Shellwin is a family-run business with a portfolio of commercial real estate, including modern offices and industrial units, available to businesses in the Thames Valley region. Three generations of the Shellabear family helped build our portfolio and we’re committed to extending that family feel to our occupiers. We know that a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work and that’s why we come at things from a flexible perspective. We’ll work with occupiers to find the solution that best suits their business’ needs, and our bespoke flexi-leases make sure that they have the flexibility they need. We have spaces available in a variety of sizes, from 150 to 7500 square feet, for 1-30 people. We take our corporate responsibilities seriously and are working towards achieving net-zero carbon emissions in the not-too-distant future. Our offices use 100% renewable energy and electric vehicle charging is available at two of our sites. Innovation is at the forefront of our business practices, and we’re always open to new ideas from our customers on how we can improve our service, eco-friendliness, and properties.
Micro Business (0-9 employees) South East Status: Recruiting
- Small, but perfectly formed
- Love what we do
- Game changers
- Growing every day
Daisy Chain Says
“Working parents need flexible workplaces, and Shellwin has been providing that for their employees. The company is more than happy to work with you so long as it doesn't conflict with your family's needs!”
Helen Shellaber's Experience
I'm a Chartered Surveyor with a varied 12 year background in consultancy, banking, private equity and asset management and a Mum of two young rascals. I'm trying to build a more flexible, open and ethical business and challenge some stereotypes in the world of real estate along the way.
1. What were, or are, the biggest challenges you faced going back into the work place having had children?
I faced two big challenges; 1. My own mindset - I underestimated how challenging the transition back to the work place would be emotionally and in hindsight wish I had sought out and built a stronger network of new mums to help share those experiences and support each other. 2. Trying to fit my new life into the accepted work 'template'. In an industry dominated by men, I was that person (not the only parent but the only mum!) scampering out of the office alone at 5.15pm to make sure I wasn't late for pick up. Personally, it didn't hold me back but eventually it exhausted me as its not a sustainable way to work.
2. How did your career change after having children?
I have consciously chosen to develop more of a portfolio career to add flexibility but also variety to my days. This has involved studying, starting a small side business and volunteering.
3. How do you balance your career with your family?
I don't seek balance. I just try to set firm boundaries and follow my curiosity. Some days I'm winning, some days are challenging but that's just life. The trick is to try and enjoy it all or at least learn from it, which is a daily practice!
4. How has working for Shellwin enhanced your family/ work life balance?
Working for Shellwin has allowed me to build flexibility into my schedule which means, for example, I can take my daughter swimming one afternoon mid-week or take my son to his football class.
5. If you could give your ‘pre-children’ self, one piece of advice about being a working mother, what would it be?
Keep advocating for yourself but relax and enjoy the ride. One day you will be stronger for it.
6. What is it about this industry that appeals to you?
The variety that each day brings, the opportunity to build connections and the potential to make real estate a force for social good.