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Clé France

The French Property Network

sunflowers seen whilst property hunting in franceOur Story...

Having spent 15 years living in France ourselves, my husband and I founded Clé France to help other British buyers find their dream home.

One thing we discovered while living in France was that British buyers were often missing out on some of the best French properties simply because they weren’t listed in the UK. So we decided to do something about it.

We set up Clé France to give you as an International buyer exactly the same choice as somebody French walking through the doors of their local high street agent, and at no extra charge.

Over the past two decades we have built Clé France into one of the leading French property websites and have assisted hundreds of International buyers in their search to find their very own French property.

Today we have over 8,000 houses for sale in France ranging from affordable houses, cottages in the countryside, rustic farmhouses, coastal villas, charming townhouses, right up to luxury estates.

Buying through Clé France means that you have full access to our extensive network of French estate agents, often independent operators, who you would otherwise never come across.

Not only are you getting the best that the French market has to offer, but you also have the benefit of our U.K. based enquiry office.

Our bilingual support network combined with our in-depth knowledge of the buying process in France, means that you are in excellent and safe hands.

To discuss your search for property in France, or indeed for any further information you may require on French property sales please call our UK office on +44 (0) 1440 820 358.

Thanks for reading, Sharon Evans (Founder and Owner of Clé France - The French Property Network).

Meet the Team

CLE FRANCE

Sharon Evans
Sharon Evans
Founder & Owner

Sharon is the Founder & Owner of Clé France (founded in 2009). She had the idea of starting the business whilst living in France and working as a translator for local notaires and official government bodies such as the Gendarmerie, and also as a sales agent for a local immobilier.

Having begun her professional life with an early hi-level career in fashion at Harrods and in high street brand management, Sharon changed her focus in the 1990s to education.

She taught Business Studies to adult students, and advised companies on training and staff development. She holds two BA Honours degrees in French and English and a Masters Degree in French/English Translation Studies, using her skills to teach English to secondary school pupils in France, and French to mature students.

A skilled bi-lingual communicator who steers the Clé France business from the front. When not working Sharon enjoys reading, creative writing and travelling around France.

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David Evans
David Evans
Co-Founder & Director

David looks after the day to day running of the website, the Partnership Team, system administration, vendors who are selling property in France and all the Clé France marketing activities.

With a background in Architecture & Design, David trained as a Draughtsman in his early career, then moved to a long stint in top level retail management & recruitment in and around central London before leaving the 'Rat Race' and moving to France in 2001.

With the aim of changing his lifestyle and spending more time with his family, he went on to combine all his professional skills by setting up as a bi-lingual 'Project Manager' overseeing 150+ renovation projects in and around Brittany, Pays de la Loire, Poitou Charentes and Upper & Lower Normandy.

David enjoys helping clients realise their dreams of starting-over in France, just like he did, and when he is not helping to run Clé France he enjoys playing guitar, listening to music and is a keen cyclist and long distance runner.

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THE CLE / KEY CURRENCY TEAM

Geoff Lambourne
Geoff Lambourne
Currency Markets Expert

Geoff is your first point of contact for all clients requiring to move funds internationally, a skilled communicator, he can guide you through the options available explaining the benefits of each and has a wealth of experience.

He was previously General Manager of a major import-export company, Tulip Foods, where he managed large cross-border transactions in the US, Spain, Italy, Belgium and Germany.

Previously Geoff also developed commercial relationships with some of the UK’s largest retailers including Tesco, Sainsburys and Marks & Spencer.

Contact Geoff

Matthew Boorman
Matthew Boorman
Head of Compliance

Matthew is responsible for the oversight of the compliance department and ensuring that our policy and procedures are adhered to throughout the business.

Key Currency & Cle France are committed to conducting its business with the highest level of integrity, and to supporting the worldwide anti-money laundering effort.

As head of compliance, Matthew ensures we stringently observe compliance and reporting regulations in order to protect both our company and our customers.

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Tom Lobb
Tom Lobb
Head of Private Client Trading

As Head of Private Client Trading Tom helps take the hassle and stress out of foreign exchange for both private individuals and companies, creating money-saving solutions and strategies that can mitigate the risk from volatile currency markets.

Prior to Key Currency, Tom worked at Enterprise Rent-a-Car where he was fast tracked to management positions due to his work ethic, positive attitude and focus on customer service.

