Developer Barberry celebrates more success

A West Midlands property developer and investor has celebrated another successful year during which it has expanded its portfolio and made significant progress on key projects including a major student accommodation development.

Directors and staff at Barberry Group, based near Stourbridge in Worcestershire, welcomed agents, consultants and property professionals from across the country to a charity garden luncheon raising funds for Help for Heroes.

Among those present were Barberry managing director Jon Bellfield and company director Paul Watson, who this year reached a significant milestone of their own. They have shared a 50-year friendship and been in business with each other for 30 years, building Barberry Group into the successful company it is today.

Long time friend of the directors and advisor at Barberry Group, Lord Digby Jones, made a speech which addressed the political uncertainty, Brexit and challenges currently facing business.

Henry Bellfield, director of Barberry Group, said: “It’s been a very successful year for Barberry and we wanted to thank all of the people that we have worked with and who have provided invaluable support.

“We are a family business and we believe it is very important to show our team, and everyone else who works with us across different sectors, that their hard work is very much appreciated.”

The event, at Cakebole House, in Chaddesley Corbett, was attended by around 120 guests. It raised over £2,000 for Help for Heroes, the charity that helps those with injuries and illnesses sustained while serving in the British armed forces.

The money will be donated through a local gentleman who has undertaken his own fundraising efforts for the charity after his four children all returned safely from front line duty while in the armed forces.

The past 12 months has seen good progress made at the Bishop Gate student accommodation development in Coventry. It is Barberry’s biggest current project, and will see the city’s skyline transformed. The £60 million first phase will deliver 725 purpose built student accommodation units for the start of the 2018 academic year.

Barberry is also poised to commence speculatively developing a 46,000 sq ft warehouse unit on land off the A34 Walsall Road, north of Birmingham city centre. It is located on the former site of manufacturing firm Tucker Fasteners. The company has also just completed an extensive fit out and refurbishment of its offices near Belbroughton, to facilitate further expansion and growth of the business.