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Group discussion talking about the issues of ex-service personnel in the UK jobs market.

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Johnny Mercer MP with the CSL HQ team.

Picture left to right: Johnny Mercer, Neville Pooley, Stuart Lawson, Terry Wilson, and Phillip Coker.



PLYMOUTH MP Johnny Mercer visited Clever Student Lets HQ depot in Union Street – and met the team running the company’s nationally acclaimed maintenance operations.

Four ex-military staff at Clever Student Lets is running the maintenance side like a ‘military operation’. The team have seen decades of service in the Navy, Army, and Marines, and been involved in front line action in many war zones across the globe.

Johnny Mercer, said: “It was a pleasure to meet the lads and see for myself the great things they are doing at CSL. And it was a great achievement the company won two prestigious awards in London recently.”

Henry Hutchins, chief executive of CSL, said: “Thousands of ex-service personnel are leaving the forces every year, and many are finding it arduous and daunting, and the jobs market is becoming increasingly saturated, and many former service personnel are under selling themselves.”

“We have seen the qualities of our ex-services team in Plymouth that have brought in new innovative and military disciplines to our maintenance operations, and adding real value to our business.”

“CSL was set up in 2010, and our business is growing rapidly and we recently opened a second office the HQ Business Centre earlier this year, and it takes care of our £110 million property portfolio across the city, all of its frontline services, and especially the welfare of its UK and international students.”

The men were praised by bosses at Clever Student Lets for organising the company’s multi million pound business at the HQ Business Centre, in Union Street, using disciplines ‘like a military operation’.

Stuart Lawson, maintenance manager, said: “I served more than a decade in the Royal Navy, and my team is now bringing discipline to our business, and we have changed the way accommodation is provided for students studying in Plymouth, and our customer expectations demand the best service, maintenance, and quality run like hotels.”

“We are really proud that Johnny Mercer MP is recognising the contribution that ex-service personnel can bring to local businesses.”

Clever Student Lets recently won two trophies at the Sunday Times Letting Agency of the Year Awards in London for Innovation in its business operations and winning a silver award for Best Student Letting Category.

CSL is one of Britain’s leading providers of student accommodation providers and working with partners from across the UK and world.


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