Starting a business in Oxford: Distinct Estate Agents

The property start-up details the benefits of launching in the "cosmopolitan" city, listing reputation and international environment as draws to the area

Company name: Distinct Estate Agents
Founder: Sarka Naivertova
Founded: November 2013
Description: A modern, effective and affordable way to sell or let your residential property. We are an online estate and letting agents with a local presence and our offices are in heart of Oxford, in Cornmarket Street in the city centre. Our aspiration is to expand business in the next few years; keeping Oxford as its headquarters due to its strategic position.

What’s great about starting a business in Oxford?

The amount of people who are moving in and out of Oxford – it’s great city for both property rental and sales market. It is also very cosmopolitan and fits my target market profile.

What business support in Oxford have you used? 

Oxfordshire Business Enterprises agency and networking events such as the Clarendon Centre.

Name the top three reasons to set up a business here:

  1. Demand for rental properties and properties to purchase due to the fact it is the university city (property prices are likely to stay solid even in the economic downturn and there will be always demand)
  2. International environment
  3. Its reputation

Where could Oxford be better/ what does it need? 

More housing and more affordable properties.

How easy has it been to access finance to grow?

I initially had my own money. I am currently seeking funding and I am finding it challenging.

Where do you go to network in Oxford?

Social media networking with people based in Oxford (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter) and networking events (Clarendon Centre networking events, Oxfordshire Project, etc.)

Where do you take a client for a business lunch/ meeting?

Some great places to meet and greet clients include the Perch, Trout, Fishes, Wine Caffee in Summertown, Geez, Jam Factory.

Where’s great for a company night out?

The Living Room.

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