About Us

Manning and Woods Ltd was formed in 2012 through the successful merger of Mannings Ltd and Simon Woods Property Maintenance. Initially located at Mannings’ well known premises in Old Newton, we subsequently moved the office to the Old Station in Haughley when we ran out of space, keeping the other premises as our joinery workshop, stores and showroom.

The company now operates from both premises, customers are always welcome to visit us at the Station for a chat and a cup of tea! The office is open Monday to Friday from 8.30 until 5 pm.

We have a wealth of experience and skills in our team. We pride ourselves on quality, old-fashioned and courteous service, which has led to us having an enviable reputation; just look at our reviews on Checkatrade.com – our score has never been lower than 9.7 out of 10. We also won the prestigious title of Maintenance Company of the Year of the Suffolk Property Awards.

We have numerous accreditations including FENSA, OFTEC and Gas Safe. We have also recently joined CHAS, the recognised pre-approval scheme for health and safety standards.

Our Team

Simon Woods

Simon Woods: – Managing Director

Simon has always worked in the building trade, having previously worked for several the country’s top house builders. He set up on his own in 2008 and subsequently created Manning and Woods in 2012.

Claire Woods

Claire Woods: – Finance Director
Claire worked for many years in the Insurance industry before moving across to support husband Simon with his growing business. She runs the Manning and Woods office.

Karl Manning

Karl Manning: – Director
Karl has always worked in the family business and is meticulous in his approach. Karl is especially skilled in artexing, painting and decorating and heads up our maintenance team.


Benn Horton: – Contracts Director

Originally a carpenter by trade, Benn now manages the day to day running of our larger projects (although you’ll often find he has a hammer in his hand as well!) Benn also runs our UPVc division which is FENSA registered.

David Watt

Dave Watt: Foreman

Dave is truly multiskilled, a bricklayer by trade but also a skilled plasterer and carpenter. He is now also set to become a NICEIC approved electrician as well. Dave manages our domestic projects for us.

James Tarrant

James Tarrant: Purchasing Manager
James is in charge of buying materials, negotiating with our suppliers and delivering materials to site, He also manages our yards and stock.

Jordan Redhead

Jordan Redhead: Plumber
Jordan apprenticed with us and after a brief spell elsewhere re – joined our team where he is building his experience as a plumber and heating engineer.


Jeannette Ayling: Office Manager

Jeannette assists Claire in the office with both finance and administration. Jeannette has a background in the joinery industry which has proved invaluable.

Karl Bates

Karl Bates: Painter and Decorator
Karl undertakes many of our painting and decorating works and also carries out minor maintenance jobs.

Roger Gregory

Roger Gregory: Carpenter/Foreman

Roger is our carpenter with a wealth of other skills, including plastering.

Like Dave, Roger also manages many of our sites for us.

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