A mum of three young children, who works full-time at a national housebuilder in Wantage, has praised her employer for its flexibility.
Bovis Homes' Abby Odell at East Gate, Wantage
Abby Odell, sales advisor at Bovis Homes’ East Gate location in Wantage, balances her job with looking after son Zac, 10, and daughters Elise, 4, and Mia, 1.
Abby, who grew up in Didcot and later moved to Oxford after university, worked as a customer advisor at a bank before joining Bovis Homes earlier this year – and she wouldn’t swap her new role for the world!
“I’m so proud to work for Bovis Homes, they’re a fantastic employer,” she said. “I’m a working mum, I have three small children, so I have a lot to juggle, but Bovis Homes is flexible and understanding and Wantage is a really great place to work as well as live.
“I absolutely love new-builds and I would definitely move into a Bovis Homes property. I think my time at the bank, offering mortgage and life insurance advice to customers, gave me skills that are definitely transferrable to the housing industry.
“Customers are dealing with huge life decisions – the biggest they can make – and it means everything to people.
“Employees have to be prepared to work hard and learn from scratch, to put 100 per cent into training and learning. You need to be very motivated, organised and get on with customers.
“There is a lot of optimism in the industry, particularly in Wantage – we’ve had a lot of positivity from customers and people like Bovis Homes and its strong reputation.
“Customer feedback is very positive and we’ve got a good relationship here between sales and build. We’re all proud of the location and the quality of homes here, they’re stunning and have that wow factor.
“As a working mum-of-three, Bovis Homes has been really great with flexibility and really supported me.”
Bovis Homes is building 150 properties at East Gate, including homes from its new housing range. There are two show homes – the three-bedroom Beauchamp and two-bedroom Holly. Both have an open-plan kitchen and dining area and en suites to the master bedrooms.
Family homes are proving particularly popular – with purchasers using the Government’s Help to Buy – Equity Loan scheme. Using the initiative, buyers need just a five per cent cash deposit, with the Government providing an equity loan of up to 20 per cent of the value of the property being bought. Purchasers then need to secure up to a 75 per cent mortgage.
The new housing range includes two to five-bedroom homes that focus on well-proportioned exteriors and enjoy a real sense of light and flow on the inside.