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Jon Ablewhite MRICS

Jon Ablewhite is a business partner and one of the founders of Morley Riches Ablewhite.

Jon was born and educated in Colchester. He has  always worked in the property sector, starting as a Trainee  for a well-known firm of chartered surveyors in 1983. A couple of years after and Jon moved to another property company, acting as Manager of the Commercial Agency Department until 1992.

Jon then became one of the Directors for a private practice in Colchester, specialising in commercial property management. With a substantial background in sales and letting of commercial property and his experience in professional work such as valuations, rent reviews and managing property for various clients, Jon helped to set up Morley Riches and Ablewhite in 2001.

Jon enjoys working with a passionate team of professionals and the strong business relationships they build with their clients. Jon has worked in the property sector for over 30 years and has seen the industry change, becoming more customer-centric, with clients who need practical help, guidance and advice when it comes to their property enquiries.

He thinks this is what’s special about Morley, Riches and Ablewhite. Setting up their own company meant they could become the chartered surveyors who do it the right way, providing clients with the right, honest advice, making business a pleasure to do.

On Jon’s days off, you will find him following the national rugby and cricket teams. He enjoys good food, drink and company, and to balance this, he tries to keep fit too. You’ll often find him running, cycling and playing the odd game of badminton when he can.

Tea or coffee? Strong, white and usually sweet but I’ve recently given up sugar.

Early bird or night owl? Night owl – ask the wife!

10 mile countryside bike ride or cosy sofa and wood burner? Having just purchased a bike, I should probably say the former!

Red wine or white? Red preferred, especially thin French reds such as Fleurie, Morgon and Beaujolais.

Books or films? Films mainly, although I do enjoy military history books, not so keen on fiction.

Shopping or fishing? Neither really.

Vanilla crème brulée or farmhouse cheese board? Cheese every time, which is why I’m now on statins!

Choice of colour: Olive green or fuchsia pink? Yes, if pushed it’s olive green but my favourite colour is blue.

Cats or dogs? Cats, we have two ginger toms at the moment and have always had cats.

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice or the autobiography of Richard Branson? I had enough of Jane Austen at school however, like I said before, I really only read military history.

Winter or summer? Summer every time!

Downton Abbey or Human Universe? Downton Abbey

Football or Tennis? Neither, I’ve lost patience with footballers. I enjoy cricket and rugby, and always try to catch Wimbledon on the television.

Twitter or Facebook? Neither, I’m a complete dinosaur – I’ve only just started texting fairly recently.

Our Services

Clients choose to work with our friendly, professional team time and time again because we consistently deliver a quality service that makes their lives easier. Our plain-speaking approach ensures everyone is kept on the same page and that a project can move forward in a timely and cost-effective way.


Commercial Estate Agency


Property Management


Property Valuation

Landlord and Tenant

Building Surveying

Development Consultancy

What people say about working with us

  • "We are very happy with the friendly, professional and pro-active commercial property management service which we receive from Jon Ablewhite and we accordingly have no hesitation in recommending him and his firm."
    Rodney Stock, Bishop’s Stortford
  • "I have known Peter Riches and indeed some of his staff for many years now.  Our family and I in particular have built a close relationship with Peter, instructing him on numerous occasions for projects, lease renewals, rent reviews etc. and have always found him to be honest, reliable and extremely efficient. Peter will always find a solution to all your property needs and matters – his creative talent, input and valuable knowledge is where he really shines above the rest “bar none”! I would have no hesitation in recommending him or his staff for all your property needs."
    Aaron Taub, Advantage Property Group
  • "Morley Riches & Ablewhite have managed two of our multi-let office investments since 2008.  We have always been completely satisfied with their performance and feel comfortable that our tenants are in safe hands.  Rents are always collected promptly and accounted to us accurately.  Service charge accounts are always well maintained and presented to our tenants. We have also instructed Peter Riches to undertake a range of professional work on other properties in our portfolio including valuations, rent reviews, records of condition and schedules of dilapidation.  Again, we have always been pleased with the outcome and as a result have been happy to recommend him to other property owners known to us."
    Graham Holdgate, Moreland Limited
  • "Peter Riches of MRA has managed an industrial property we own for the last 10 years and we have been delighted with the way our business has been handled. We have always found Peter to be very professional in his attitude; he has a good understanding of what we are trying to achieve, listens to our ideas and offers suggestions of his own. The rest of the team at MRA are always polite, friendly and helpful and we highly recommend the company and the services they offer."
    A J Kernahan, Developments Limited
  • "Morley, Riches & Ablewhite – forgettable name, but seriously unforgettable service! We engaged MRA about 3 years’ ago on recommendation.  We have never regretted it. Good, practical advice on all property aspects, including new leases, professional discussions with existing Landlords and advice generally. At all times the service has been prompt, professional and cost-effective.  Communication skills are first rate and we have confidence in the calibre of MRA’s team and their ability to provide commercial insight and evolve innovative win / win solutions."
    John May, Director, Thompson & Morgan Group Holdings Limited
  • "I have worked with Morley Riches and Ablewhite for several years. I have always found them to be trustworthy, professional, responsive and accurate while offering a flexible approach to problem solving. They provide excellent value for money and also deliver additional value through their thorough knowledge and network. Reputation and branding are important to any business so it’s important to select organisations who have a compatible constitution and culture. MRA demonstrate empathy with corporate objectives, they manage customer relationships effectively and efficiently and work seamlessly as part of a team. I would recommend them to anyone who needs a professional property service."
    Steve Heywood, Hills Building Group
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