William Frame, founder and MD of Gamefield, is an entrepreneurial spirit who has managed many successful business – and with more still to come.
William Frame’s early career
William left school in 1976 to work in his father’s textile business where his ability to sell was honed on trips to London marketing Braemore’s products. In 1980, William left the business and moved to Edinburgh to work with Slater, Hogg and Howieson and by 1982, William was running the Portobello Branch.
From 1985 to 1988, William worked for Bernard Thorpe where his role predominately focused on advising property developers with respect to areas such as planning. William returned to the family business in 1988 and realigned the business to focus on property development.
During his 30 years at Braemore Estates, William Frame has successfully grown the business and overseen the development of over 275 properties.
Braemore Estates has a history dating back to 1924 having previously been a successful textile business, with certain assets and goodwill of that business sold to an Irish Braemore in 1988.
Following that sale, Braemore Estates retained only an (empty) bank account and a commercial property. William took control of the company and after successfully splitting up that property into smaller units, which were then sold, the focus of the business changed to property.
Braemore Estates has successfully traded for the past 29 years as a property business focussing on both development and longer-term rental opportunities.
Tomatin Trading Company
William Frame’s latest endeavour involves bringing over 100 jobs to the Highland town of Tomatin with a multi-million-pound hotel and retail development. The proposed complex will include a 97-bedroom hotel, 200-seat restaurant, drive-through bakery, four retail units and a petrol station for locals and visitors to the area.
The project will showcase the best local produce, and meet a demand for quality, affordable hotel rooms in reach of some of the Highlands’ most popular towns and cities.