Our team is headed by Vince Sandwell, who has over 25 years experience in the field

He is supported by professionally qualified individuals with a wide range of skills. This ensures the company can provide an innovative and holistic service. We work in both rural and urban contexts, across a range of sectors. We have a wide range of clients, and our depth of experience is best illustrated by the variety of projects we have undertaken.



Development Feasibility

We undertake a diverse range of development and delivery strategies and feasibility studies for both the public and private sectors.

Development and delivery strategies involve an assessment of market demand, social need and local competition. Feasibility studies are undertaken to inform the economic development of an area, regenerate a town centre or industrial estate, or to outline the way forward for an organisation and/or its assets.

For both types of work, qualitative and quantitative assessments are undertaken, providing the client with the complete picture. Studies can also include financial appraisals, and lead to business planning and marketing advice. Our client list includes Cheshire East, Fylde and Wrexham Councils, Chatsworth Settlement Trustees and the Duchy of Lancaster.

Employment Land Studies

We are a market leader in the appraisal of employment land and property markets. Work is primarily carried out for public sector organisations, and is undertaken to identify market failure or to assist in the preparation of planning documents, such as the Local Plan.

Our experience with a variety of stakeholders and businesses enables us to complete thorough and comprehensive property market assessments. We also have a wealth of experience in business surveys, and generate, on average, a 50 percent response rate.

Studies have been conducted at both sub-regional and local authority level; all over the UK. In the last twelve months clients have included Fylde, Hinckley and Bosworth, Ribble Valley, Rutland, Shropshire, Stroud and Vale of Glamorgan Councils.


We have carried out a wide variety of masterplans throughout the UK, covering town centres, business parks, residential areas, industrial estates and leisure attractions.

Our experience with local residents and businesses ensures that we are well practiced in delivering community consultation in the form of questionnaires, focus groups, and public exhibitions.

Generally such work involves multi-disciplinary teams (including transport and environmental specialists, landscape designers, and architects) in order to provide a comprehensive service to the client. Some of our clients include Duchy of Lancaster and Cheshire East, Oldham, Staffordshire Moorlands and Oadby & Wigston Councils.


We have extensive expertise on planning matters, enabling us to advise on planning applications, design statements and development briefs, planning appeals and public inquiries. This covers both commercial and residential development.

BE Group advises and acts for a wide range of clients including individuals, multinational companies, and the public sector. We work throughout the UK with clients including Cheshire East Council and Duchy of Lancaster and private individuals.



Programme Evaluation

We have evaluated a wide variety of European and UK public sector funded projects and programmes, to ensure they have achieved the intended targets and objectives, or to monitor progress towards them. This can involve both mid-term and final evaluations, as well as setting the initial baselines.

We have also successfully developed funding bids and applications on behalf of clients, in order to secure grants for a range of projects. Furthermore we are experienced in evaluating the performance and rationale of organisations; assessing management capability, achievements and value-for-money; in order to generate a forward strategy for them.

Our clients include local authorities and social enterprises in Ireland, Denbighshire County Council, Wrexham County Borough Council, Leicestershire County Council, Natural England and the Red Rose and Mersey Forest.


  • ‘Excellent study. Exactly met our requirements. BE Group provided very helpful and constructive advice and guidance as the study progressed.’

    - Sefton MBC

  • ‘The work involved exploring complex problems surrounding the relationship between employment and local population projections and provided additional supporting evidence and policy advice for the Local Development Plan. Communication was easy and efficient and ensured internal deadlines could be met.’

    - Vale of Glamorgan Council

  • ‘Extremely satisfied with BE Group’s approach as a whole - always contactable and approachable. Thank you all for your efforts. We look forward to working with you again in the future.’

    - Warrington Borough Council

  • ‘BE Group provide an extremely knowledgeable and professional service. We have enjoyed an extremely good working relationship, due to the quality and speed at which demands were addressed and dealt with. Communication has always been friendly and pragmatic. We would not hesitate in using the services of BE Group again, or indeed recommending them to others.’

    - Fareham Borough Council

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