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Timeline

  • 13th July 1981

    Spenbeck is founded in 1981 by Mich and Don Stevenson, two brothers born and bred in Nottingham with a shared interest in property. Naming the company after two of their children – cousins Spencer and Becky – they used their knowledge of the city to turn their passion
    into business

  • 1981

    Spenbeck opens its first office at Eight Broadway, starting the special relationship with The Lace Market that was to endure to the present day.

  • 1990s

    The nightclub boom leads to a new leisure offering from Spenbeck. Mich and Don become landlords of Faces, Kool Kat and The Monastery

  • 1990s

    Spenbeck expands its portfolio by renovating strips of Victorian houses and regenerating suburban shopping arcades

  • 1992

    Don is lost in a tragic accident

  • 1993

    Mich conceives and helps establish The Lace Market Trust to protect and regenerate this historically and commercially important area of Nottingham

  • 1994

    Mich saves the Shire Hall from likely demolition by founding The Galleries of Justice Museum and The National Centre for Citizenship and the Law (NCCL). Mich raised £3.5m in just 18 months and was founding chair for 22 years

  • 1997

    Mich is awarded an honorary MA by Nottingham Trent University for regenerating The Lace Market

  • 1997

    Spenbeck moves to Kings Court, a recently regenerated warehouse in The Lace Market, to make room for new tenants

  • 1998

    Mich is awarded an OBE for 'services to the Galleries of Justice'

  • 2005

    Mich is awarded the Freedom of the City of Nottingham

  • 2006

    Victoria, Mich and Jan's youngest daughter, joins Spenbeck

  • 2006

    Long-serving, valued employees Pauline and Christine retire

  • 2007

    Spenbeck is invited to join the Coutts Family Forum, an initiative providing opportunities for family business owners to meet and learn from each other

  • 2010

    Becky, Mich and Jan's eldest daughter, joins Spenbeck

  • 2010

    Mich is awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws (Hon LLD) by Nottingham University to recognise his long-standing commitment to The Lace Market regeneration

  • 2011

    Spenbeck begins a refurbishment programme of its 30,000 sq ft of creative space, including bespoke fit-outs and installs a dedicated uninterrupted lease line

  • 2011

    The birth of the Creative Quarter brings significant investment into The Lace Market. Mich was instrumental in the establishment of this idea, which he devised following an invitation to attend an Entrepreneur’s Conference at the EU Parliament

  • 2012

    Victoria becomes a trustee of Emmanuel House Support Centre

  • 2012

    Becky becomes a Governor of Nottingham Girls' High School (GDST)

  • 2015

    Succession of the family business is complete, with Victoria and Becky, daughters of Mich and Jan, now running the company

  • 2015

    Winners: Forward Ladies 'SME Emerging' Regional Award

  • 2015

    Shortlisted: Midlands Family Business Awards - Service Excellence

  • 2016



    35th Anniversary
    Victoria and Becky continue the family’s passion for restoring The Lace Market’s heritage and reinvigorating the area. Providing creative space in the Creative Quarter is key to their future plans, as are their philanthropic values, supporting charities and schools.