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Clive Benfield

Clive Benfield, one of Coventry and Warwickshire’s leading figures in the construction industry, is a man committed to raising the standards in his trade.

Mr Benfield, the managing director of K. B. Benfield Group Holding Ltd., has served on countless committees and boards to help drive through improvements in the industry.


And he has proved to be someone who practises what he preaches as all of the companies under the Benfield umbrella have achieved a series of benchmarks and won several awards to mark them out as high-quality performers in their field.


Mr Benfield himself recently picked up a prestigious personal award for his unstinting commitment to the industry that is not only his business but his passion too.


He was handed the FORCE (Forum for Constructing Excellence) Special Award by possibly the most influential figure in construction over the past decade – Sir John Egan, whose report Rethinking Construction changed the face of the industry.


Mr Benfield was chosen for the award because of his efforts to raise the standards in construction through education and development.


His achievement was part of the FORCE annual Awards Dinner, where several local firms were decorated for their achievements over the past year.


He said: “I was honoured to win this award as it came completely out of the blue.


“There so many deserving winners of awards on what was a thoroughly enjoyable and positive evening for this industry in Coventry and Warwickshire.


“I will treasure my personal FORCE award and will continue to strive hard to raise awareness of the professionalism and high standards now being achieved in the industry and strive to improve on those standards for many years to come.”


Mr Benfield is chair of the Chartered Building Company & Consultancy Board as well as the Construction Industry Schools Partnership Centre and a member of the Learning and Skills Council in Coventry and Warwickshire.


Benfield Homes – the homebuilding arm of the firm – and Benfield Construction have both recently achieved Investor In People status.


Further to this, they are both Chartered Building Companies – which means they are managed by professionally qualified directors who stick to a strict code of conduct.


As well as that, the companies are in the Chartered Institute of Building’s Training Partnerships scheme which encourages all firms to train management and technical staff to achieve professional qualifications.


Mr Benfield added: “The more firms that commit to raising standards, the better it is going to be for everyone – both within the industry and those who use it.


“That is why those companies within the Benfield Group are signed up to schemes that strive to make this an industry that continues to change for the good.”


And Benfield Homes typifies the quality that has now become synonymous with the name.


The company has created hundreds of new properties over the past years across the Midlands – including schemes in Coventry, Banbury, Daventry, Rugby, Earl Shilton and Nuneaton.


The firm is currently working on developments in Coventry at St. James’ Park, St. Nicholas Street and in Woodshires Road– where a range of homes to suit first time buyers, couples and families are being built.


Benfield Homes is also working on prestigious schemes in Hillmorton and Long Lawford that is home to executive five-bedroom properties.


The company has also recently started on two exclusive developments in the Bedworth area that will be home to apartments and houses.


Benfield are also building a new retirement village of 153 homes at Lime Tree Village, Dunchurch, Rugby


Mr Benfield said: “Our slogan, ‘Building Better Homes’ encourages our employees to be proud of what they are building. Over the years, Benfield Homes has proved to be a name that buyers can trust”.


“And that is a point that is being proved by the popularity of all of our schemes across the region.”


The Benfield Group last year celebrated its 70th anniversary having stuck to its principles of quality and excellence since the day K. B. Benfield started his own business in 1933.


But the company has also been willing to adopt change and stay ahead of the game.


Ken Benfield was a carpenter by trade and from small beginnings the company grew through general contracting, civil engineering, housebuilding and property development.


The company now stretches far and wide including the Shropshire-based Fletcher Homes that was acquired by the Benfield Group two years ago.


Clive said: “We have always looked to adopt new technology and new methods at the same time as sticking to the traditions and principles that have made Benfield a success over the years.


“The company is continuing to grow and I will look to expand the business through natural growth and through acquisition too.”


He added: “Since the day my father set up in business 70 years ago, the objective has been to deliver a high-quality service to our clients – whether we are building homes, schools, churches, offices or nursing homes.


“Our target is to have zero defects on handover and to ensure the customer has cost-effective, high-quality buildings and judging by the repeat business we receive, the policy pays off.”


As well as his efforts in running the successful company coupled with his work with the steering groups looking to improve the industry, Mr Benfield is also committed to helping good causes.


He is president of the Enterprise Club for the Disabled and the Three Spires Musical Society as well as trustee of several charities. He is also a governor of Coventry University and has just taken over as Chair of Coventry University Enterprises Limited, the commercial arm of the University.


Added to all that, he is a proud Coventrian and a Freeman of the City of Coventry and is working hard to bring a state-of-the-art new facility to the city that will make it the home of construction excellence in the UK.


Mr Benfield visited Holland earlier in the year to see the Building Management Simulation Centre that provides virtual reality simulations for the training of construction professionals.


He was part of the delegation that have agreed a license for a similar centre in Coventry, which would mean every industry professional would eventually come to the city to train.


He said: “There are some exciting times ahead for Coventry. A great deal of work has been done to make dramatic improvements to the city but there is still more to be done.


“The proposals for a new Advanced Building and Technologies Centre down at Swanswell are particularly promising and securing the license for the Building Management Simulation Centre is further great news for the city and for the thriving construction industry here.”