ehB helps high-end interior design firm move to Warwickshire

A high-end interior design firm set up by the former directors of High Street brand Fired Earth has moved to Warwickshire ahead of its official launch.

Claybrook Studio has moved from premises in Bloxham, Oxfordshire to Westfield Road in Southam as well as opening a London showroom in the hip Curtain Road, Shoreditch.

The commercial premises, on Southam’s Kineton Road industrial estate, measure in at just over 12,200 sq ft and will be Claybrook’s main office space and distribution centre.

The team behind Claybrook – CEO Andy Manders, creative director Rob Whitaker and marketing director Lucy Kenna – were responsible for returning Fired Earth to profit in 2013 after a decade of losses.

The team is backed in its new venture with £4m of equity from Arnhold and Co, a Hong Kong-based manufacturer and supplier of natural stone, mosaic tiles and bathrooms.

Claybrook interior design

“Our multi-skilled and knowledgeable team has a diverse background with experience ranging from designing theatre sets through to American retailing and high-end fashion. One thing we have in common is a love of tile, with more than 100 years’ experience between us,” said Andy.

“This experience allows us to discard many of the generic styles available from myriad websites and high street shops and over time we will expand to include other home product equally as tactile and well-made.

“We are also making a commitment to quality customer service, after living through all of the frustrations associated with the choosing, buying and delivering of lifestyle products in the mainstream ourselves.

“A central, well-served location like Southam makes perfect sense to us and we’re hoping to be a successful part of the Warwickshire business community for many years to come.”

Simon Hain, commercial property consultant and director of ehB Commercial, who leased the property to Claybrook, said: “The team know their business and hopefully Claybrook is going to become a household name over time.

“We’ve been working with them since they chose Southam as their base and it is a good-sized property we’ve leased to them. We’re delighted they chose a building through ehB, our client Wesleyan Assurance Society is delighted with its new tenant and jointly we wish them every success in their new venture.”

Claybrook interior design

Our Surveying Team

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.

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.

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.

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 2023.

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.

Adam Boxer

Adam joined ehB Reeves in 2019 as Facilities Manager and forms part of the Property Management department.

 Adam’s primary responsibilities are to look after the reactive and planned maintenance for managed properties as well as understanding and reacting to their Health & Safety requirements. Adam also looks after all facilities management services to managed properties and has responsibility for a broad and diverse range of contracts across the portfolio.

 He is a member of the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM) and a Technical Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH).