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Thriving through 
diversity of interest

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

In business to do business

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.

The RO retains a diverse range of investments through RO Real Estate, development land, early stage investments as well as holding majority interests in Metis Homes.

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Office, industrial, retail and trade counter assets

Current development

​Work has begun on the substantial refurbishment of Silbury House with the intention of making it the most sustainable office building in Milton Keynes.

The building will excel in heating control, water saving, and energy use reduction with the ambitious target of achieving BREEAM Excellent and EPC A.

See the Silbury House
sustainability story.

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New house builder
of quality homes

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Promoting strategic sites for residential, commercial and green energy projects;

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Early stage investor focusing on PropTech, CleanTech and FinTech


Funding partner for residential and commercial property opportunities

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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.

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Having a deeper understanding of the activities / interests of all our business relationships, be they tenants, advisers, suppliers or contractors, can be instructive in developing better insights, finding opportunities that wouldn’t otherwise have come our way or becoming aware of potential problems at the earliest possible stage.

It is this simple knowledge and awareness based approach to business that has led to the RO becoming involved in more than 30 different business trades over its history and which continues to drive the motivation and the desire to find the next area of opportunity.

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