APW first opened its doors in Weybridge in April 1986 and has since established itself as a market leader in lettings having helped thousands of clients rent their properties in Surrey and Berkshire. Our philosophy today is the same as years past. We put the customer first and aim to deliver a world class level of service to set us apart from our peers in the industry. Our company is client driven which means that the quality of every aspect of our business is constantly improved to offer the ultimate service to our customers. We recognise that every Landlord and Tenant is different, each with their key set of requirements. We are members of ARLA (the Association of Residential Lettings Agents), which is the recognised professional self-regulating body for the industry and we have an ARLA Licensed member of staff at each APW office. We are also members of the NAEA (National Association of Estate Agents) and the TDS (Tenancy Deposit Scheme). Our dedicated and knowledgeable staff specialise in putting people and property together.
Large Business (250+ employees) South East Status: Recruiting
- Love what we do
- Working smart
Daisy Chain Says
Polly Ogden Duffy's Experience
I'm the managing Director of APW and have two young children, aged 1 and 3. I have always been career driven, but have equally never been prepared to compromise on having a family. I know from personal experience it's possible to work flexibly and deliver the same or better result. I encourage my teams to consider flexible working if it suits them and we will generally try to support our employees where possible to work around them.
1. What were, or are, the biggest challenges you faced going back into the work place having had children?
Childcare! Great childcare is worth its weight in gold. Once I found the right arrangement I didn't worry for a moment. But as a first time mum, this was a terrifying thought. I found my childcare provider by the time I was 5 months pregnant - I like to be organised!
2. How did your career change after having children?
I have progressed in my career since having children, as I have found a great balance. I work flexibly when required and as I love what I do it's easy. I also have a better understanding of what challenges my employees may have being able to understand their family commitments.
3. How do you balance your career with your family?
I work full time but on a flexible arrangement. The weekends are very important to me with the family and I value that time immensely. I tend to wake earlier these days and am in the office often before my children wake up, but it means I can be home to see them in the evenings.
4. How has working for APW enhanced your family/ work life balance?
I work for, and with great people. We are a grown up, forward thinking business and consider ourselves a family. It's really important that we all have a work life balance as I personally believe happy people produce better results.
5. If you could give your ‘pre-children’ self, one piece of advice about being a working mother, what would it be?
Find a company that believes in supporting their workforce and cares about their employees. Look at how your colleagues are treated and if your firm supports women (and families) on their return to work then sounds like you are onto a winner. Being a working mum is the hardest thing you will ever do but it's also the most rewarding. You will be setting a great example to your children.
6. What is it about this industry that appeals to you?
I love property and people. Most people in property tend to be quite personable, and therefore you will meet some wonderful people along the way. They will also tell you that they love to be a little nosy and see inside lots of different properties and generally our clients are very happy to show you around. I get to meet lots of different people every day, see wonderful homes and the buzz of a moving someone into their dream home is a lovely feeling.