UK property developer FreshStart Living has launched its franchise opportunity in Ireland.

FreshStart Living Ireland is owned by Patrick Gilmartin and Ian Craigie, who between them have over 70 years of experience in the investment and financial services sector.

The business partners will expand and oversee FreshStart Living’s franchise in Ireland.

FreshStart Living specialises in developing affordable residential and student investment properties. Gilmartin said: “About a year back I was examining my investments and a friend of mine suggested I look at FreshStart Living, which he had read about in the papers. I was impressed with what they were doing and decided to pay them a visit.

“To cut a long story short; I was so impressed instead of investing in one of their properties I decided to invest in the business and that’s how FreshStart Living Ireland came to be.

“Many Irish investors are on the lookout for alternative investments. FreshStart property gives investors guaranteed above average yields while also acting as a strong currency and inflation hedge, for those reasons we believe FreshStart Ireland will be a huge success.”

Charlie Cunningham, CEO of FreshStart Living, added: “FreshStart Living is going from strength to strength, we’ve announced record financial figures this year and we are expecting to float on the AIM market in 2013, the launch of FreshStart Living Ireland is the icing on the cake.

“FreshStart’s investment properties continue to prove to be some of the most attractive investment properties on the market and I am sure Ian and Patrick will be extremely successful.”