“Together, we are building the business lifestyle that everyone wants”
We know how to deliver serviced office space fantastically, but when we launch new products we ensure that our offerings are the very best and at low cost to our clients. Our ethos always has and always will be about providing excellent value for money, and this is why we were the first in our industry to supply an ‘all-inclusive office product’ packaging both serviced office space and IT and Telecoms into one low monthly bill.
As part of our strategy of working closely with our clients, we have a dedicated client liaison team and a Director of Business Centres who are tasked with gathering feedback on where our centres are doing well and where we can improve. We also undertake regular formal feedback through our ‘Voice of the Client’ survey.
We strive to always offer leading technology and have spent millions over the years to ensure our clients and employees have the very best equipment and connectivity to help them stay ahead.
Our strategy of focusing on client & employee satisfaction seems to be working as we have won numerous awards including Business Centre of the Year multiple times and UK Customer Experience Award, as well as appearing the Sunday Times ‘Best Small Companies to Work For’ Top 100 for 7 consecutive years. We have also achieved Investors in People status and were recently recognised as one of Property Week’s ‘Best Places to Work in Property 2016.’
We understand that working in our business centres is far more than just renting office space, that’s why we take every opportunity to create a thriving business hub including putting major sporting events on in our conference centres, taking an active part in charity fund raising and offering free gym usage for all clients.
BE was formed in 1994 by David Saul, Simon Rusk, Bernard Klug and Colin Gershinson, through several property purchases that were refurbished to become serviced offices.
Between 2000-2007 Business Environment spent over £60M acquiring and refurbishing buildings, setting ambitious growth plans. In 2008 we launched our single person office solution and our Virtual Office packages, and at the start of 2010 we installed ten Video Conferencing suites to allow our clients international business access within their own workplace. Also in 2010 we launched our exclusive meeting and conferencing brand: &Meetings – which operates as a complimentary operation to give a first-class meeting experience in our business centres, complete with a 100% online booking service. In 2011 we opened BE Cheapside showcasing our innovative new fit-out style, and spent an additional £500,000 on IT to give a more robust infrastructure and 1,000 Mbps lines into all our business centres, to maintain our strategy of always providing the fastest connection speeds in our industry. In 2015 we won the BCA Business Centre of the Year for a 6th time, with BE Minories being the 4th BE centre to pick up our industries’ premier award. In 2016 we added 4 more London locations to our portfolio in Paddington, Victoria, Euston and Canary wharf.
Today the company has a large portfolio of business centres, and has grown to employ well over 300 people and we don´t intend to stop there! We have some exciting plans to acquire buildings in other parts of London and the UK. We are dedicated to finding the right office space to meet our clients needs.
2017 – Recognised among Property Week’s ‘Best Places to Work in Property 2016’. Sale and leaseback of Wembley and Royal Exchange buildings for £50m. Completes £65m refinancing of property portfolio. Buys back majority shares held by two retired founders.
2016 – Acquires 4 new centres in Paddington, Victoria, Euston & Canary Wharf. Group now employs over 300 people. Sale and leaseback of Threadneedle Street and Bristol CityPoint buildings for £19.5m. Rebrands to BE Offices. Completes £2m refurbishment and re-launched Threadneedle Street business centre.
2015 – Acquires further space at 107 Cheapside.
2014 – Sale and leaseback of the Watling Street property. Moves Head Office function to Minories, and disposes of old HQ at Groveland Court
2013 – Refinances £110m of senior debt including new monies
2012 – Advises LPA receivers regarding profit maximisation of problem properties. Advises banks on managing and maximising income from vacant or partly vacant properties
2011 – BE receives ‘Investors in People’ accreditation. Manages 3 business centres on behalf of an LPA receiver and banks.
2010 – The Group signs its first lease on property at Cheapside.
2009 – Profit for the year surpasses £3m for the first time. BE WestPoint wins BCA “Business Centre of the Year Award”.
2008 – Acquires leasehold at Threadneedle Street in the City of London.
2006 – BE wins the first of many awards, with the Milton Keynes centre awarded the BCA “Business Centre of the Year Award”. The Group employs over 100 people for the first time.
2005 – Acquires 12 Groveland Court and 73 Watling Street, London EC4
2004 – Acquires 1 Royal Exchange Avenue, London EC4 and 150 Minories both in Central London
2003 – Gross assets exceed £100m, Profit for the year surpasses £2m. Wembley undergoes a £5.5m internal and external refurbishment.
2001 – Acquires and refurbishes CityPoint in Bristol and Beech Street in London EC2
2000 – The Group achieves a profit of over £1m for the first time. Acquires and refurbishes WestPoint in Bristol and Milton Keynes
1999 – Gross assets exceed £10m. Acquires and refurbishes SoanePoint in Reading and Viewpoint in Basingstoke
1998 – BE acquires the freehold of 1 Olympic Way at Wembley, after initially acquiring the long leasehold in 1997
1997 – Sells Euston House
1994 – Business acquires its first freeholds at Southbank House and Euston House, both in London