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The Beech Group is run by Stephen Beech, a Manchester born and bred property pioneer and green technology ambassador. With his student lettings business, Beech Properties, he’s been a successful property developer and landlord since 2001. In 2013, he turned his attention to Manchester city centre, acquiring unloved buildings and renovating them into low carbon, high design apartments. His aim is to bring disused buildings back to useful purpose and provide affordable high standard apartments to new graduates and young professionals. Our state-of-the-art headquarters are located on Oxford Street in Manchester city centre. For more information about us and our teams, please watch our promotional video.


Being a significant property developer with huge experience in the conversion of low carbon properties, we are successful because we do things differently. Beech buildings are all about efficient design, high specifications and energy efficiency. We focus on maximising space, long term durability and on continuously improving our development model so that we stay ahead of the competition. Bringing all of our skills in-house, under one roof, means we have greater control over our projects. From acquisition, design and build, and project management through to lettings and property management, we’re involved in every aspect of the development process.

Our Companies

Beech Holdings is parent company to Beech Properties, Beech Design & Build and Manchester Apartments.

Manchester Apartments

Located at 60 Oxford St, our city centre lettings brand brings the Beech standard of design to the young professional rental market in exciting central locations.

Beech Properties

An award-winning student property portfolio, specialising in letting and managing high standard and energy efficient properties to Manchester’s students.

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Beech Design & Build

Completing the design and build of our properties, Beech Design & Build manages our projects in-house and provides a fast delivery to a high standard.

Our Team


Business Owner

Stephen is the driving force behind the Beech Group of companies. Throughout his life, he has tirelessly worked and achieved his goals, winning awards such as Shell’s LiveWire Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the age of 21. He has more recently won the prestigious Local Business Accelerator Award.


Associate Director of Sales

As the Associate Director of Sales, Elliot is responsible for driving the in-house sales function and ensuring that our clients receive expert advice before making their investments. With over 10 years experience in the industry, Elliot has sold UK investment property to clients all over the world, spending time in both the Middle East and Asia.


Director of Finance

David manages relationships with the Beech Group’s funders. He has over 25 years’ experience in commercial banking, with RBS as Director of Corporate Banking. His business and leadership experience make him a stand-out figure in the financial services market and a valuable asset to the Group.



Director of Operations

Joanne, Stephen’s sister, joined the company in 2008 following a 10 year career as Global Communications Manager for consumer goods giant Unilever. Joanne heads the organisational, corporate communications and administrative divisions of the business, ensuring we communicate effectively and meet our core organisational objectives.

Jonathan Griffiths


Director of Property and Building Management

Jonathan joined the Beech team in 2007 and has progressed from Lettings Negotiator to Associate Director of Portfolio Management. He is responsible for driving the lettings division, growing business and ensuring property management operations are efficient. He provides leadership, direction and inspiration to the team.


Associate Director of Communications

Elise is responsible for the creation and delivery of all Communications and Marketing strategies for the Beech Group. Elise has a degree in Journalism, as well as plenty of experience dealing with the delivery of big Communications campaigns. She is somebody who can be described as both creative and business-minded. Curious by nature, she is always looking for new trends and techniques to ensure the group delivers key messages to all its different audiences in an efficient and timely manner.



HR Manager

Val has 25+ years’ experience as a HR generalist, having long term tenures in corporate companies including own label manufacture, public transport, and conveyor belting. She holds a formal safety qualification so is equally at home with our office and construction teams. A part of Val’s brief is to support Beech’s vision to not only employ, but to develop and continuously improve our highly trained, qualified and multi-skilled workforce.

Jozef Swistowski


Head of IT

Jozef is responsible for overseeing the IT strategy for Beech Holdings, having supported the business externally since 2005. After graduating with a master’s degree in IT & Engineering in 2003, he moved to the UK to pursue his career and progressed to become UK IT Manager for a global corporation. From setting up Stephen Beech’s first office to managing the IT team, Jozef has consistently proven his loyalty and expertise.


Project Development Manager

Kerim is the company’s Project Development Manager. His previous role as a Development Surveyor involved the project management of both north west and nation wide projects. Thanks to his wealth of expertise, Kerim’s role is to manage and oversee all current Manchester city centre project developments including the acquisition, planning, design and construction.

Andrew Cordwell


CEO of Beech Design & Build

Andrew BEng (Hons) is the CEO of Beech Design & Build, having overall responsibility for our portfolio of projects. An engineer by trade, he has over 20 years’ experience in engineering, project management and building services management. Andrew brings to the company a wealth of experience in managing commercial, retail and industrial building projects.

Paul Davidson


Managing Director of Beech Design & Build

Paul BSc (Hons), MRICS heads the design and projects teams. Paul has 30 years’ experience in the property consultancy industry with 14 years experience in design services across various sectors. He has a wealth of professional qualifications, including being a chartered building surveyor and a member of the association of project supervisors.

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Forever Manchester

Our chosen charity for 2019-20

We’re delighted to be partnered with Forever Manchester – an extraordinary charity that helps to fund and support community projects across Greater Manchester. From environmental projects through to tackling homelessness, the breadth of activities that the charity gets involved with are almost limitless. Since its establishment in 1989, Forever Manchester has delivered over £36m into community projects across Manchester, helping to improve the lives and overall well-being of thousands of people.


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