order to assist others to develop their property careers. I have really enjoyed networking over the past two years since deciding on the full-time property path and I have met some lifelong friends and great contacts along the way. I am looking forward to connecting with even more friends at Bristol PPN and to sharing the journey with you.
Co-Host of PPN Bristol