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2018 Finalist - Urban Rest Apartments

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Irish Australian Business Awards Peoples Choice 2018
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After leaving behind a successful career as an investment analyst at one of the largest global investment funds, in the space of under two years I have started and grown a disruptive business in the corporate accommodation space.

What started as a side business to earn passive income while pursuing an alternative business opportunity, became a full-time commitment in September 2017. Since then, in the space of less than a year I have driven the company to making over $1m in annual revenue and employing 8 full time staff, as well as being on the verge of becoming the largest short term property management company in Australia despite taking on minimal outside investment.

We will shortly be opening offices in Melbourne and Brisbane as well as Perth early next year.

We now provide accommodation to employees from industry giants like Deloitte, Minter Ellison, Westpac, Wesfarmers, Atlassian and Salesforce, with multiple full time staff, as well as corporate partnerships with companies like McGrath Real Estate, Koala Mattresses, Asahi and HelloFresh. We have grown from a valuation of $500k to more then $10m within the space of less than a year.

We have also developed technology that we deploy in our properties that effectively transforms homes into full-offering hotels, with our in-room tablet providing all of the services that a hotel would offer including 24/7 concierge, room-service, car-service, spa offerings and more.

Building a business that is quickly becoming the go-to accommodation provider for the corporate relocation market as well as for several multi-nationals in the space of under a year is the hallmark of the Irish attitude of never dreaming too big and taking a risk to make a dream come true. We always punch above our weight and that is exactly the spirit we embody at Urban Rest Apartments.

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