Regatta relies on the goodwill of dozens of supporters,from the Riffrafters team of organisers to the army of volunteers who guide the crowds or patrol the river in safety boats to rescue sinking raft crews. All give their time or services freely or at greatly reduced rates – but there are some essential costs that cannot be avoided, such as insurance, communications, safety equipment and training. Even toilets have to be paid for.
Ouseday chairman Gavin Keegan says: “Without these key financial sponsors, there would be no regatta, or there would be entrance fees and there would be no money for the charities. So thank you Oakley and thank you to all this year’s other financial supporters, solicitors Lawson Lewis Blakers, Brewers Decorators and Veolia.”
Oakley Property are not only giving their financial support, director David Beacon and the rest of the team at Lewes are keen to get involved and their office at the bottom of High Street will serve as an information HQ for residents in the run-up to July 9.
Executive chairman Chris Oakley says the company decided to back the boats after he watched last year’s regatta with wife Helen.
Chris said: “At Oakley we believe it is important to give something back to communities that support us and we have committed to being the main sponsor of several major charity events this year.
We are proud to have been selected as main sponsors for Ouseday. The whole event is a fantastic celebration of the River Ouse and the raft race gives valuable support to charities that do great work in our local community.
Ouseday also gives us a chance to participate in the event as a company, which enhances the great team spirit that exists at Oakley.
We were blown away by the spectacle and fun of last year’s event, which saw around 500 brave souls taking to the water in central Lewes and making their way, or in some cases not, down to Newhaven.
As a business we are actively involved in providing property advice across the area covered by Ouseday, from Lewes down to Newhaven, so the event has particular significance to us.
We are particularly proud to sponsoring an event that includes The Bonfire Dash, the sprint race for our famous bonfire societies. This is a superb spectacle to behold as the societies do fiery battle and bombard each other.
It is also terrific to see festivities developing at the other end of the race, in Newhaven.
Our business regularly advises clients on commercial and residential property in both Lewes and Newhaven. Some schemes benefit greatly from the presence of the Ouse so this event is an ideal opportunity for us to put something back into the community.
Schemes we have recently advised on include Chandlers Wharf in Lewes and Claremont Heights in Newhaven. Chandlers Wharf (www.chandlerwharflewes.co.uk is a prime development of 13 beautiful riverside homes by Riverdale and Claremont Heights, by Southern Housing Group (www.claremontheights.com), has far reaching views across the mouth of the Ouse as it reaches the English Channel.
We look forward to Ouseday on July 9 and wish good luck to all the brave rafters. Oakley Property will be there on the day and we invite clients and friends to visit our stand and watch the festivities with us.”
Oakley is very much a one-stop property solution for all sectors. The practice combines traditional estate agency, letting and property management services with a well-established commercial property consultancy in retail, business space and industrial property. Oakley are also one of the leading land and new homes consultancies in the region and run new homes offices from both Brighton and Hove and Lewes, covering city and country markets.
Oakley pride themselves on offering a service worthy of recommendation. Chris started the company in 1993 after training as a chartered surveyor. He started by helping small businesses grow in the commercial sector before taking the same philosophy into estate agency services. Today Oakley advise on the sale of property from studio apartments to major new homes schemes such as the Style Field development in Lewes, which will offer 25 new houses and apartments close to the station in the heart of the town.
Chris has kept the business independent, believing in the personal and local, rather than corporation and national brand. Wife Helen joined the business in 2010 and plays an active part in the success of the Lewes office. Chris, who has lived in Lewes since 2000, says: “Oakley has a great vibe running through the whole company and offers an exciting working environment for all our teams. Of course we are in business to make a profit, or we would not be in business very long. But I like to think we are more than an employer, we are a team, a community of colleagues living in a community we all can call home. I am proud of what we have built and achieved in Lewes and the same philosophy runs through our City office in Brighton and Hove, were I was born and bred.
“Every instruction we secure, to sell a private home or a big development, is as important as any other. I always remind my team that we are only ever as good as the last piece of advice that we gave a client and that’s what sets us apart.
“We are always looking to open up new markets and expand our services as it makes us a more rounded busines, with a better depth of experience, and our clients benefit from this. We are now involved in the sale of Shared Ownership properties for Housing Associations and in Brighton we have just won the first ‘PRS’ (Private Rented Sector) contract in the region, where an institution is providing 65 new apartments for the rented market, which we will let and manage upon their behalf. The property sector is fast changing and we aim to embrace this and be at the forefront as the way we live, own and use property evolves in the UK. It’s exciting times at Oakley!”
Full information about Oakley involvement with Ouseday and other charity events – along with details about the company services and news – can be found on their website: www.oakleyproperty.com Or you can phone the Lewes office on 01273 487444