Michael Goddard (b1949)
Mike Goddard spent 17 years in the RAF, ending up as a Wing Commander at a base in South Wales.
At the age of 45, he decided he had had enough of military life, left with a tidy sum of cash and founded Belvoir, with his wife Stephanie, a property rental business.
The pilot business was based near Corby Glen.
In 1995 he bought the recently vacated Court House on London Road, shortly after the judiciary had move to Harlaxton Road.
Since that time Belvoir has grown beyond all expectations and is now recognised as an award-winning franchisor, with over 150 offices nationwide and a 20+ franchise support team based at Central Office in Grantham.
Belvoir Lettings is the largest franchise-operated lettings group in the UK with 301 high street sites and more than 54,000 managed properties.
In 2012 Belvoir became the first residential lettings agency to launch on the AIM of the London Stock Exchange. Belvoir has numerous offices throughout the UK and an ambitious acquisition programme is underway, which means many more offices are scheduled to open in the next few months.
Belvoir has won the title of Best Lettings Franchise at the Lettings Agency of the Year 2014 in association with The Sunday Times and the Times.
A keen runner, he once set a world record of 4 hrs 38 mins for running up Mt Kenya and back.