About Us

Jon Gray

Like many new concepts Podtime pods evolved over a period of time before arriving at the stage of development you see today.

Jon Gray, an engineering graduate who had worked long hours in the City of London, thought up the original idea and founded the company after realising the health benefits of a short daytime nap. Paul Grindrod, having successfully owned and operated a string of hotels, pubs and restaurants over many years, saw in Jon’s design something with real potential for development and growth, and we decided to team up to bring pods to the world.

It takes real perseverance to successfully start up a brand new business with a brand new product for which there was initially no known market, but a few years down the road things are very different and our pods are becoming widely accepted in various applications – in offices, hostels and airports among many others, and in several countries – in the UK, the US, Canada, Russia, France, Switzerland, Japan, the UAE and Australia.

paul grindrodAmongst many varied projects we have a ‘Podtel’ in Moscow which addresses the shortage of budget accommodation in the region by using stacked pods to create individual spaces of privacy and security in quite a small area. We have a number of clients whose staff need to work demanding shift patterns and pods provide a brief respite to ensure they remain focused and alert. Many corporate companies simply use our pods for their original purpose – a place for their staff to quickly re-charge the batteries, and enjoy the multiple health benefits of a power nap or short period of relaxation.

Even with distributors already in New York, Hong Kong, Sydney and Dubai, and more in negotiation, the Podtime team are quite sure that we have as yet barely penetrated the markets available to us. For instance we know beyond doubt that every major airport in the world will offer some form of rest pod to travelers in years to come. Our aim is to make sure they are Podtime pods.

If you would like to know more about becoming a Podtime distributor then just contact us.