Dernford is a Cambridge-based property company with an extensive investment portfolio, which is increasingly active in development and promotions of property.
A little about us
Led by former Januarys chairman Simon Dazeley, our heritage is deeply entwined with the former Cambridge commercial property consultancy firm, and the January family ties to the property market stand strong to this day through Dernford.
Family is important to us, and we extend that family outlook with likeminded investors and partners with whom we do business. We believe there is real value to developing long-term and mutually beneficial relationships as they, in turn, add value to deals. If you’re looking for an experienced and knowledgeable partner, or just a friendly bunch to watch the rugby with, be sure to get in contact.
To learn of the heritage of Dernford, you must explore the history of Januarys.
Januarys was established by Douglas January, a local Cambridge property agent, and his wife in 1937. After the war, he developed the business and started developing property in his own right in the 60s and 70s.
During this time, Simon Dazeley’s father, Derek, had become one of his business partners and rapidly became involved in the property company interests that were enmeshed in Januarys. By the time of Douglas’ death in 1978, Januarys had become an active residential and commercial agency with a strong development orientation arising from the family’s parallel activities.
Back then, most of the properties were built under a separate company called Dernford – named after Dernford Farm in Sawston, which was owned by the January family.
Over the years, Dernford has slowly been teased apart from Januarys and has grown to become a standalone company in its own right. Staying true to the January family, Dernford is controlled by Douglas’ children. Libby January is the family representative and sits on the board alongside Derek and the company’s executives.
We are pleased to be in joint venture with CMP Projects in Learig Limited, which specialises in development and promotional activities, and with the Burrell Family in Proctor Investments. We are highly experienced in arranging and working within joint ventures and look forward to more affiliations going forwards.