Why Burnley won a property investor’s search to find an ideal town

  • Minihan Group’s founding director Janice Minihan speaks exclusively to Burnley.co.uk
  • Says she initially tried investing in Blackpool, but it just wasn’t the right fit
  • Decided to switch tactics and invest in the town she lives – and has made her venture a huge success

Burnley-based Minihan Group have built up a successful business transforming properties in the town, turning often unloved and empty accommodation into quality homes.

The company works closely with Burnley Borough Council, particularly the empty homes team, to improve the housing stock of the town and provide quality and affordable accommodation for its residents and students. Projects are particularly focused in the Trinity and Duke Bar areas of the town, which Janice admits wasn’t her first location of choice when she began investing in the UK.

“I run the business with my husband David and we made the move from Brisbane to Burnley in 2014. Being from Australia, I’d asked my contacts for advice on where best to invest and they recommended Blackpool. We tried it, but it just wasn’t the right fit for us, which is when we decided to explore opportunities in the town we have come to love. Burnley just works and it’s great both living and working here.

“We are really passionate about improving the housing stock of Burnley. We started investing in 2007 and own property both in Australia and Lancashire. I’d originally been involved in the establishment of the town’s E&M Property Solutions, but recently sold my share of the business to focus on investment rather than lettings. Since moving to Burnley, it was clear there was a variety of properties that would make great homes if time, attention and money was spent on them.”

Minihan Group sources, refurbishes, furnishes and lets properties for investors looking to invest in high yield areas of the north of England like Burnley. Janice and David also help property owners maximise the value of their current investments.

“We love the positive change we can make in an area and find it really rewarding. Burnley has been so welcoming towards us and we’ve met and worked with some great people and businesses here. I’m also a Gold Standard Accredited Landlord with Burnley Borough Council, which I’m really proud of.”

The Miniham Group is one of our newest Burnley Bondholders, and we are over the moon to have them on board.