Locale, a pioneer in property technology that offers online building management and engagement solutions, celebrates their 15th anniversary in 2020.
Founded in 2005 by entrepreneur Guy Windsor-Lewis, his vision was to digitally transform an industry that is typically prone to old fashioned and outdated processes. Gradually, a digital movement has taken grip, with real estate seeking to implement technology solutions for building management that is smarter, cost effective, and engaging.
In 15 years, Locale has grown to a 30-person strong business, establishing themselves as a key component to building operations. Providing tech solutions to the UK’s prestigious property players and iconic landmarks across the UK including Savills, BNP Paribas Real Estate and The Shard, Locale covers 60 million square feet of real estate, with 200 buildings trusting Locale to deliver an exceptional experience.
The Locale portal itself has evolved from simple document storage, to being a multi-functional software that facilitates building teams in both operations and occupier engagement. This includes modules such as announcements, visitor management, keys, deliveries, groups, helpdesk and much more that provide instant communication, efficient processes and an enhanced customer experience. To further inspire and captivate occupiers, Locale Life was created in 2018 to provide unique experience solutions which are tailored to each building’s community, resulting in vibrant places to live and work.
Operating in the city of Oxford, Locale is about to move into a new, larger office space to accommodate the growing team, as well as to support ambitious plans to scale up marketing and video content, create educational virtual events, and push for further growth within PropTech.
Founder & CEO Guy Windsor-Lewis is excited about what the future has in store for Locale, he reflects: “To be celebrating Locale’s 15th Birthday is an incredible milestone, as when it was first created, it was a challenge to promote new and modernised property management and engagement tools in real estate in 2005. There were less than a handful of businesses in the market that offered digital solutions, and I have witnessed first hand the evolution of proptech in the UK.
“Slowly but surely, the approach to technology has improved and attitudes to tech adoption has accelerated the last couple of years – in particular the last 3 months – which has led to huge excitement and overwhelming growth for the proptech industry.
“Over the past 15 years, I have been delighted to have been able to grow the Locale team, and invest in departments including product development, client services and sales and marketing in order to provide a seamless and robust experience for our clients. I hope to continue our development and growth in the next 15 years, and look forward to the industry fully embracing what we have to offer.”
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