Tech entrepreneur on recruitment drive in North Wales

A tech entrepreneur is on a mission to recruit 100 staff in what he’s calling the best workplace in Wales – sporting games consoles, a snooker table and beach away-days.

Gavin Prince, who is the CEO of online tenant eligibility service Verilet, is setting up a new operation centre for his company in a 120-year-old, Colwyn Bay-based mansion.

The company, which is headquartered in Manchester and operates in the UK, New York and Brisbane, provides an online service that enables tenants to pick up eligibility credit ratings.

Property company Brymau Estate has been assisting Prince on this journey. It’s refurbished Penrhos Manor to its original features, while Gavin is developing a unique working environment.

As well as sporting a professional-grade snooker table, the offices will also have Playstations, beanbag pods and away-days to the beach in a bid to get employees to think creatively.

Verilet’s move to the property is being supported by Anna openshaw, project manager at Colwyn Business Improvement District (BID). The organisation is looking to improve business and trade in the region.

Gavin, who grew up in Dwygyfylchi, also wants to inspire the next generation of business owners. He’s planning to create a “hatchery” to nurture new start-ups.

Based in the stables of the Grade II listed building, there’ll be hot-desking space for Manchester and Merseyside business people looking to have an away-day in North Wales.

Gavin, who commutes to Manchester from his home in Llandudno Junction, said he was inspired by millionaire entrepreneur Lawrence Jones from Denbigh of tech company UKFast.

He said: “Having the opportunity to learn from individuals such as Lawrence Jones UKFast, Phil Jones from Brother, I gained the inspiration and ability to make my business idea work.

“I have been fortunate to meet some amazing individuals, no more so than Chris Marsh of UK Fast. He kindly took me under his wing and gave me the inspiration to not limit myself by what others thought I could or couldn’t achieve.

“So I’ve gone from living in a small seaside town to learning from some of the most successful and greatest minds in the country.

He came up with the concept of Verilet after working with rental agencies and realising that people were often paying out hundreds of pounds on referencing fees.

Gavin said: “At Verilet, our aims are simple – we give tenants control over their own eligibility when it comes to renting the home they want, whilst giving letting agents and landlords high quality and completely free tenant referencing.

“Our service goes across the UK, it’s a national need – really we’ve created a new global market for this product as nobody had ever done this before, in any country. There was no go-to company to follow, but that meant there were no rules to hinder us.”