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Thriving through
diversity of interest

The RO is an entrepreneurial family company which has been in business for 90 years.

Based upon the founding principle that the company is ‘In business to do business’ this straightforward approach has seen the RO thrive over the years through careful investment in a diverse range of interests, which continues to this day.

We have a long and successful heritage of investing in local economies across the UK through a variety of interconnected trading and investment businesses, operating across multiple sectors, as well as by providing substantial support to local community charitable projects and causes.

Welcome to the RO today

The RO retains a diverse range of investments through RO Real Estate as well as holding majority interests in Metis Homes and Charteroak, both businesses that have progressed through their association with us. 

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Metis Homes
New house builder
of quality homes
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Charteroak
Holiday lodges in Cornwall
to rent or buy
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RO Land
Land investment for residential and commercial development
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RO Finance
Funding partner for residential and commercial property opportunities
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RO Capital Partners
Early stage investor focusing on PropTech, CleanTech and FinTech

Our family way

Now in its third generation of direct Rowlandson family management, the ethos of the business is to embrace family principles and traditional values consistent with the philosophy conceived by our founder. This is borne out by our many long-serving employees and a commitment to helping others through our charitable activities. Central to our approach is to take a proactive and committed interest in all that the company involves itself in, whether commercial or charitable.