Letting Blog Contributors

Steve Roulstone

Steve Roulstone is the Managing Director of Castle Estates Staffordshire Ltd having been a Franchisee with Castle Estates for over ten years. It was very much a case of ‘He liked the Company so much!’ in Steve’s case when he took very little time to decide to take the opportunity to take over the brand. This has now moved on to the stage where all of the Castle Estates offices are now independent which of course includes Stafford. “I enjoyed working on behalf of the whole group and the independent move has helped each office to strenghen its position within their own market. This means all of my time is now spent running our own office and helping us continue to develop”.

Steve has worked in sales for the majority of his life, working in various markets, including Tailoring, Building material distribution and Manufacture.

Nick Strong

“Nick Strong specialises in working with the franchise community to improve business performance.  Nick focused on the areas of franchisee recruitment and building franchise business via the web.  Nick’s work sees him operate in a mentoring, training and market planning capacity for franchisors and franchisee networks.  Nick has worked in the franchise development and advertising sector both in the UK and internationally for over a decade.  Nick is director of Select Your Franchise UK ltd, FranWeb Ltd and The Franchise Supplier Showcase Ltd.”

Mike Edwards

Mike Edwards (MARLA) is a well established face in today’s lettings industry and provides legal support and advice to both established and experienced letting agents as well as training novices on how to operate correctly within the boundaries of today’s legislation. Mike works working alongside industry bodies and other specialist advisers to challenge and input on the practicalities of Government proposed changes to legislation. Mike provides us with an invaluable source of ‘finger on the pulse’ legal Knowledge. We say of Mike and his knowledge of the lettings industry “If he does not know it, then it is not worth knowing!”

It all adds up to a well informed and authoritative contributor.

Samantha Knight

Samantha Knight (M.A.R.L.A), a UK industry professional who, for the past 15 years has handled the management of all kinds of property and tenancies across the whole of the UK.  Having worked closely with ARLA (Association of Residential Letting Agents) as a Regional Councillor, been a part of the development of a successful national lettings chain, as well as being one of the industries Training for Professional Trainers, we couldn’t ask for better source of advice.

“Lettings and Property Management is an ever changing industry that is becoming more and more regulated, only those landlords and agents that seek the best possible training and advice will avoid the pit falls and reap the high rewards that property ownership has to offer” comments Samantha.

Craig Smith


Craig has worked for the Staffordshire office of Castle Estates since late 2006 and completed his ARLA training in 2011. He has maintained his role in the company which provides him with first hand experiences of the most recent issues in the world of residential lettings.

“Working closely with our legal support advisor [Mike Edwards] and lettings news websites ensures that we are always at the top of our game and doing right by our Landlords.”

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