About Beacon Partnership


What our clients say

“We worked closely with Steve Beard one of the partners at Beacon Partnership working in Optimix to model a ten-year national social house-building programme. Steve was fantastic to work with – knowledgeable, experienced, and willing to go above and beyond to deliver exactly what we needed in a tight timescale. I would work again with Beacon Partnership without hesitation.”

Will Jeffwitz – Policy Officer, National Housing Federation

“I commissioned Beacon Partnership to provide the financial modelling for a joint GLA/g15 assessment of affordable housing funding requirements in London over the next decade as I knew their expertise and understanding was second to none. On behalf of the g15 I can confirm that they were a pleasure to work with and they exceeded our expectations with the depth of their knowledge, the sophistication of their Optimix financial model and their commitment to meeting our deadlines.”

Jamie Ratcliff – Former Assistant Director – Housing, Greater London Authority, now Executive Director Network Homes (Chair organisation for g15 large housing associations)

“We needed a development viability model that was responsive, user friendly and flexible. What we found with Beacon Partnership was the ability to provide exactly this whilst ensuring the appraisal toolkit that we use was bespoke for the needs of our organisation. I would recommend Beacon Partnership to other HAs who are looking to create a bespoke viability model that is responsive to the changing needs of their development programmes.”

Victoria Bolton – Head of Development, Cymdeithas Tai Newydd Housing Association

“Steve and the Team at Beacon Partnership created an appraisal tool with the flexibility and detail required to exactly fit the unique residential, health & wellbeing, community and commercial business of the YMCA St Paul’s Group. This has been invaluable in providing auditable compliance to our development programme by clearly illustrating KPI performance, budget cost and programme.”

Mark White – YMCA St Paul’s Group

Phoenix Community Housing uses the Beacon Partnership to support its development programme and help us maintain high standards of fire and building safety. Steve Beard has advised Phoenix Community Housing for a number of years, supporting the development of our first newbuild homes, providing comprehensive research to underpin our development assumptions and the model we use to assess financial viability. David Rowson continues to help us implement an appropriate and robust programme approach to fire risk and compliance for our existing and new homes.

Lesley Johnson – Director of Property and New Business, Phoenix Community Housing

“We were delighted to be able to engage Phil from Beacon to help our newly formed team with our approach to financial modelling, viability assessment and procurement.

As our development programme has evolved overtime to include all tenures that range from social, affordable and rent products as well as homeownership and outright private sale homes, their flexible and easy to use toolkits have been invaluable in giving our stakeholders confidence on scheme financial performance.

Of particular benefit to us has been Beacon’s ability to engage with both our finance colleagues and asset managers to ensure they have confidence in the appraisal tools that we use.”

Ash Ahmed – Assistant Director of Development, Stevenage Borough Council

“We used Optimix to build our pipeline and continue to use it to appraise our development programme. Its intuitive functionality and simple interface make this an excellent platform. We are also extremely impressed with the Beacon team both during on-boarding and in providing continued technical support.”

James Masini – Principal Development and Land Manager, London Borough of Lewisham

“I’ve used a number of different tools to monitor viability in council led development projects, and Optimix is by far the most flexible and easy to use. It accurately models target rent, shared ownership and private sale homes to illustrate how complicated mixed tenure schemes can be created.  It gives development managers the ability to make informed decisions as their projects progress and is the right tool to ensure that we make best use of the funding we have available.”

Osama Shoush – Regeneration Programme Manager, Southwark Council

Some of our clients