The Ridgewater Property story
- Credit: Poppy Jakes Photography
Established in 2008, Ridgewater Sales & Lettings have provided one of the great success stories in Torbay business over the past decade.
Director Neil Tozer and his dedicated team have grown from a small first office in St Marychurch precinct to now running two thriving property hubs in Babbacombe and Preston, as well as a superb online offering.
As it says on the tin, they are Local. Independent. Experts.
"It was a chance meeting with somebody who just started their own lettings business and the idea of setting up my own business began to blossom," said Neil.
"I moved back to Torbay and in 2008, Ridgewater was set up, initially as a lettings agency, and I used all my experience in the property market to build a business reputation among our customers for delivering unrivalled customer service and fast results.
"The first two years of Ridgewater was run from my porch at home, as that was literally the only space available. The business was incorporated about three days before my first daughter was born, so it was a case of new baby, new business.
"After those initial two years, we opened our first office in St Marychurch in 2010. We took over a space in the precinct and that was a conscious decision because we knew we wanted to be in the middle of St Marychurch life.
"It used to be Seaway Insurance and we were delighted to take the space, later moving into our second office in Preston, which was another conscious decision to be in that area.
"By that time, we were living in Preston and I loved the feel of the community. Preston is quite similar to Babbacombe and St Marychurch in the sense that it is a special little community within Torbay family.
"We wanted to be in Preston, rather than the main town centre of Paignton, taking over a previous business and inheriting new staff. Two years ago, we moved to a bigger site on Manor corner in Preston.
"We are delighted to now be opening a new office in Babbacombe and a measure of the growth in our reputation as Local. Independent. Experts."