Hello! I am Caz, the creator of Thame Rewards Club - Shop OX9 and 'Caz Wales Photography', who lives, works in and loves all things THAME! I'm a mum of one (with no2 due in June) and generally seem to love spinning plates (not literally!)
I created and launched Thame Rewards Club at the beginning of 2019 as I realised that there wasn't a central platform to find nearby local independent businesses easily so I decided to do something about it... having grown up in Thame I know there are SO many fantastic businesses on our doorsteps for us to all enjoy! Saying that since this began I have found so many local gems I wasn't previously aware of so I want to help you find and enjoy them too!
The main aim of Thame Rewards Club is to make it super easy for our local community to discover, enjoy and use more of the amazing independent businesses that are within 5 miles of Thame. By supporting local independent businesses we can help our local economy thrive and ensure that our High Street and surrounding area continues to have a high quality diverse collection of independent businesses.
Since the arrival of COVID-19, like so many local businesses I have had to review and adapt and as a result I have refreshed the 'Shop OX9 Directory and restructured to make it easier and quicker for the community to keep up-to-date with what businesses/services/goods/products are still available and how to access them.
A silver lining of the COVID-19 Pandemic is that our community have turned to local independent businesses even more so for everyday essentials and many businesses have managed to adapt, remain open and even thrive. However I am equally aware that many are struggling with either reduced capacity/services or are temporarily closed (like my photography business). Thame Rewards Club is dedicated to supporting businesses, whether open or closed, by actively promoting them. We can all take action now to support local independent businesses whether that's through accessing their services/products currently available or through simply showing them some love through leaving reviews, sharing positive experiences with friends/family, giving them a like on social media and/or engaging with what they share.
I am passionate about making a difference and the recent shift towards embracing independent businesses I would love to become a long term change rather than a short term response to the Pandemic. This will only happen if we pull together as a community to #thinklocalfirst and support our local independent businesses.
Alongside the Shop OX9 Directory, you can sign up to our existing 'Rewards Club' and you'll be able to enjoy exclusive offers from participating businesses to provide an added incentive to shop local and save at the same time. Not only does this allow for local partipating businesses to reward your customer loyalty but it can also encourage you to try something new!
As Thame Rewards Club is also about supporting the community, 20% of what is raised from TRC membership each year is donated to a local charity/not for profit organisation. We will be opening the community nominations for this year soon!