Richard Saint - Bericote Properties

Richard Saint

Director

When I founded Bericote in 2006, I wanted to build a different kind of company, where the occupier was the priority, where everyone could be a stakeholder.

I find it so much more stimulating to tear up the rule book and see what your legacy can be.

We pioneered and launched an open book business model. We employed this model on repeat custom with BMW/Rolls Royce, Tesco and Amazon and led to us winning all the Asda logistics business from 2006 until the present day.

My responsibility is the strategic vision of the business, whilst constantly challenging the way we work so we can keep doing things better. We are pushing hard on sustainability, so I was really proud when the team created the first heated warehouse not to use gas...and at over 2.3 m sq ft, that's a lot of co2 savings each year, every year.

But we are not interested in 'net' carbon zero. It's a con. It’s time to stop burning the planet, not offsetting by buying people ice creams whilst the bonfire heats up. So that's our challenge, carbon zero, and there's no better place to start than our industry.

That's the next part of my job, carefully selecting land to recycle. And it’s partly why we have never had a planning refusal; we only choose sites that make common sense to (almost) everyone to develop. It’s about that legacy point again; building a wide platform of support that engages people.

Then there is always the tough part, how will we help our occupier and investor cope with a crisis like Brexit or covid? We have proudly kept building safely throughout covid for Kellogg, DHL and Amazon. Keeping the logistics flowing, generating thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of investment in UK Inc. All whilst being 100% domiciled, paying UK taxes along the way.

Who was it who said if you love your job you never have to do a day's work?

But its not all logistics, I love reading, but it’s hard finding anything that matches Steinbeck, any suggestions welcome. I ‘enjoy’ running, and time with my wife and three boys, so long as it’s not shopping or tourism. It’s hard to beat kayaking around Bawden Rocks together, the chill of the Atlantic is revitalising.