One question that comes up without fail when directors of the Uckfield estate agency Peter Oliver introduce themselves is “Where does the name of your business come from?”
Many think the estate agents are franchisees of a national operation because of their slick branding and the way they quickly made an impact in Uckfield but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Owen Badman and Nick Gulliver are proud to have set up an independent business and are proud of their company name – especially Owen because Peter and Oliver were the first and middle names of his father.
Owen said: “I didn’t think an estate agency using the surname ‘Badman’ would set the right image, but Peter Oliver is different. The name means a lot because my father instilled a strong work ethic in me, and he was always working hard to provide for his family.”
Owen, who with partner Caroline, has two children of his own, Lily, nine, and Oliver, two, said: “Nick and I own the business 50/50 and I am grateful to him for being prepared to use my father’s name.”
Peter Oliver Badman, who was 61 when Owen was born, died three years ago on December 29, 2014, aged 92, nearly a year after the death of his wife Diana, aged 68.
Peter was a businessman to the end. He ran several businesses with the best-known two being a haulage firm ‘Andy Vans’ and ‘Add a Van’, a hire firm which is still trading today.
During World War 2 Peter served as a mechanic in the RAF and was based in the Azores and Kirkcaldy in Scotland.
Owen says he would have liked his father to see the business now being run under his name.
“More than anything I would have liked him to be proud of me,” he said. “I didn’t want to make a big thing about the origins of the business name but so many people ask us I thought it would be nice to share the story.”