Full line up, times and locations announced for inaugural Gloucester Folk Trail #GetFolked now extended 22nd-25th Feb.

4bd270b3118c49b055e6151599b5635c-rimg-w720-h515-gmirolk musicians from around the county will congregate in Gloucester in a month’s time for a brand new, FREE event. The very first Gloucester Folk Trail takes place from 23 to 25 February as venues across the city host traditional and contemporary folk acts for a weekend of free live performances.

The bumper line-up of musical acts will be performing in the city’s pubs, bars, cafes and other venues. The Gloucester Folk Trail is the one of the first events to be funded by the Gloucester Business Improvement District (BID). Supported by Marketing Gloucester and venues who are also members of the BID, it is hoped that the Gloucester Folk Trail follows in the footsteps of the successful and long-running Gloucester Rhythm and Blues Festival.

Participating venues are listed below with more to be added:

  • The Abbey
  • Angie’s Bar
  • Café Rene
  • The Cavern
  • Cookes Coffee and Curios
  • The Cross Keys
  • The Dick Whittington
  • The Northend Vaults
  • The Old Bell
  • Peppers Café
  • The Tall Ship
  • TANK
  • Veranda Lounge

Danny Hammond from Match Factory Studios is the music liaison for the Gloucester Folk Trail, said: “It’s really exciting to see something different, supporting grassroots music from the wider county. The Folk Trail will embrace traditional and contemporary bands of the genre, appealing to a diverse audience. The atmosphere in the city is going to be excellent.”

Fred Fisher, joint owner of Angie’s Bar, said: “We’re really happy for Angie’s Bar to be involved in the Gloucester Folk Trail in it’s very first year. It’s great that Gloucester BID is investing in events and supporting its members to help drive footfall into the city centre.”

Gloucester BID will be supporting events like the Gloucester Folk Trail that benefit businesses in the BID area over the next five years, by drawing together members to work in partnership with each other to generate high footfall. It is hoped that music fans from around the county will descend upon Gloucester for what promises to be fun and vibrant weekend.

Don’t miss this great weekend supporting Gloucester’s live music scene and the county’s musicians. Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th February 2018

THURSDAY
Folky Thursday
Open Mic Old Bell/Tigers Eye
8pm onwards

Petty Hegglers Band 
The Tank
7pm onwards

FRIDAY

Sam Haward – Solo fingerstyle guitar
Cooke’s Cafe
5.15pm

Gwilym Davies – Songs of Glos. (Lecture)
Cooke’s Cafe
6pm

Danny Hammond – Solo fingerstyle guitar
Cooke’s Cafe
7pm

Mischief Afoot – Trad band
Cooke’s Cafe
8.15pm

Karen Swan – Acoustic songs
Pepper’s Cafe
6pm

Discovery – Acoustic Folk Duo
Pepper’s Cafe
7pm

ReBil – Acoustic Folk Duo
Pepper’s Cafe
8pm

Shepherd’s Crook – Vocal Folk Choir
Cafe Rene
7pm

Ruben Lovett – Folk Rock
Cafe Rene
9pm

Bewelien – Folk Rock
Cafe Rene
10pm

Lila J – Acoustic band
Veranda Lounge
8.15

Shaggy Dog Raconteurs
Dick Whittington
9pm

SATURDAY

Wolfren Riverstick
Angie’s Bar
3pm

Clint Mann
Angie’s Bar
4pm

Michael Parker
Angie’s Bar
5pm

Michael Parker
The Fountain
7pm

Lassington Oak – Morris Dancers
Fountain
2pm

Jam Session
Fountain
4pm

Michael Parker
Fountain
7pm

Bally Brogues
Fountain
8pm

Life O’Reilly
Fountain
9pm

Danny Hammond – Solo fingerstyle guitar
Cooke’s Cafe
5pm

Midsummer Grove – Acoustic Duo
Cooke’s Cafe
6pm

Meg Hayden – Acoustic songs
Saturday
7pm

Ragtime Jug Orchestra
Cafe Rene
9pm

Way Out West
Cross Keys
8pm

Beaver and the Foghorns
Dick Whittington
9pm

Life O’Reilly
Cavern
6pm

Sid Harvey
Cavern
7pm

Blind River Scare
Cavern
8pm

SUNDAY

ReBil
Cooke’s Cafe
1.30pm

Blind River Scare
Cooke’s Cafe
2.30pm

Karen Swan
Northend Vaults
Sunday 2pm

Lucy Jarrett
Tank
7pm

Midsummer Grove – Acoustic Duo
The Fountain
3pm

Danny Hammond – Solo fingerstyle guitar
The Fountain
4pm

Elgar Folk Ensemble
The Fountain
7pm

Gruig
The Fountain
8pm

That Shallot
Cafe Rene
3pm

Jigantics
Cross Keys
7pm

Funded by Gloucester BID and supported by Marketing Gloucester.

