About Us

Howard Group comprises Howard Property, a property investment and development group, and Howard Capital, which invests growth capital in privately owned businesses.

As a family-owned company, our name and our long-standing values run through everything we do. Over nearly 80 years we have built an enduring business by creating, nurturing and valuing lasting relationships. Our professionalism, transparency and commitment to delivery, coupled with a collaborative approach, means that we enjoy strong and enduring relationships with our partners.


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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 include a sizeable portfolio of office, industrial and retail premises. Over recent years, the Group has focused exclusively on its property investment, development and venture capital activities.

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Our Mission

With our family name still above the door, we have remained true to the principles on which we were founded and maintained our reputation for quality, integrity and performance.

We aim to create long-term, sustainable value for all our stakeholders by operating in a professional, ethical and transparent way at all times. We will achieve this goal through focusing on our strategic objectives.


Strategic Objectives

  • Deliver superior returns to shareholders. We are committed to delivering a better economic return than our shareholders might achieve elsewhere.
  • Create sustainable, long-term property value. We recognise – and prioritise – the importance of wealth preservation over wealth generation and take a long-term approach.
  • Identify and pursue additional value streams outside the core business. We recognise that a level of diversification is important to spread risk.
  • Invest in our people – become an ‘enlightened employer’. We aspire to be a great employer, developing and nurturing our people and offering rewarding careers.


“The Howard Group have proven to be diligent, transparent and highly professional partners.”

Jonathan Martin
Chief Executive – YMCA

“The Howard Group are easy to work with, open and honest in their approach and understand the importance of taking the long-term view.”

Charles Whitbread
Southill Estate

“The Howard Group are sympathetic to the demands and needs of the Cambridge College environment. They are an experienced and professional organisation.”

Paul Warren
Bursar – Clare College, Cambridge