Commercial property

New doors for Open Dawes as training firm relocates

Written by Peter Davison .

Chris DawesSwindon-based Open Dawes Training Ltd has moved to smart new offices, as business flows in for the presentation, public speaking and media training company.

Open Dawes Training, which offers CPD accredited training for organisations and individuals, has relocated to Nexus Business Centre’s serviced offices in Swindon, moving from Gemini House at Groundwell Industrial Estate.

The company’s founder and managing director Chris Dawes, who has a second career as a motor sports commentator, said the new venue better reflected the nature and growth of the training business and its clientele.

“We loved being in Gemini House, as our first office for the media side of Chris Dawes Comms, but the facilities at Nexus are great, and it’s an excellent venue to bring our clients when we are delivering one-to-one training.”

Open Dawes trains groups or individuals, either in-house or at its head office training centre at Nexus, in Cheney Manor. Its clients range from accountants and insurance companies, to public sector and charities, and professional sports people/management.

Chris is also developing an online training service, and has already coached a young Australian racing driver based in Brisbane, in presentation and public speaking skills.

Earlier this year the company was recognised by BBC Dragons’ Den’s former dragon Theo Paphitis, and invited to become one of an elite group of small businesses in the entrepreneur’s Small Business Sunday network.

In January, Chris – a regular commentator at motor sports venues across the UK and in Europe – was runner-up in the Commentator of the Year annual awards run by Motorsport Media, which broadcasts Motorsport Radio and online live visual broadcasts.

“Both sides of my business – Open Dawes Training and Chris Dawes Comms – are doing really well. Open Dawes Training in particular has really taken off and has now overtaken the media side.

"The commentating, voiceover, TV/radio presenting, and live event hosting business will become a sub-brand of Open Dawes.”