Every idea usually starts by having a problem to solve but this one was quite straight forward: to create the best construction consultancy practice by having hands on commercial experience of delivering major construction projects.
In 2011, our founder and group CEO, Scott Smyth, identified a gap in the market when working as a quantity surveyor with major contractors in the construction industry. He recognised there was a need for a consultancy practice that combined practical experience of managing construction projects with cost consultancy. Soben was born.
Between 2011 and 2020, Soben successfully expanded throughout the UK from our Glasgow base and a year later moved into USA, Mexico, Chile, and Germany. In January 2022, Soben’s APAC office was launched in Singapore with firm plans to grow across the region to align Soben’s capability with ongoing client demand. Our global presence now stretches across six continents employing over 200 people.
As part of his ongoing commitment to Soben’s continued success, Scott has invested up to 91% of profits back into the business to facilitate our exciting growth plans. This investment has allowed us to create support teams which covers marketing, human resources, finance, and talent acquisition to underpin our global expansion.
Soben then doubled down on investment and took the opportunity to hire key personnel from the industry who were made available due to cutbacks in the industry, bravely choosing to hire first and define roles later.
Soben’s senior management team continually find themselves asking how they can do more to make a significant impact to our people and the sectors we operate in. This starts by redefining everything that a company stands for and the way it goes about its business which resulted in a rebrand at the beginning of 2022.
With new mission and vision statements and the introduction of fresh core values of honest, brave, dynamic, and inclusive really captured the spirit of Soben’s purpose. They identify how Soben acts as a business, the stories we tell, the projects we choose to develop or dispense with, and how we talk to our clients, prospects, suppliers, and each another.
It’s an exciting time for everything and everyone associated with Soben as we continue to shake up the construction consultancy industry and shape the future with integrity.
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