One of the things I have enjoyed most since starting my own marketing agency is the opportunity to get involved with and contribute to the local community. In this context, I joined the organising committee of Open Doors Thame and participated in the first event in 2015. This event provides local businesses – industrial, manufacturing, technology, warehousing, distribution, marketing, B2B service providers, and others – with a fantastic opportunity to showcase their businesses to the people of Thame and its surroundings. The second Open Doors Thame took place on Saturday 7 July. More than 20 local businesses – large and small – had exhibits on the car park outside Thame Town Hall.
What’s the objective of Open Doors Thame?
Thame is well-known for its superb retail outlets, and rightly so, but it is also a thriving hub for many large and small industrial and commercial businesses. Most residents are familiar with DAF on the bypass and may have noticed newcomers Groves and Windles take up residence in the new industrial units, but there are countless others, ranging from small B2B service providers, through technology companies to larger manufacturing businesses. Open Doors Thame is an ideal opportunity for local residents to find out what goes on behind those closed doors on our industrial estates and numerous small offices. They are able to:
- Learn more about what local businesses make and do.
- See, touch, and even climb on locally-made products.
- Discuss employment, work experience and apprenticeship opportunities.
- Have a fun day out.
This year’s event was a great success. The exhibiting companies had many discussions with interested local residents. Feedback from the visitors was very positive. Most were not aware of the breadth and depth of industry in their town. We are already making plans for next year’s Open Doors event!
An overview of some of the action at Open Doors Thame 2016.