The Beech Group is wholly owned and 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.
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.
An award-winning student property portfolio, specialising in letting and managing high standard and energy efficient properties to Manchester’s students.
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.
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.
Howard holds extensive experience in property, which has been a passion of his for a long time. Born and bred in Manchester, he has superior knowledge of the city and is always the first person to find out about the latest property trends. Having mastered the art of building solid business relationships around the world, Howard is always the first to know about some of the biggest deals in the industry.
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.
Heads our Design Projects Team of 50
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.
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.
Senior Development Surveyor
James joined the company after working in luxury property development in London, developing grade II listed buildings into high specification flats and town houses in Islington, Bayswater and Kensington. James now mainly oversees acquisition, planning, design and construction of all our city centre developments.
Associate Director of Portfolio 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.
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.
Head 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.
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.
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.