About us

Howard Group is a third generation family-owned company; our name and long-standing values run through everything we do. Initially a Bedford-based coal and coke delivery business, we have evolved through manufacturing concrete building blocks, engineering, warehousing, retail and transport into the business we are today – a leading regional property developer and investor with a portfolio of diverse and professionally managed properties. We are also a collaborative and patient investment partner, supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs developing meaningful, knowledge-intensive businesses. 


Our Purpose

Our purpose is simple. Every day we strive 'to improve and enrich lives through responsible investing in people, places and ideas'. This means that everything we do, whether it be developing a forgotten place or backing a new and exciting life science entrepreneur, has positive societal impact at its core.

Our Centenary Vision

As we look towards our 100th year in business in 2035, we have mapped out our ‘centenary vision’, which speaks to three key themes of social impact, environmental sustainability and economic responsibility. Our vision is to truly embody our stated purpose and ensure that everything we do will have a positive social (People), environmental (Planet) and economic (Performance) impact. Our approach is to balance these three strands equally as we navigate a changing and challenging world.

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Our Values

As a family-owned business our values as a family - honesty, integrity, loyalty, stewardship, sacrificial service, dignity and respect have been the foundation from which we have built an enduring business, which creates, nurtures and values lasting relationships. These core values inform our six guiding principles and these principles set out how Howard Group and our people do business.

Our History

The company was originally founded as a Bedford-based coal and coke delivery business in 1935 by CAEC ‘Jimmy’ Howard. After the war, the company’s activities expanded to include the manufacture of building blocks as well as engineering, warehousing, retailing and transport. By the 1980s Howard Group was starting to emerge as a significant investor in commercial property, developing many of its own properties. These included a sizeable portfolio of office, industrial and retail premises. Over recent years we have focused on our core strengths within property investment and development, as well as our capital venture activities.

Social Value

Creating social value in everything that we do, demonstrating clear benefit to society and the communities we engage with, is the first tenet of our responsibility as stewards of the Howard Group business.

Financial Responsibility

Maintaining solid financial discipline and taking a longer-term view to creating a lasting legacy from our developments and investments is the second tenet of our responsibility as stewards of the Howard Group business.


Using renewable resources, re-using natural resources and giving back to the environment in everything we do is the third tenet of our responsibility as stewards of the Howard Group business.

Our Expert Team

We are an experienced team of property and investment professionals committed to the careful stewardship of our assets and exceptional customer experience. We also actively seek out and nurture trusted partnerships with like-minded people who share our vision and values.

Our People

Our Partners

Our People Our Partners

Our News

New wet laboratory buildings opening at Unity Campus from summer 2023 – Construction now underway

Leading regional property investor and developer Howard Group has appointed Morgan Sindall Construction as sole contractor for the construction of three new wet laboratory buildings at Unity Campus.

Howard Group appoints new Chair and Board member

Cambridge-based property developer and investor Howard Group is pleased to announce Sian Steele as its new Board Chair and Andrew Hynard FRICS will also join the Board as Non-Executive Director.

HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO officially opens Unity Campus

Cambridge’s new urban innovation district welcomes Royal party and guests to celebrate its existing innovative community and mark the next stage of campus development.

Contact Us

Howard Group
93 Regent Street
01223 312 910