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Looking back at our client events 2019


We first started hosting events for our clients in 2013 as a small way of saying thank you to our landlords for their business and for their loyalty.  We see it as a benefit of being a Finders Keepers client and try to include a mixture of both fun and educational activities so that there is something for everyone. 

Over the years, we have toured the MINI Factory, taken an Inspector Morse themed walking tour, hosted property seminars with a variety of guest speakers, experienced a driving day at Castle Combe and put on a cricket match with cream tea made by Finders Keepers staff.

This year’s events were hugely popular, with clients eager to gain access to some of the more exclusive parts of Oxfordshire. Here’s a look back at what we did:

  1. The Mousetrap, Oxford Playhouse
    In March we took our clients to see Agatha Christie’s ‘The Mousetrap’ at the Oxford Playhouse; the longest running show of any kind in the history of theatre.  We enjoyed refreshments in the Lucy Room before experiencing the clever, humorous and thrilling first half of the play where the characters were introduced with just enough of a back story to keep us guessing. The interval (held back in the Lucy Room) was full of guesswork and theories…as we promised, we shall preserve the tradition of keeping the secret of whodunit. Suffice to say it was a thoroughly enjoyable trip to the theatre!

  2. Landlord Tax Seminar, St Cross College, Oxford
    Our spring seminar was jointly hosted with local accountants Shaw Gibbs.  It featured presentations on inheritance tax planning for landlords from Shaw Gibbs and advice and tips on upgrading rental properties to improve rental income from our building division, Bricks & Mortar – including a video of the complete upgrade of a 3 bedroom house in Headington which resulted in a 100% rent increase.

  3. Private Guided Tour of the Ashmolean Museum
    In May we had the privilege of exploring the treasures of the Ashmolean Museum with a private guided tour after the museum had closed for the evening.  The museum first opened in 1683 as Britain’s first public museum after Elias Ashmole gifted his collection to Oxford University “because the knowledge of Nature is very necessary to human life and health”. Our clients were shown around a fascinating range of floors and galleries and had nothing but praise for our tour guides at the end.

  4. Walking Tour of Wytham Woods, Oxford
    On an unfortunately rainy day in June we met our clients at the White Hart in Wytham for tea and scones before having an exclusive, two hour guided tour around the ancient, semi-natural woodland that is Wytham Woods.  This area has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and is one of the most researched pieces of woodland in the world.  It has over 500 species of plants and 800 species of butterflies and moths.

  5. The Oxford Artisan Distillery (TOAD) Tour, Oxford
    We had no shortage of Finders Keepers team members offering to represent FK at the tour of this local distillery in July. The visit provided a unique insight into the journey of TOAD; we learned how they source their ingredients and about the work involved in making their gin, vodka, absinthe and rye whiskey.  The tour finished with a tasting session, taking us through different spirits and finished with a large gin and tonic.

  6. Property Intelligence, Oxford University’s Mathematical Institute
    2019 saw the celebration of our 10th annual property seminar, Property Intelligence. This is our flagship event providing landlords with an opportunity to keep a finger on the pulse of influential property trends and network with other landlords and investors. Back by popular demand, this year’s guest speaker was Kate Faulkner, Property Analyst, who spoke at Property Intelligence 2015 with excellent feedback.

  7. Tour of Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury
    Waddesdon Manor was built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in the late 1800s to display his collection of arts and to entertain the fashionable world.  In October we took a private, guided tour of the ground floor of the house, including some of the grandest rooms and the majority of the Rothschild collection.

  8. Tour of Diamond Light Source, Harwell
    Diamond is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility where electrons are sped up to near light speeds, producing light 10 billion times brighter than the sun.  Scientists then use these bright beams to study everything from vaccines to jet engines.  This exclusive two hour tour gave us insight into this amazing facility in South Oxfordshire.

We have already started shortlisting an array of exciting activities for the next calendar year, which we will send to our clients in the New Year.  If you’re a landlord and would like to suggest a potential event then email events@finderskeepers.co.uk. To find out how to become a Finders Keepers client call us on 01865 302302!