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<ul><li><p>8/14/2019 Asta Young-Smith CV v2</p><p> 1/3</p><p>Asta Young-Smith23/7 Howe Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6TF</p><p>Mobile: 07825372324</p><p>PROFILE</p><p>A highly responsible, personable and versatile property developer with a strong record project leading over 20</p><p>residential property renovations, coordinating the budget and activities of multiple contractors, and leadingviewings and sales. Also brings exceptional operations and administrative skills as general manager of a</p><p>successful 3-star Bed and Breakfast hotel. Having recently completed a Masters in Business Studies, now seeks</p><p>an opportunity to pursue a career in lettings and support the growth of an entrepreneurial company.</p><p>KEY ACHIEVEMENTS</p><p>Property Sector Experience</p><p> Managed 25 renovation projects each with up to 30k budgets over five years, negotiating prices and</p><p>service standards with contractors, inspecting quality and approving all supplies procurement</p><p> Successfully led property viewings and the sales process, securing prices that achieved average profit</p><p>margins of 10%</p><p>Sales &amp; Marketing</p><p> Won and negotiated a contract to house Channel 4s television crew in own B&amp;B hotel for the duration</p><p>of the Edinburgh Festival, two years running</p><p> Organised advertising over the internet including on Visit Scotland to generate bookings, as well as</p><p>referral partnerships with other Bed and Breakfast hotels that produced a steady flow of new customers</p><p>Operations and Administration</p><p> Independently built up and operated the systems, services and administration of a totally new B&amp;B</p><p>that secured 3-star accreditation from Visit Scotland, and only just missed out on 4-star status</p><p> Awarded a 2:1 for a Masters in Business Studies from Edinburgh University, balancing the difficult</p><p>demands of raising a young family single-handedly with the demanding requirements of a prestigious</p><p>degree</p><p> Performed the daily responsibilities of preparing breakfasts, cleaning, and liaising with guests, ensuring</p><p>compliance with Health &amp; Safety and food hygiene legislation</p><p>PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE</p><p>Jan 08 Present Duty Manager - Bed &amp; Breakfast, Edinburgh (on Ad Hoc Basis)</p><p>Responsibilities: Manage the complete operations of a small bed and breakfast hotel</p><p>Apr 03 Jun 05 General Manager, Randolph Crescent, Bed and Breakfast, Edinburgh</p><p>Responsibilities: Solely manage the operations of a three bedroom bed and breakfast hotel,</p><p>including taking reservations, book-keeping, procurement, and concierge services.</p><p> Organised the ongoing maintenance of the property and its facilities</p><p> Planned numerous events and dinner menus, contracting with relevant catering services</p><p>Apr 00 May 05 Property Developer, Edinburgh Properties, Edinburgh</p><p>Responsibilities: Assess the potential profitability of target properties; manage the</p><p>complete renovation of the acquired properties; oversee work of multiple contractors;</p><p>manage renovation budgets of over 20,000; complete all planning and tax paperwork; lead</p><p>marketing of properties, including showing prospective buyers around the properties.</p><p>1</p></li><li><p>8/14/2019 Asta Young-Smith CV v2</p><p> 2/3</p><p> Organised teams of five difficult plasterers, builders and decorators, ensuring the quality</p><p>standards and timetable for the works were maintained to protect future sales margins</p><p> Successfully negotiated the prices of various building supplies and contractors that</p><p>contributed to the profitable sale of several low margin properties</p><p>Dec 97 Nov 98 Florist, The Flower Shop, Aberdeen</p><p>Responsibilities: Advise customers on bouquet design, create complex hand tied bouquets</p><p>and arrangements to meet customers specifications, design floral displays for corporate</p><p>events and weddings, replenish stock, maintain cleanliness of the sales area, process</p><p>payments and organise delivery.</p><p>Jan 91 Dec 94 Florist, Sodyba, Lithuania</p><p>Career breaks for family: 1995-1997, 1998-2000</p><p>TRAINING COURSES</p><p>1997-1998 Floristry NVQ Levels 1 &amp; 2 - Aberdeen College</p><p>1994-1995 Cambridge English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Certificate - Aberdeen College</p><p>EDUCATION</p><p>2005 2009 MA (Hons) Business Studies - University of Edinburgh (Awarded 2:1)</p><p> Passed courses in Accountancy, Strategic Management, Quality Management,</p><p>Organisational Studies, Managing Employment Relations, International Marketing</p><p> Created a full business plan for a start-up business, including launch and marketing plans</p><p>2004 2005 Access Course in Humanities &amp; Social Science - University of Edinburgh</p><p>LANGUAGES &amp; IT</p><p> Languages: Lithuanian Native; Russian Fluent (Speaking); English Fluent (Written and Speaking)</p><p> IT Skills: Proficient in all MS Office applications, including use of Excel and PowerPoint</p><p>INTERESTS</p><p> Active member of the British Military Fitness club, which requires a high level of dedication and</p><p>motivation</p><p>REFERENCES</p><p>Jamie Macnab</p><p>Director</p><p>Country Houses</p><p>Savills, Wemyss House,</p><p>8 Wemyss Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6DH</p><p>Dir Tel: +44 (0) 131 247 3711</p><p>Mobile: +44 (0) 7967 555 490</p><p>Fax : +44 (0) 131 247 3724</p><p>E-mail: []</p><p>2</p><p>Katrina Macpherson</p><p>Manager of B&amp;B</p><p>The Guest Room</p><p>31A Nelson Street</p><p>Edinburgh</p><p>EH3 6LJ</p><p>Tel: 0131 556 4798</p><p>E-mail:</p></li><li><p>8/14/2019 Asta Young-Smith CV v2</p><p> 3/3</p><p>3</p></li></ul>