26/04/12...Thame Loyalty rewarded -
AS the Thame Loyalty Card scheme continues to expand, the participating businesses have been competing with one another to attract the most new members.
During January, Gary Newbrook, who runs CAAOS, the computer shop in Cornmarket, Thame, managed to enrol the most new card holders from amongst his customers.
The Mayor of Thame, David Bretherton, took time out from his busy schedule - including helping to organise the royal visit next Wednesday (May 2) - to present Gary with a bottle of Champagne, just before the start of Tuesday's Annual Town Meeting.
The Champagne was donated by Sean Fitzgerald, the Manager of Waitrose, Thame, who are promoting the scheme. Loyalty cards are available to buy for a life-time's membership, for just £1 from the Customer Service desk, or from any of the 44+ participating shops and businesses.
The Thame Loyalty card scheme is designed to encourage shoppers to patronise and support the town's independent retailers and small businesses, who face the continuing challenge of the larger shopping centres in the nearby larger towns. It is just one of the many projects recently instigated by the 21st Century Thame partnership, with support and funding from South Oxfordshire District Council and the now-defunct, South East Economic Development Agency, to increase footfall in the town and so support its economic sustainability and vitality.
PHOTO: Chair elect of 21st Century Thame, Anne Terry, congratulates Gary Newbrook of CAAOS, who receives his Champagne reward from Cllr David Bretherton, the Mayor of Thame