Built Environment Networking (BEN) announced its greatest ever recorded income – approximately £200,000 – in 2020, with conferences and events on real estate and infrastructure.
Leeds-based BEN was established by Keith and Amanda Griffiths, property developers, in 2011. Since then, it has developed from a two-person business to a prosperous SME with more than 30 employees, which will spend more than 2 million pounds in 2021.
In spite of COVID’s issues, BEN’s record profit was reached with a company to completely restructure its business model through three weeks in March 2020 – from the UK leader in online real estate and infrastructure conferences and events to physical events provider.
“2020 has been one of the hardest in my professional life,” said Keith Griffiths, Head of Built Environment Networking. It was a heartbreaking blow because I and my team had worked on the business model for nine years – physical conference – virtually overnight, due to the COVID.
“We have nevertheless managed to transform the COVID problem into a chance for an altogether new industry – online conferencing, thanks to the inventiveness of each staff at Built Environment Network.
“We have created a whole new business model in three weeks, investing in top global conference technology and using Built Environment Networking from one business that has hosted around 90 physical conferences a year in 2020, and our greatest profit ever.
“I am immensely proud of an accomplishment that I think shows the excellence of Built Environment Networking’s market-leading offer to an event company to realize its greatest profit in 2020.”
This year, BEN created the UK Investment and Infrastructure Forum on Real Estate based on the performance of the company in 2020. (UKREiiF).
UKREiiF will culminate in a three-day event in Leeds on 17-19 May 2022 that will involve approximately 3,000 people. The event already received strong backing from the public and corporate sectors.