Our team is headed by Vince Sandwell, who has over 30 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, Chatsworth Settlement Trustees, Lancaster City Council and West Oxfordshire District Council.

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 Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, Maldon Borough Council, Derby & South Derbyshire Councils and Vale of Glamorgan County Council. We are currently working with Manchester City Council, Melton Borough Council and SW Hertfordshire Authorities.

Masterplanning / Placemaking

We have carried out a wide variety of masterplans and placemaking plans throughout the UK, covering town centres, business parks, residential areas, industrial estates and leisure attractions. These have formed the basis of successful funding bids, including Levelling Up Fund, Town Deal, Future High Street Fund and Transforming Towns.

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 Gwynedd Council, Pembrokeshire County Council, Mid Devon District Council, Cheshire East Council and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.


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 throughout the UK, including individuals, multinational companies, and the public sector.



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 Pembrokeshire County Council, St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council, Shropshire Council and Scarborough Borough Council.


  • ‘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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