He has also attained a BA (Hons) in Business Management from the University of Gloucestershire.

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Jack Roper
Jack Roper
Head of Client Registrations

Jack’s role at Cle France & Key Currency is to help customers navigate the world of foreign exchange.

We’re not fans on making customers do everything themselves online. Moving money abroad is a serious business, and we’re serious about getting it done right.

After attaining a Bachelor of Commerce degree, Jack worked his way up to managerial positions in retail. He is also an accomplished Lifeguard.

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Wayne Sampson
Wayne Sampson
Client Registration Executive

As Client Registration Executive, Wayne is often the first person a new client speaks to, we take pride in taking the niggle out of international money transfers by doing the hard work for our customers. Wayne helps onboard our new customers through a friendly and efficient service.

Before joining Key Currency, Wayne spent 12 years in recruitment and ran his own escape rooms business.

He is a family man and loves his football.

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Sean Llyod
Sean Llyod
Senior Dealer

Sean helps our customers manage the timing and reduce the cost of their currency requirements and has many years of experience in finance.

As an accomplished orchestra musician, Sean has travelled across every continent while working for both Princess and P&O Cruises.

He has also performed at Glastonbury and the Montreux Jazz Festival.

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Owen Wiles
Owen Wiles
Client Registration Executive

Owen’s role at Cle France & Key Currency is to help onboard our new clients.

With his organised, tidy and efficient approach, he makes life easier for our clients by handling any questions, technical matters or issues that arise and thrives on getting things done.

Prior to his role here as Client Registration Executive, Owen studied Law, Criminology & Political Science.

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Barry Richards
Barry Richards
Head of Client Registrations

As Head of Registrations, Barry is often the first person a new client speaks to on the phone, he prides himself on guiding people to the best currency solution for their needs, helping our clients understand the process.

As an active property investor himself, Barry really enjoys speaking to our clients purchasing or selling international property.

Barry specialises in helping clients through the on-boarding process. Prior to Key Currency, Barry has worked as a stockbroker, financial advisor and retail manager.

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Charles Martyn
Charles Martyn
Head of Registrations

As Head of Registrations, Charles is often the first person a new client speaks too, one of the key things we strive for is to make it easy for all our customers to send money abroad using Cle France & Key Currency.

With his great people skills and IT proficiency, Charles ensures the set-up process is quick and efficient.

As someone with a passion for finance, he also prides himself on assisting clients without the need for complex jargon.

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THE CLE PARTNERSHIP TEAM

Rob Govier Cle France International Mortgages
Rob Govier
French & International Mortgages

With many years experience you can rely on Rob's knowledge of the international mortgage market to find the most suitable solution for your needs.

Buying a property overseas can often be a complicated process, facing challenges in a different language, legal system and processes. The honest, reliable and efficient help of our advisor Rob can take a lot of the stress off your shoulders when buying a home abroad.

With access to market leading mortgage rates from over 30 different mortgage providers, if you are looking to buy a property abroad as a main residence, second home or investment, we can help.

Contact Rob

Tim Durkin
Tim Durkin
UK Re-Mortgages

Tim has been a qualified and licensed Independent Mortgage Broker in the UK market for around 20 years. His previous career, in retail management was focused on providing a supportive customer experience.

His specialist area is to help people release money from their UK properties, to enable them to realise their dreams of owning a French home, often getting them a better deal on their current mortgage at the same time.

Tim became part of the Cle France team after he and his wife bought their “Little Place in France” through the Clé France Property Network.

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Franck Haloche
Franck Haloche
Allianz Insurance

Franck is a general insurance agent and has been an independent financial advisor since 2005.

We have been working with Allianz Insurance since 1999 and more recently with the excellent Franck Haloche, who along with his team offer a friendly, professional service and they also speak very good English!

When looking for a quotation from a French insurance company, in English, or just looking for advice / information about the insurance system in France? then Franck and his English speaking insurance team are proud to be of service to you.

Contact Franck

Ceri Hollingworth
Ceri Hollingworth
Healthcare Insurance Advisor

Although English, Ceri has lived in France for most of her life and has been through the French education system so is both a fluent French and English speaker as well as understanding the French Insurance system inside out. Ceri recently worked on the Home & Car insurance side of the business helping the English speaking population in France.

