Community Development winner 2017

Business person of the Year

Karen West-Whylie

Corporate Social Responsibility – Winner

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50 Cambridge Road
Barking
IG11 8FG
020 8227 3030 
020 8227 5037

ABOUT US ► HISTORY

Timeline:

2011

 

Opening of the BEC

2013

 

Already supported 1000s of businesses

2016

 

Became a Community Interest Company

2016

 

Opened BEC 2

2017

 

Launched the Young Entrepreneurs network

2018

 

BEC Collective launched

2019

Barking Enterprise Centre has a long, successful history of working in Barking and Dagenham. Originally known as the East London Business Partnership, it worked with local people who wanted to start their own businesses. In 2011, the Barking Enterprise Centre moved over to the strategic business partnership set up between the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and Agilisys and was called Elevate East London. This was a very successful move and saw Barking Enterprise Centre move into a brand new, purpose-built enterprise centre located in the town centre.

 

In January 2016 BEC 2 was launched offering an additional flexible work spaces for small organisations and then, in April 2016, Barking Enterprise Centres officially became a Community Interest Company with continued support from the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and Elevate East London. Community Interest Companies (CICs) are social enterprises that want to use their profits and assets for the public good and for the benefit of the community. Watch this video.

But we’re not stopping there! Our ambitious plans mean we are finding innovative solutions to continue to help support businesses. This includes the formation of the BEC Collective; supporting creative businesses and an exciting brand-new service, dubbed the “workspace of the future”.