Mike Blundell’s bosses made a big mistake when they decided they couldn’t afford the new office in Sheffield that they had asked him to set up four months earlier.
Rather than accept their precipitate decision, he decided to go it alone and never looked back.
The first day may have been a little stressful. Blundells made the front page of the property supplement in what was then the Morning Telegraph, which was a nice surprise when he arrived at 7am to open his new office on Queen Street.
What wasn’t so nice was the phone wasn’t connected, and we are talking about a time when mobiles were found in science fiction and nowhere else.
Fortunately, Post Office Telephones – there was no BT either – had the company connected by 9am, in time for Blundells to receive the first calls about those houses on the front of the Telegraph property supplement.
“My ambition was to be the largest estate agent in Sheffield,” Mike Blundell recalls, admitting that, back then, that was little more than a pipe dream that he was far from certain he would achieve.
There was plenty of competition in the market, but, while Blundell’s grew, opening its first branch on Ecclesall Road after three years and then adding branches in Gleadless and Dronfield, some of the longer established firms found themselves the target of building societies and other businesses within the financial services sector.
The acquisitions and subsequent re-branding left Blundells in the enviable position of being one of the best known and trusted local names in the domestic property market.