Small Business Saturday in Thame

Thame will be supporting local businesses on Small Business Saturday with a whole programme of events.

The town will be holding business workshops, such as Social Media Strategy, Your Digital Brand, Converting Goals to Reality and Boost Your Business. There will also be drop in business surgeries with local businesses, Thame Town Clerk and John Howell MP.

Social Media Strategy for Small Businesses Made Simple
Presented by Sarah Fletcher, Mushroom Souffle
10.00 am -10.30 am
Connecting with people and building relationships is the best way to do business and social media is an extremely effective way of doing this. The opportunities that social media can open up for raising your profile, creating brand awareness and building your dedicated community of people specifically interested in what YOU have to say is unlimited. Sarah’s skill is in assisting you to harness that power.

Your Digital Brand: Helping You Get the Basics Right
Presented by Tracy Staskevich and Yvonne Dean, Blooberry Design
11.00 am – 11.30 am
Blooberry Design are specialists in digital marketing, branding, website creation, design and illustration. They will help you create your digital brand and tell your story through interactivity, using powerful messaging and imagery that will leave a lasting footprint in the minds of your customers, prospects and community. From concept to perfect finish, Blooberry have the skills and tools to help you get your brand noticed.

Converting Goals to Reality: Small Businesses Making Big Things Happen
Presented by Jean Gamester, Semaphora
2.00 pm – 2.30 pm
Jean Gamester at Semaphora specialises in helping businesses deliver change and service improvement. Her services include coaching to help people and teams understand and achieve their goals; change management, helping teams help themselves to achieve success and put in place foundations for the future; and interim management, making change happen from the inside. Jean is also a distinguished toastmaster in public speaking.

Boost Your Business: Revenue Strategies for Small Businesses
Presented by Tim Luscombe, Thames Valley Business Advisers
3.00 pm – 3.30 pm
You want more business, right? So where are you going to generate that extra business and what options do you have? Should you focus on selling existing or new products? To existing or new customers? Which strategy will be most effective? TVBA is a network of senior business people with knowledge, experience and achievements spanning every business sector, devoted to helping businesses achieve their goals

Small Business Reception
with the Mayor of Thame, Nichola Dixon, and the Rt Hon John Howell, MP for Henley and Thame
12.00 – 2.00 pm
Join us in celebrating Thame’s award as a Rising Star in the Great British High Streets Competition 2015. Raise your glass and enjoy a piece of Rising Star cake, expertly cut by the Mayor of Thame. Listen to John Howell MP talk about what the Government is doing to help small businesses. Network with other small businesses.

Business Surgeries
Your opportunity to ask questions about any subject that can be answered by our surgery hosts in a one-2-one environment. Maximum time per surgery visit 15 minutes.
Surgery with John Howell, MP for Henley and Thame
John will answer questions related to Government policies relating to business and also help with constituency issues.
11.30 am – 12.00 pm
and 2.00 pm – 2.30 pm
Surgery with Graham Hunt, Thame Town Clerk
Graham will answer questions about business rates and related matters that affect businesses in Thame and locally.
10.00 am – 12.00 pm
Surgery with Phil Westerman, Darwin Swan Associates
Darwin Smith specialise in mergers and acquisitions, with over a decade of experience in buying and selling businesses. This is your chance to ask Phil about the issues involved in buying or selling a business and the pitfalls you should avoid if you are planning either, whether now or longer-term.
10.00 am – 12.00 pm
and 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm

Surgery with Paul Mes, Federation of Small Businesses
The FSB is the UK’s leading business organisation with around 200,000 members, supporting UK small businesses for over 40 years. Find out about the benefits of joining, including tax, legal and financial advice.
10.00 am – 12.00 pm
and 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm

Businesses that are also holding events include:

Book House – Christmas book display
Whittalls – the empty unit is transformed into a pop up art gallery
Newitts Butchers – sausage tasting
Town Hall- information point and music
Steamer Trading – coffee demonstrations
James Figg – workshops and SBS reception
What’s Cooking – mulled wine and food display
Kew Book Binding – book binding demonstration
Library – business book display
Racquets – creative station
Rumsey’s – chocolate demonstration
Swan Walk – sweet art creation and Christmas tree making
Fitch & Fellows – Christmas dog collar making
Cross Keys – SBS Brew


Events are free, but booking is essential and is on a first come, first served basis. Email us to reserve your place now!