B Corp certified construction company opens first UK office

22nd Mar 2024

 

Agilité management team 2024

Agilité's European senior leadership team (L-R): Cormac O'Sullivan (operations director), Galia Minkara (operations director), Neil Coales (MD), Charles Delhaye (financial controller), Kirsty Shearer (development director), Daniel Hunt (UK country head), Naomi Felix (human resources manager), Alexandre Loisy (pre-construction director).

Leading European construction company and certified B Corp, Agilité, is expanding its international presence with the opening of its first UK office. The investment comes as the firm is targeting sustained 20 percent year-on-year growth, in a bid to see turnover reach €100 million within the next three years.

Providing office, retail and hospitality construction and fit-out work across the continent, Agilité’s burgeoning client portfolio includes brands such as Lululemon, Fred Perry, General Motors and Hogan Lovells. Recent UK projects include Alo Yoga’s first UK store, Lids’ country-wide retail roll-out, spaces within the groundbreaking The Social Hub in Glasgow, an opulent UK home for jewellery brand Mejuri and Costco’s new food court in Chingford.

Now in its sixth year of trading, Agilité’s 1,800 sq ft space in Farringdon is furthering the commercial interiors specialist’s commitment to growing its international business – with the UK arm having been established in 2019. Agilité UK’s turnover reached €1.5 million in 2022, increasing to €5.5 million in 2023 – with the firm targeting €11 million in 2024.

Agilité directly employs nine people in London, including UK country head Daniel Hunt – former regional director at Aecom – and newly-appointed commercial manager, Nicholas Perry, who moves from his previous role as commercial manager at ISG.

“London is still the major financial capital of Europe, and the market here is huge – not just in corporate office space, but in retail, leisure and hospitality, too,” explains Neil Coales, Agilité’s managing director. “That’s why many US brands that want to ‘crack’ Europe will arrive in London first.

“Agilité is by no means ‘new’ to the UK – having delivered over 35 projects here in the last 18 months – but we want to be able to offer pan-European fit out services that understand the local market, economy and supply chain because we’re living and breathing it, too.”

Agilité UK Office Opening

Agilité UK country head, Daniel Hunt at the opening of the Farringdon office on March 20

“Not only is Farringdon one of London’s most fashionable areas to live and work, it’s arguably one of the city’s best-connected areas – both domestically, and for our head office in Paris,” explains Daniel Hunt. “While we’re no stranger to the UK market, this bricks and mortar investment in our British home is a direct response to demand and sees us poised to support clients, both new and existing, as they pursue their own growth ambitions.”

Earlier this year Agilité became a certified B Corp – one of only two in the UK’s ‘contracting and building’ sector. With other existing bases in Paris, Milan, Berlin, Brussels and Luxembourg, as well as a planned expansion into the US, Agilité’s project delivery portfolio now spans 12 countries.

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