My journey with STR started back in October 2014, joining the business to help start a Design & Infrastructure business. At the point of joining there were just the three of us so it was a massive challenge to take on having left a large team behind in my previous role.
By 2015 we had grown our headcount and had a business plan as to what markets we were going to specialise in, I had also been promoted to Operations Director at this point. We also launched our official Design & Infrastructure brand, Stride.
2018 we entered the New York market with our Architecture team, by the end of 2020 we decided we needed to create a brand that fully focused on Architecture & Interiors and split this from our Infrastructure markets. The creation of urban as a standalone brand was then formalised. This also coincided with my promotion to Group Director.
Urban has gone from strength to strength in both the UK & US markets whilst Stride continues to service the Infrastructure market in the UK with plans to internationalise in 2023.
From joining the business with just three consultants including myself, I am incredibly proud that we have developed and grown two outstanding brands with a headcount of over 30 and are now recognised as specialists within their markets.
The next few years promise to be as exciting as the previous 8, and I look forward to helping both brands develop further.