About Us

Gray's of Norwich Limited evolved from a background that is both comprehensive and enduring

In The Beginning ...

Mr Les Gray (Controlling Director), completed his apprenticeship with R G Carter (Drayton) in 1974, gaining advanced City and Guilds qualifications in carpentry and joinery. Since that time he has been involved in the construction industry in varying capacities.

Leaving R G Carter he went into partnership with his brother in 1982, who had taken on the family business, started by his father over 30 years before. From this partnership Grays Fitted Furniture was borne, supplying and fitting quality kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms to homeowners and builders throughout East Anglia. The company thrived mainly on recommendations from satisfied customers and continues to maintain a buoyant trade today under it's current owners. Why not visit their website, click on the following link : http://www.graysfittedfurniture.co.uk

In the late 1980's Les recognised the need for additional purpose built care homes for the elderly and set about developing Eastlands at Taverham and St. Mary's  at Crostwick, both of which he went on to control and establish as extremely popular care homes, earning an excellent reputation in the Norfolk area.

In February 1998 the company decided to sell the care homes in order to concentrate efforts on more development. Ironically the initial major project undertaken by the company, was Olive House, another purpose built care home for the elderly, in the Norfolk village of Newton Flotman, which was then run (and later owned) by Les' brother and his wife, once again building an excellent reputation. The company also developed its offices at Taverham in 1997 and then moved on to develop many high quality residential properties in Norfolk, obtaining sites in North Walsham, Watton, Reedham, Erpingham, Northrepps, Cawston and two in Drayton. 

With Norfolk becoming an ever increasingly popular place to live and work, Grays of Norwich Limited were continually looking for pleasant sites to carry on their quality developments and eventually moved more into developing commercial premises, creating high quality business parks at both Taverham and Cawston, which they successfully let out. In order to concentrate more on "hands off" investments and allow the director's to have more of a home life, the company decided to sell the two business parks in July 2013 to another local family run company.

In, 2017, the company gained planning permission for a site they had owned for many years in Spixworth, adjacent St. Mary's Care Home. Having identified the need for smaller retirement bungalows, featuring the latest technology (Telecare) they gained planning approval for the development, which was much needed in the area, allowing family and friends to keep an eye on elderly relatives, and saving considerable amounts on home care. 

Over recent years Gray's of Norwich Ltd have been heavily involved in secured lending to many businesses and developers, both directly and via P2P platforms. Subject to satisfactory security and due diligence, we may consider secured lending going forward. The company are always ready to consider suitable commercial property investments, especially in the local area. In particular, we are seeking new or nearly new properties, offices or light industrial units, in the Norfolk area and would be willing to consider various options accordingly.

We have also purchased a commercial development site in Aylsham, as we have identified a need for small office and light industrial units in the area.  Aylsham is a rapidly expanding market town and benefits from the new Norwich northern distributor road making it easily accessible. We are looking to develop the 6.75 acre site in stages over the coming months. Please contact us if you are interested in leasing / purchasing commercial property in the Aylsham area and we will be more than happy to provide you with details / likely timescales. Please see our Current Projects for further details.

To view some of the previous projects (Previous Projects) developed by the company, please click on the link in brackets. 

Or if you have an investment opportunity that may be of interest to us then why not call our office on 01603 861605.

Yvonne Diver (formerly Howes), who has worked alongside Les Gray for over 30 years, dealing with the day to day running of the office, would be delighted to discuss any matters with you. 

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