for over 20 years
In 1992 Nigel Field joined Winkworth Battersea as a sales negotiator. Now he is the franchisee of Winkworth Kennington.
Winkworth Kennington constantly ranks within the Top 5 offices throughout the network
Office client reviews rated their service at 4.5 stars verified by Helphound
Expansion plans into new and exciting areas
I joined Winkworth Battersea in January 1992 (during the recession and when the Bank of England’s base rate was around 10%) as a sales negotiator. In 1995 a manager’s vacancy became available and I joined the Kennington office as manager. Fortuitously the franchisee took a back seat and allowed me the freedom to run the office. We had many good years, doubling the size of the office by knocking through next door and growing the staff from two sales negotiators to five. In 2008 I was given the opportunity to buy a 50% stake in the sales office and in 2012 I purchased the remaining 50%.
Prior to buying my first stake in 2008 it did cross my mind to go it alone as an independent, but I decided that I had put so much of myself into the Winkworth brand I would continue to invest in it. I haven’t regretted that as I feel a strong brand is so important and will always continue to be so. Some estate agencies open and get a bad name, but from my experience Winkworth is a well-valued and trusted brand which is connected to professionalism and integrity.
Over the last decade or so, I have really worked hard at getting involved with the local community. In 2006, along with the local vicar and a restaurant owner, we decided we wanted a community event – and so the Kennington village fete came about. We are now in our 10th year and it has grown into a fantastic day supported by a couple of thousand people - we have live music all day!
The office also sponsors summer and winter fairs for three schools – we create bespoke boards to advertise their events plus we supply prizes for the art competitions we judge. We subsidise the printing of a local magazine and sponsor a variety of other things, including an open air theatre which puts on a contemporary version of a Shakespeare play, the fete at Vauxhall Park, and recently a local community garden. Lastly, I am a trustee of a local charity called ‘Changeup’, which helps marginalised people such as the long-term unemployed and ex- offenders by offering cheap office space to grow their businesses and offer mentoring to support them. In the last few years HRH Prince Charles, Prince Edward and Countess of Wessex all visited our charity, which I saw as a huge privilege.
At the time I had no real reason to invest in Kennington specifically; but now after twenty years in the area it was my best move. As well as making some really good contacts and great friends, I have seen Kennington really evolve as a fantastic place to live. Over time it has benefitted from the profile and investment that the surrounding areas are getting, such as Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Elephant and Castle, and because of this we have plans to open a few more Winkworth offices within our franchise area in the next few years.