Long service recognition for Belvoir secretary

A secretary in Corby is celebrating a milestone anniversary after working for 20 years at an estate agency in the town.

Fiona Morton, who works at Belvoir estate agents on George Street in Corby, started at the business when it was Yates Walker back in 2002.

She joined the company as a personal secretary to then director, Jim Yates, after having previously worked with him as part of a work experience placement when she was just 16 and then becoming a junior secretary once gaining her diploma  at an estate agency called Parkhouse & Partners.

Yates Walker, or Yates as it was later known, was a household name in Corby for more than 30 years before it was acquired by Belvoir in 2018.

Fiona now works as a secretary across both the sales and lettings departments at Belvoir and has been described as a “vital and valued” member of the team by its managing director Bobby Singh Braich.

He said: “Fiona is such a vital and valued member of the team. The place just wouldn’t be the same without her. Her experience in branch and her knowledge of the town is second to none and she is often called upon by the team to see if she remembers certain properties. We are looking forward to marking the occasion with Fiona and would like to take this opportunity to thank her for her unwavering support and hard work.”

Fiona added: “Things have moved on so much since my first experience of working at an estate agency at 16. Then the window display was on a turntable and we’d have to manually stick the information about the houses onto it. Each picture had to be printed from a camera film and when we ran out of printed pictures, we photocopied them.

“For many years we didn’t have email and my ‘inbox’ was an ‘in tray’ on my desk that I would work my way through from top to bottom. I also spent much of my time typing letters on a typewriter that had been dictated to me on a Dictaphone that I would play, pause and rewind using pedals under my desk!

“It’s amazing how much things have changed over the years but one thing that has remained constant is how much I enjoy working with the team to help the landlords, tenants and home buyers of Corby.”

For more information on Belvoir, visit www.belvoir.co.uk/offices/corby or call 01536 261666.