Leaving corporate careers behind them, Vantage Relocation was established in 2002 when Caroline Bramley and Peter Watson joined forces. Initially set up as a boutique agency, providing property search, acquisition and moving services for private home buyers, predominantly in Central and West London, the business reputation grew rapidly and not long after, the business secured its first corporate client and the journey into corporate relocation began.
By bringing their vision, extensive experience and complimentary skill sets together, Peter & Caroline seized the opportunity to start a different sort of relocation and property finder company. A company that understands the businesses and individuals they work with. A company that delivers fast response times and customer service levels that larger companies can only dream of.
A company that truly understands property, a company that truly understands people and a company that treats every client with the utmost care and attention at all times. Under their joint leadership, Vantage has gone on to work with hundreds of individuals and companies of all sizes, across the globe.
Organic growth firmly established our presence in London and the Home Counties, and further growth saw us expand into Yorkshire, opening our office there in 2007. With our Board of Directors all originating from either London or Yorkshire, it was only natural that we decided to establish the business in our ‘home’ locations, where generations of knowledge and contacts exist to this day, helping to ensure that when we say “we know our markets”, we really do “know our markets”. All of which ensures that you are putting your property finding requirements in the right hands.
With an established track record and a reputation for professionalism and successful results, Vantage is an established and well respected industry operator and member of the UK’s Association of Relocation Professionals (ARP) and the European Relocation Association (EURA).
Born and raised in Yorkshire, Caroline’s family ran a property development and management business which is where her love of all things property related began.
After completing her degree at university in the UK, Caroline studied at business school in France and lived in Paris. Initially working in the corporate sector, for a multi-national company, her early career took her to London and saw her relocating to the USA to live and work in New York. This experience of moving abroad for work and then in turn relocating back to the UK gave her an invaluable and personal insight into the process of relocating and the multitude of elements that need to be considered, coordinated and managed.
Alongside her career, Caroline also began to buy, develop and sell properties in London and Yorkshire, establishing a network of contacts and know-how that would prove to be invaluable.
Whilst working for a multi-national company and travelling all over the world was exciting, Caroline always felt she needed to work for herself and was keen to set up her own business. A conversation one day with her fellow Director Peter Watson was where the story began.
With a strong track record of success in the property, relocation and HR industries, over a period of 32 years, Peter brings a perfect blend of people and property skills to his role as an Owner/Director of Vantage Relocation. Born and raised in Twickenham, South West London, Peter’s father ran a property construction business, which is where, in his teenage years, his interest in property was sparked.
After further education, he spent 5 years working in a management role for a large independent property development company based in West London. Peter went on to spend 10 years working for large private & FTSE 100 companies in senior management roles in the retail sector, whilst at the same time becoming a fully qualified HR Practitioner and a full member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development. This time saw him managing large scale recruitment programmes and being responsible for the accompanying relocation of hundreds of employees throughout the UK. Working for progressive growing companies, Peter also spent much of his time finding new sites for development, throughout the UK, developing his property search skill set.
During his time working in the corporate sector, Peter worked throughout the UK and became very well acquainted with the challenges that employees faced when relocating from one location to another. Initially partnering with smaller boutique style agencies to deliver the relocation services required, Peter went on to witness a sharp decline in service levels when these companies were acquired by much larger relocation companies. This was Peter’s lightbulb moment.
He realised that whilst those companies were getting bigger, they were, in turn, delivering a poorer service. Peter was convinced that there remained a place in the industry for smaller, boutique style agencies to thrive.
Working closely with our clients’ Global Mobility and HR teams, we provide tailored relocation management solutions to organisations of all sizes. Whether your company is just beginning to offer employees relocation assistance or whether you have an established Global Mobility programme in place, we can work with you to develop and deliver a successful relocation support services policy. Our aim is to achieve a cost-effective, smooth and successful relocation for every employee, catering for their individual needs, whilst adhering to the company’s designated relocation policy.
Offering a comprehensive range of services, tailored to each company’s needs, we work to ensure that every relocation is a success. After gathering detailed information from the employee regarding their needs and wishes, we work hand in hand with them and the company, to provide services ranging from orientations and home searches, to school searches and expense management.
We listen to our clients intently, to understand the company’s objectives and the employee’s needs. We then translate this into a tailored package.
From initiation through to the completion of the programme we remain in constant contact, updating and informing clients of progress at every stage. All activity is reported back to the company. We work with organisations to ensure we present all information and data in the format they require.
Our aim is for employees to feel looked after and for the company to be confident that we are fully in control of the process, so they don’t need to worry about the day to day details.