ehB helps RepairTech rise from the ashes

Warwickshire businessman Richard Costello watched his thriving company burn to the ground and admitted he feared for the future of the firm he had built from scratch.

However, it was with a sense of joy and achievement the RepairTech managing director walked into his brand-new headquarters three years later – constructed on the very same site on the Kineton Road industrial estate, in Southam.

It was a real ‘Phoenix from the Flames’ moment for the boss of the successful electronics repair company.

Mr Costello, who formed the company in 1999, explained: “There was a catastrophic fire in November 2014 which totally destroyed our building and threatened our business.

“It was a dark day for us and I must confess I was very concerned for our future.

“But now here we are back where we belong and bigger and stronger than ever – and with brand new premises to boot.

“It’s taken more than three years but I could barely believe it when I walked into the new unit, it was so fantastically clean and tidy and it just seemed right.

“Southam has always been the home of RepairTech and we’re so glad to be back where it all started.

“We were offered other premises in the area but I always had the hope that we would move back here one day.

“We’ve gone full circle really and are back here making a fresh start and full of excitement over what more we can go on to achieve together.”

Fire at RepairTech

Market leaders RepairTech now boast an impressive 848-square metre, modern, hi-tech facility and Mr Costello praised Leamington-based commercial property experts ehB Commercial for playing a key role in returning them to their roots.

He added: “Right from the start, ehB understood our situation and did a brilliant job working with us to make our return a reality.”

Simon Hain, the ehB Commercial director who brokered the deal, said: “We are delighted we have been able to help RepairTech return ‘home’.

“The fire was devastating and the building was destroyed but now they are back on the same site in a fantastic, new modern facility and we wish them continued success.”

ehB Commercial is a dynamic professional firm of chartered surveyors, commercial estate agents and commercial property consultants based in Leamington Spa, offering experience across all sectors of the commercial property market.

Simon Hain and Richard Costello

Our Surveying Team

Simon Hain

Simon Hain has worked as a commercial property consultant in Leamington Spa since 1984 and has been very active within the local community and is a former chairman of Leamington and District Round Table and trustee of various local charities. Simon specialises in Commercial Agency, Development, Acquisitions and Corporate Property Advice and is a director of ehB Reeves.

Nick Evans

Nick is a Chartered Surveyor who has worked in Leamington Spa since 1992. Born in Warwick, Nick is a Fellow of the RICS, Registered Valuer, RICS Accredited Mediator and former Chairman of the RICS Coventry and Warwickshire Local Association. Nick generally concentrates on Valuation and Professional / Landlord and Tenant work as well as Investments and Corporate Property Advice for clients and is a director of ehB Reeves.  

Scott Blake

Scott is a Chartered Surveyor having worked in general practice surveying in the West Midlands area since 1991 and mainly within the Coventry and Warwickshire area. He has a wide range of experience dealing with commercial property matters including professional valuation services for private and corporate clients, other professional work including rent reviews, lease renewals, business rate appeals as well as commercial agency investment acquisitions and disposals. Scott is a director of ehB Reeves.

Stuart Gregory

Stuart heads our property management department working closely with clients to maximise returns from their property assets. He advises a number of private investors, high net worth individuals, property companies, pension funds and organisations with a charitable status, dealing with all aspects of the management of their property investments. Stuart is a Chartered Surveyor with over 25 years’ experience in Landlord & Tenant and general practice work in the West Midlands and Warwickshire. He joined Reeves & Partners in 2001 and is a Director of the firm.  

Robert Hawkins

Robert is a Chartered Surveyor with extensive experience in the property business, having worked on both sides of the fence, as adviser and client, in all market sectors and on properties and portfolios large and small. He enjoys dealing with all aspects of commercial property and acting for all types of client.

Sam Hain

Sam Hain joined us in the summer of 2017, shortly after graduating from the University of the West of England, Bristol with a BA (Hons) in Politics and International Relations

Sam started work in asset management department, working as a graduate asset manager and is now very active in the agency department. Having obtained an MSc degree in Real Estate Management, Sam has started his assessment of professional competence (APC) - the on-the-job training scheme graduates need to complete to qualify as a chartered surveyor and hopes to qualify in the winter of 2024.

Sam grew up in Warwickshire and attended Warwick School and outside of work, he enjoys playing golf and football and is a Coventry City supporter.

Oliver Shelley

Oliver joined us at the start of 2023, shortly after graduating from the University of Nottingham and Trent with a BSc (Hons) in Real Estate Management. Oliver started work in the agency department and also assists in aspects of asset management as well as professional services. Oliver will soon be starting his assessment of professional competence (APC) – the on-the-job training scheme graduates need to complete to qualify as a chartered surveyor. Oliver grew up in Solihull and attended Solihull School and outside of work, he enjoys playing tennis going to the gym and cooking healthy meals.    

Phil Harvey

Having joined Reeves & Partners in 2011, Phil has over 18 years’ experience in the Property industry specialising in Commercial Property Management. Phil works closely with a wide range of clients including private investment companies, pension fund operators and religious organisations advising on all aspects of Property and asset management. Phil is an experienced and valued member of the Property Management team and has acted across a wide range of property sectors including residential, industrial, office and retail. Outside of the office, Phil enjoys music, reading and Formula One.

Nigel Grugeon

Nigel is a Chartered Surveyor with over 40 years' experience in General Practice. Originally with a background in commercial property he has for many years concentrated on providing general consultancy advice to his many charity clients throughout the UK, occasionally involving properties in Ireland, France, Belgium and Italy. Nigel’s work covers a wide range of activities associated with charity owned properties which include the sales and acquisitions of substantial Estates, of properties in the healthcare and education sectors as well as development land and conventional domestic residences. Formerly based in the City of London, Nigel joined Reeves & Partners in 2010 adding his many clients to the firm's already substantial charity client base.