Friends of Property Investor News will know that the editor Richard Bowser met legendary developer, Tony Pidgley CBE on several occasions during his career. Last month, the TrustedLand 2020 Legacy Award recognised the legacy of the remarkable Berkeley Homes founder, and saw growing SME developer Broadwing Homes win the title.
Broadwing Homes was voted for by our peers for the Legacy Award this year. Tell us a little bit more about the firm and where it originated?
Broadwing Homes originated not from myself, but from one of the partners Karl Spencer. At the time he was in business with another guy, Kenny, and they were looking to develop property in the area where he lives, which is Peterborough. The name came out of his mother's love for birds. She had cancer a few years ago and he decided in memory of her passing, to leave some sort of legacy for her.
I joined Broadwing after they held an investor's evening, where they invited investors to look at their different projects to see who would like to invest. I didn't invest in that particular project, but I liked the people behind it. We had a few different conversations.
I had a project, but couldn't invest in it as I was going abroad, so I offered it to them, but said I would invest the finances, and the synergy just came together. Now it consists of Karl Spencer, Ben Keenan and myself, to make up the The Dynamic Trio.