John D Wood are a well-established Commercial Property Consultant with a superb name and huge amount of brand recognition throughout the U.K. Our long established brand evokes a sense of history and quality, while giving an immediate sense of confidence to our clients who feel secure and well advised when dealing with a firm with such a long and well established history.
The core of the business is commercial property management. We have a team of both property and facilities managers as well as accountants who are dedicated to dealing with the managed properties, including service charge where applicable. We have an unprecedented knowledge of property management and if we are unable to manage the property in-house then we know exactly what is required in procuring these services for clients. Clients know how we work and appreciate our honesty if we are unable to manage the property in-house and are more than comfortable with us procuring property and facilities management companies on their behalf.
We also have a lettings team, investment team, professional team and valuation team. Our valuation team is led by the former global head valuer for DTZ. We mix experience with youth, ensuring that we have a good combination of young and hungry employees eager to provide a quality service to our clients and experienced qualified surveyors to ensure this is delivered.
Our Managing Director
At the young age of 25, Ray Bloom purchased the Mayfair based Commercial Property Consultants John D Wood. It was founded in 1872. Since buying the company in late 2009, Ray has built up and attracted a host of new clients including Dyson, MWB Group and retailer Liberty. After winning a management contract on a mixed development scheme in New Cairo, Egypt. In early 2011, the company broke into the international property market.
In less than three years, Bloom has more than doubled annual turnover to above £2m and is targeting £5m over the course of the next couple of years. He has also drawn up exciting and developing plans to build a network of franchises throughout the UK. Also has so far generated a wealth of interest with prospects of an ever growing business model.
In 2011/2012, Ray has been prominent public figure in the property industry. He has participated in the Property Week PODCAST hosted by radio presenter James Max. PODCAST giving his views, opinions and expertise on the property market. He has also been nominated for numerous awards for his contribution and excellence in the property market. In February 2012, Ray won the ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ award at the Young Norwood Property Awards.
Ray is also a Young Patron of UJIA, of which he has been a part of for 3 years.
The Early Days
John D Wood is a company with an incredible history and provenance. It dates back over 140 years to 1872. When it was founded by the young entrepreneur John Daniel Wood. He was a remarkable and visionary man who started the company at the age of 23 and finally retired in 1928.
The first premises of the company were situated in Mount Street, London W1. Mount Street in the late 19th Century was a street of rather dilapidated. Georgian houses which included the Parish Workhouse. Whilst becoming much smarter at the Berkeley Square end, housing the Coburg Hotel, later renamed “The Connaught” at the outset of the Great War.
Growth & Expansion
John D Wood expanded rapidly. Advertising regularly in Country Life in the early 1900’s – an arrangement that continues to this day. The post war decade saw the business develop an exclusive reputation for dealing with high-end property as well as successful and illustrious clients. This era included the sale of Dorchester House, Park Lane for £400,000 to the McAlpine family who rebuilt it as the Dorchester Hotel.
In 1930 John D Wood moved to new headquarters in Berkeley Square. A mere stone’s throw from where our HQ is on Berkeley Street. Today during this period in Berkeley Square, the company even boasted current Prime Minister David Cameron’s late father as a director.
Commercial and development work became an important part of the company’s business in the 1950’s and 1960’s. In the late 1980s the residential arm of the Company was spun off and now boasts offices around the U.K. advertising and perpetuating the name John D Wood.
Commercial Property Consultants
Now John D Wood work as a Commercial Property Consultants . The commercial property sector continues to grow from strength to strength, with the London based practice handling a wide range of services. The services among others cover commercial management, lettings agency, investment agency and professional work throughout the United Kingdom.
John D Wood has a superb name with a huge amount of brand recognition throughout the U.K. Brand recognition that is continually underpinned by the substantial advertising undertaken. It evokes a sense of history and quality. While giving an immediate sense of confidence to our clients who feel secure. Well advised and protected in dealing with a firm with such a long and established history.
The Mayfair based property firm currently acts for major profitable companies such as Diageo plc, Dyson and Malmaison. It is a pleasure to be able to say that John D Wood has been chosen to work with such high profile names.