Members of the Oldfield Smith team from the left are office manager Sue Collett, directors Richard Oldfield and Bernard Smith and chartered surveyor Paul White. Missing from the picture is financial controller Elizabeth Douglas-Smith.

Targets smashed as Uckfield firm continues to grow

Uckfield chartered surveyors Oldfield Smith, launched in Uckfield five years ago, are continuing to expand their business with projects undertaken across the country.

Bernard Smith and Richard Oldfield say that since they launched the company it has smashed targets set in their business plan.

They are pleased with River Way premises bought as their headquarters in November 2016, and with an office opened in Gatwick last summer.

Significant

Mr Smith said the property management department is now a significant part of the Oldfield Smith business with more than 100 units under management across East Sussex, West Sussex, Kent and Surrey borders.

In the last quarter the company has taken on new management contracts in Burgess Hill, Tunbridge Wells, Crawley, Crowborough and Uckfield.

That is adding to existing contracts in Haywards Heath, Gatwick and Polegate.

Security

Mr Smith said: “People are coming to us because we offer the security of being a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors regulated practice, with the highest professional standards.

“We use the latest property management software, we are proactive, and we like to have a good personal relationship with clients and tenants.”

Professional work, such as surveys, dilapidations and valuations, is also increasing for the practice with surveys recently completed on behalf of an international retailer in Weybridge, Surrey, and Herne Bay, Kent.

Instructions

They have completed survey work in Birmingham, dealt with a dilapidations claim and subsequently re-let a former doctors’ surgery in Reigate, and got new investment instructions in Surrey and Manchester.

Mr Smith said in terms of agency work the business had completed deals in Haywards Heath, Crawley, Eastbourne, Hailsham and Crowborough.

They are looking to extend the agency department with recruitment plans to bring in an extra member of staff which will take the total number in the Oldfield Smith team to six.

Mr Smith said the Crawley office was attracting instructions for management, professional and some investment work too.

Opportunities

He added: “All the time we are looking for opportunities to add value to sites through conversion, refurbishment, or altering the configuration.”

Mr Oldfield said they hadn’t anticipated such rapid growth of the business within so few years but the business itself was generating the income to pay for the expansion.

• Contact details for Oldfield Smith & Co can be found 24/7 in our Uckfield Directory. Look for the name or search in categories for Chartered Surveyors, Commercial Estate Agents, or Commercial Property Management.

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