 

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Gloucester is trying to get a Purple Flag. What will it mean for the city?

Reinvigorated over the past three years by the ATCM, there are now 70 Purple Flag towns and cities and the positive response both by place managers, local businesses and venues, and the public is testament to the difference that this great initiative can make.

Coming Soon: Purple Flag For Colleges & Universities

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By meeting or surpassing the standards of excellence in managing the evening and night time economy (ENTE), Place Managers throughout the UK and Ireland – and now being taken up internationally – are enjoying the benefits of Purple Flag status.

Those already accredited have reported positive feedback from local businesses, a clear message for improved communications and a platform from which to promote their night time economy.

The accreditation process takes towns and cities through a comprehensive set of standards, management processes and good practice examples all designed to help transform the ENTE and provide a research, training and development programme.

Why should you apply for Purple Flag?

Our research indicates that Purple Flag can bring real benefits which include:

  • A raised profile and an improved public image for the location
  • A wider patronage, increased expenditure
  • Lower crime and anti-social behaviour
  • A more successful mixed use economy in the longer term

As the governing body, ATCM has set out the core agenda at the heart of Purple Flag which represents the standards that must be achieved and maintained for a accreditation, which in turn will lead to a successful evening economy. These five core standards are outlined here.

  • The Policy Envelope: An after-hours policy that shows a clear strategy based on sound research, integrated public policy and a successful multi-sector partnership.
  • Wellbeing: Successful destinations are all safe and welcoming with all sectors playing their part in delivering high standards of customer care.
  • Movement: Getting home safely after an evening out is crucial, as is the ability to move around the centre on foot with ease.
  • Appeal: Successful destinations offer a vibrant choice of leisure and entertainment for a diversity of ages, groups, lifestyles and cultures.
  • Place: Successful areas are alive during the day, as well as in the evening. They contain a blend of overlapping activities that encourage people to mingle and enjoy the place. They reinforce the character and identity of the area as well as flair and imagination in urban design for the night.

If you believe your city or town has safe and vibrant night time economy, then you are encouraged to apply for Purple Flag accreditation. Local authorities, town centre partnerships, business improvement districts, crime and disorder reduction partnerships, Pubwatch partnerships, civic societies and others can all take part. In our experience it is the Local Authority or Police who take the lead in most cases.

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Jack Russell returns to Gloucester for WSP Art in the City 2018

 

Former England and Gloucestershire cricketer turned artist, Jack Russell MBE, will be one of the star attractions at this year’s WSP Art in the City on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 July. Jack will be painting at the event and showcasing his work in Gloucester city centre. Jack is no stranger to Gloucester, having played cricket for the county at Archdeacon Meadow.

WSP Art in the City celebrates creativity inspired by Gloucester’s history and heritage, its picturesque surroundings and its people. The event features a live, outdoor painting competition (Saturday), along with free workshops and an art trail throughout the city centre (Saturday and Sunday). A total of £4,000 has been offered up as prize money across the different age groups in two competitions:

Plein Air – Live outdoor painting on Saturday 14 July.

Open Art – An open contest for artwork completed in the last year based on a theme.

Artists dotted around the city centre will be competing to best capture the spirit of Gloucester and its community, in an attempt to impress the judging panel which includes P.J. Crook, Richard Parker Crook, Stroud-based Swarez and Gloucester’s very own Russell Haines.

“It’s great to be involved with Art in the City.  It takes me back thirty years to my first artistic involvement with Gloucester when I drew a large picture of the Cathedral stone by stone! Also to my playing days with the County at Archdeacon Meadow, which I’ve had the pleasure to paint. I’m delighted to be having an exhibition in Gloucester during the festival which will be part of the art trail and I’m looking forward to seeing all the artists who are taking part. It’s a wonderful opportunity for people to come and express themselves, see other artists’ work and basically have a lot of fun. Even if you’ve never painted before come and have a go. It should be a magical adventure!”  Jack Russell MBE

Artistic director of the festival, Russell Haines, said: “This year’s WSP Art in the City will see Gloucester turned into one huge art space with exhibitions, competitions and workshops for everyone. It’s fantastic to have Jack Russell participating this year at the centre of our art trail. There will be exhibitions large and small from a diverse range of artists in our historic buildings, cafes and shops for everyone to enjoy.”

