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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 71 - September 1992
Commercial Department of BRC - Chris Tayler - Director of Commerce
With the creation of the Board of Management for the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre I feel that now is an appropriate time to explain to members the role of the commercial section.
Many members will no doubt feel that this is self evident while others will be unaware either of the breadth of the area covered or indeed who are the various members involved in this part of the organization.
The purpose of the commercial department is to look after the commercial interests of the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre as opposed to those of the Quainton Railway Society. This is an important distinction because the board is directly responsible to the QRS Executive for all its actions.
The most obvious commercial activity is the public open days which is a direct form of fund raising utilizing the resources of the Centre with full participation of the membership. Other activities at the Centre can involve filming contracts and production of advertisements for both television and newspapers and magazines.
A lesser known side of these activities is the hiring out of relics for use as props or patterns to various film and television companies. These can range from a locomotive or carriage to a carriage door to a button for a uniform.
The promoting of the Centre for use by various organizations for rallies is another profitable area, and if any member belongs to a club who they feel would be interested in holding a rally or just visiting the Centre please give me their details in order that I might write to them.
Another important area is sponsorship and is one in which we have not been too successful in the past. This has been mainly through the lack of full time officers to follow up leads and visit companies during working hours to discuss sponsorship details. The position is now changing and I am hopeful of an improvement in this area once the recession starts to ease.
A very major activity of the commercial department is promoting the Centre to both the public and business. This has been fairly low key over the years with many members quite rightly complaining that the Centre never seems to be mentioned in the railway publications or elsewhere.
This whole area is being pursued vigorously and hopefully members are already seeing the fruits of our efforts not only in the daily press but both in the local and national press.
The commercial team currently consists of:
If you feel that you can help or would like to get involved in the commercial side of BRC please contact me. I am particularly looking for somebody to take over as manager/manageress of the catering.
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