Neil Newstead, its founder and CEO, launched Oakfield Estate Agents in 1996 with business partner Stephen Ruxton-Cocker, from a small office in Hastings. Today, there is a head office in St Leonards, but branches in Eastbourne and Bexhill-on-Sea have also been opened.
Oakfield originally focused on the lettings side of the business, but it has expanded over the years and now encompasses sales and block management, while retaining its original presence in residential lettings.
“We’re delighted with and immensely proud of the way we’ve grown in recent years across all three areas,” said Newstead. “But we’re determined not to stand still. We’re committed to continuing this growth and modernising. We certainly don’t want to let the grass grow under our feet. 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.
In addition, the Oakfield Community Pledge, launched with the new branding on 1 June, promises to share income from all property transactions to nearby good causes which sellers themselves have chosen.
For every house sold, the agency donates £50 to a local charity of the customer’s choice, chosen from a pre-selected list of six local charities.
“We have handpicked six organisations who we feel really support our community,” added Newstead. “The 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 celebrate 25 years in business, but we’re very much looking forward to the next twenty five.”