Ceri knows that the French language is not easy to understand sometimes, so to make life easier for you, she translates your quotations into English. Ceri's team of bilingual specialists are always happy to help.

Ceri enjoys traveling and exploring and loves to keep contact with English speakers and helping them as much as possible.

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Loic Raboteau
Loic Raboteau
French Legal & Tax Advice

Loic Raboteau is a French national and legal consultant specialised in advising private clients on cross-border legal issues between UK, France and North Africa.

A real estate specialist with experience advising on international estate planning and tax issues, Loic provides legal assistance to British clients requiring legal advice in French speaking jurisdictions and a corresponding service to French clients living in the UK who require a French-speaking legal consultant.

Loic moved to the UK in 2002, but has maintained a foot in France by remaining engaged with the French community in London. He is a member of the Association of Franco-British Lawyers.

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Matthew Cameron
Matthew Cameron
French Legal Services

Matthew is internationally renowned for his expertise in French law, he advises on Buying and Selling French property, French inheritance matters, Taxation and Wills.

Matthew regularly appears on radio and television programmes and is a contributor to Living France, French Property News and France magazine on the legal implications of buying, selling and owning property in France.

He has acted for many clients on multi-million Euro property deals. He has lectured in French and English on cross-border legal issues and is a member of the Franco-British Lawyers Society.

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James Sheehan
James Shaheen
Areas Insurance

James is a French general insurance agent with his own agency branch so can deal with the day to day insurance needs of his local community but also being part of a large national group he can cover your insurance needs where ever you buy in France.

A fluent English speaker, James does attract a lot of British and International clients who find his energy to help get the correct insurance cover set up for his clients and his professional knowledge invaluable.

Before starting his Insurance agency James worked as an Immobilier / Estate Agent so he has a wealth of skills to bring to the Cle France team.

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Shabir Djakiodine
Shabir Djakiodine
Euro Accounting Ltd

Shabir has worked in different countries and different languages, in small and large organisations, in chartered accountant practices in Paris, London and Genva, in accounting, finance and auditing. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Shabir speaks 6 languages and has been a Senior International Auditor in Europe for Swiss and US multinational companies, more importantly perhaps he has thee skill set to help and advice people setting up a business in France as well as many other aspects of Taxation and advice.

At Euro Accounting Ltd, Shabir the team are dedicated to offering a first class service to all clients in line with all the Cle France team.

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Tony Smith
Tony Smith
Removal Services Sales Director

At Hamiltons we understand the need to offer an efficient and cost effective service whilst maintaining a personal touch.

Through our years of experience in the removal industry, we have developed our service to make the moving process run smoothly and expertly thus creating a successful moving experience.

We tailor make each and every move down to the finest of details. We understand that, in order to give you the best service possible, we need to have completely
discussed and understood your requirements from the very beginning.

Contact Tony

Geoff Lambourne
Geoff Lambourne
Currency Markets Expert

Geoff is your first point of contact for all clients requiring to move funds internationally, a skilled communicator, he can guide you through the options available explaining the benefits of each and has a wealth of experience.

He was previously General Manager of a major import-export company, Tulip Foods, where he managed large cross-border transactions in the US, Spain, Italy, Belgium and Germany.

Previously Geoff also developed commercial relationships with some of the UK’s largest retailers including Tesco, Sainsburys and Marks & Spencer.

Contact Geoff

Emilien Daveau
Emilien Daveau
Admin & Translation

Emilien and Lucie are a French couple who have lived in the UK for nearly four years, so they have first hand experience of how challenging it can be to be living ad working abroad, in the UK before moving back to North Mayenne (53), France a few years ago.

Being naturally proactive, Emilien and Lucie were able to use their experience of living abroad to help British people they met [and other nationalities] settle in France. They quickly found that they really enjoyed helping and sorting things out for people so they decided to make it their main occupation.

They are now dedicated to helping the English-speaking community navigate their way through French paperwork and the French language.

Contact Emilien

Simon Olney
Simon Olney
Website Developer

Simon is responsible for the website and the database of property details and user information, and basically handles all the deeply technical issues which are part & parcel of running a popular and regularly updated site.

He enjoys peace and quiet above all else, not that it's easy to find. He has been visiting France at least once a year since being a teenager, mainly for the variety and beauty of the countryside plus of course the food - nothing beats a morning cafe au lait and fresh croissant.

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