Haddenham

Local Business Celebrates 30 years

Home » News » Local Business Celebrates 30 yrs
Exec Lettings 02a
Exec Lettings 05
Exec Lettings 06a

Executive Lettings, based at The Byres in Haddenham, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Originally the brainchild of Richard Clarke, who developed the cottages from an old industrial site in Haddenham in the early 80s, the business has seen out at least two major recessions and is now run by his daughter Jessica.

Providing high quality serviced accommodation for local businesses, The Byres offer character and comfort — a very welcome alternative to long stays in hotels. Businesses benefiting from the service include local firm McCormicks, a regular and long standing client, as well as DAF Trucks in Thame, ComDev in Aylesbury, Centrica in Oxford, Energizer in High Wycombe, Brighthouse in Watford and many, many consultants on contract at nearby firms.

As well as providing temporary accommodation for relocating executives, The Byres has also helped out many local residents caught up in the turmoil of the housing market, and needing somewhere short term to stay — although short term can become longer, with one couple who needed accommodation for just a couple of months still there nearly two years later!

Anne Edlin, the head housekeeper, has been with the company since the beginning and is at the centre of the friendly team who really make the cottages feel like home from home. Pam Thornhill has been working alongside Anne for 4 years, and David Aston maintains the buildings, responding to emergencies when needed, as well as renovating other properties owned by the firm. Keeping it in the family, Bruce Clarke, who lives in one of The Byres, ensures the yard always looks beautiful.

Jessica and her mother Sarah invited members of staff past and present out to lunch to celebrate. Previous managers Claire Taylor and Helen Bavinton as well as ex-housekeeper Cis Binnee enjoyed a lunch alongside current employees at The Thatch in Thame. Sadly Richard passed away earlier this year, but he would have been so pleased to see all the faces that have made this specialised local business such a continued success.

Jessica plans to open the doors at The Byres next week (w/c 23rd September) so that people can come and see for themselves — please call her on 01844 291351 for details; or visit the website.

popular recent storiesAlso in the news

Carwithen Plaque Unvieled
Haddenham Webteam: Fri 01 Jul 3:00pm

The Carwithen Music Festival began on Friday 1st July — a celebration of Doreen Carwithen's centenary, here in Haddenham, her place of birth.Doreen Carwithen lived in the building in High Street, now owned by Peter and Margaret Aldington and housing the studios of photographer Paul Wilkinson.A blue plaque was unveiled there by Debbie Wiseman OBE, president of the festival and one of the...

Community Orchard Work Party
Haddenham Webteam: Wed 29 Jun 9:15am

The Community Orchard at Townsend Green has been undergoing some improvements recently to help wheelchair users and those with limited mobility access to the orchard and participate in events. The improvement work includes a new 'accessible gate', hard surface paths and raised beds that can be maintained by wheelchair users.The orchard improvement work is part of an approach to active...

Electric Vehicle
Diccon Proctor: Wed 29 Jun 9:00am

Zero Carbon Haddenham are hosting a stimulating talk on electric cars in the conference room at Haddenham village hall on Tuesday 5th July at 7.30pm. This will be a hybrid event (in person and via Zoom) and for the live talk you can turn up on the door without pre-booking. For the online version please sign in via this Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/climate...