Meet Richard Holroyd, Director at Holroyd Homes. Richard gives us an insight into his role within the family business and describes the shared team ethos amongst the whole team at Holroyd Homes.
Talk us through what a typical day is like for you
I’m largely office based, so most of my day will be spent dealing with emails and phone calls, like co-ordinating with our solicitors and estate agents. I work alongside Jack in progressing the next development to get to the stage where you can start on site.
I also deal with all other back-office aspects like keeping accounts, doing VAT and other HMRC returns, updating the website and most importantly paying people! I get out to site as often as I can to see the progress or to show someone around if we have a house on the market.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Seeing the transformation on site is definitely the most satisfying part of the job. To see something change from a sea of mud into a beautiful home is really pleasing. The other really exciting part of the job is finding the next development – when you first visit a piece of land and start to imagine what it could be. It’s a bit like when you are looking for a house to buy and you walk into the right one – you just get that feeling. Then when you’ve decided it’s the right site, it’s doing the deal, agreeing a price and keeping fingers crossed until the legal aspects have been agreed.
Why should someone buy a ‘Holroyd Home?’
Because we care. It’s got our name on it. We don’t want to put our name to something that’s just ‘good enough’; it’s not how we do things. Our houses aren’t built by a cast of thousands. We have a small and very consistent team who have worked with us for years and that means everyone feels personal responsibility for their work. We have a great set of lads on site and we all enjoy (in normal times!) a summer outing to Leeds or a Christmas night out together. This strong feeling of a team means that when we say it’s got our name on it, that’s not just mine and Jack’s name, but all the team at Holroyd Homes.
What are you looking forward to most with Phase 2 (The Cottages) of Broad Lane Farm?
Dealing with old buildings, it’s an opportunity for the team to showcase some different skills when dealing with the characterful/heritage aspects of them. They’ve been derelict for as long as anyone can remember so it will be nice to see them brought back to life!
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
My wife and I have 2 small children so we spend a lot of time keeping them busy. We do a lot of walking with our Springer Spaniel with the kids on our backs! Our own house is a renovation project so there’s always something to do on the house or the garden. I try to play golf and do some road cycling and always have a book on the go. I’ve been missing going out for drinks and a meal!