ABOUT US ► HISTORY
Opening of the BEC
Already supported 1000s of businesses
Became a Community Interest Company
Opened BEC 2
Launched the Young Entrepreneurs network
BEC Collective launched
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”.