A message from Neil Newstead, founder and CEO
At Oakfield Estate Agents, we’re marking a quarter-century in business with a major rebrand as we celebrate our success with our eyes firmly fixed on the future.
I launched the business back in 1996, together with my business partner Stephen Ruxton-Cocker, from a small office in Hastings. Today, we have a headquarters in St Leonards, but also have branches in Hastings, Eastbourne and Bexhill-on-Sea.
We see ourselves as an integral part of our local high streets and communities, with town-centre offices in prime locations across our area. Additionally, the St Leonards HQ serves as a centralised hub for our property and block management and accounts departments.
And while Oakfield originally focused on the lettings side of the business, it has expanded over the years and now encompasses sales and block management, while retaining our original presence in residential lettings. (Indeed, we’re the biggest residential lettings agency in our area.)
We’re delighted with and immensely proud of the way we’ve grown in recent years across all three areas. But we’re determined not to stand still. We’re committed to continuing this growth and modernising. We certainly don’t want to rest on our laurels. So we’ll keep on investing in the company. We’ve come this far by placing the customer at the heart of every transaction, and that’s what we’ll continue to do.
To that end, the rebrand includes a new identity, with fresh logo, website and signage boards.
A cornerstone of the Oakfield brand philosophy is taking pride in our part of the world and our strong commitment to being a good neighbour. This is outlined in the Oakfield Community Pledge, launched with the new branding on June 1, which promises to share income from all property transactions to nearby good causes which sellers themselves have chosen.
For every house sold, we’ll donate £50 to a local charity of you the customer’s choice, chosen from a pre-selected list of six local charities. At the same time, we sponsor a number of East Sussex football teams, school fetes and similar events. Additionally, individual staff members have thrown themselves into fundraising (literally!) with bungee jumps and marathon running.
We’ve handpicked six organisations who we feel really support our community. And our team will remain involved in helping and volunteering in the community in other ways. We’ve come a long way, but there’s still so much we want to do. It feels wonderful to be celebrating 25 years in business, but we’re really looking forward to the next twenty five.
To discuss any of the matters above, get in touch with the office and a member of the team will be pleased to help.