To register your interest in participating in Art in the City, email Artinthecityglos@hotmail.com or visit www.artinthecity.org.uk

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10 Benefits Gloucester BID is Bringing to the City

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It’s been less than six months since 87% of businesses overwhelmingly voted to establish the Gloucester BID (Gloucester Business Improvement District). It is already showing successes, reducing instances of low level crime and helping increase footfall during the busy Christmas shopping period. The BID is also supporting the Best Bar None Awards and the Purple Flag scheme; recognising and rewarding bars, pubs and clubs who are committed to a safe and vibrant evening economy.

But there’s still more to come. Gloucester BID is committed to delivering a number of projects that will directly benefit its members within the BID area. Businesses will be able to network with each other through an upcoming series of events and receive professional training opportunities.

BID members will also be able to take advantage of money-saving initiatives, reducing a range of business costs. By joining together, members will also have a more powerful voice to ensure that their needs are better communicated.

Gloucester BID is investing in events and festivals to help drive more visitors to the city giving businesses the opportunity to capitalise on the increased number of potential customers throughout the year. This all bodes well with news of continued new arrivals of shops, bars and restaurants in the city; demonstrating that the confidence in the city is justified.

10 Benefits Gloucester BID is Bringing to the City

  1. City Protection Officers (CPOs)
  2. £300,000 over 5 years for promoting the city to increase footfall
  3. £600,000 committed for events and festivals to drive footfall
  4. Networking events in partnership with Gloucester Chamber of Commerce along with high quality networking and training opportunities for BID members
  5. Improvements to street scene, signage, public realm and street cleanliness
  6. £400,000 committed for aesthetics/look and feel of Gloucester
  7. Supporting late night economy, Purple Flag status and Best Bar None Awards
  8. Saving money for BID members via business cost reduction for utilities, recycling, business rates and insurance
  9. Powerful lobby for businesses in the area
  10. Provide assistance to the City Council, police, charities and other public to help tackle issues such as an anti-social behaviour, homelessness and begging.

Sandra Powell, owner of The Candle Tree on College Street, said: “I’ve had nothing but positive feedback on the BID and have been most impressed with the CPO’s who are very responsive. I’ve had to e-mail them before with some concerns and they were incredibly quick in responding with the help I needed. They are doing a marvellous job!”

Nick Brookes, chairman of Gloucester BID and a business owner, said: “It’s great that the BID was voted in favour of by Gloucester’s business community and with such a strong mandate. I am particularly encouraged by the positive effect that the City Protection Officers have had on the high street. I am looking forward to more positive changes the BID will make to improve the image of Gloucester to increase footfall, attract tourists and benefit the local community.”

Jason Smith, chief executive of Marketing Gloucester, said: “Gloucester has been a remarkable success story but we’re only part way through the journey. There’s no doubt that the significant investment by the Gloucester BID will have a material impact in supporting the economic health of the city, the financial viability of its businesses, and making Gloucester an even better place to live, work, invest, study and visit.”

TENDER FOR ALTERATION AND NEW WORKS TO FIRST FLOOR EASTGATE CENTRE GLOUCESTER

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on behalf of
UK Digital Retail Innovation Centre (UK:DRIC) 20.12.2017

TENDER FOR ALTERATION AND NEW WORKS TO FIRST FLOOR EASTGATE CENTRE GLOUCESTER

We are inviting interested contractors to apply for inclusion on the tender list for these works. Application does not guarantee inclusion on the list.
The works involves removals of walls and works to ceiling and floor finishes to the vacant retail and food hall and the creation of eleven small shop units, an open area and creation of back room offices.
A brief schedule of the works to be undertaken include: demolition of brick wall and erection of stud partitions, overhaul and repairs to existing suspended ceilings, new floor finishes and general redecoration. Open front to the units will be secured by open grid roller shutters. Alteration and adaption of existing sprinkler system, the electrical and mechanical systems and provision of new as necessary,
Estimated value of these works is £200,000.00 (two hundred thousand pounds) plus VAT where applicable.

Anticipated programme of project is shown in  appendix 1 available at this link>  click here
Application to be included for consideration by not later than 9th January 2018.
Invitation to tender 15th January 2018
Tender submission. 31st January 2018
Commencement of works 12th February 2018
Completion of the works 15th June 2018

Contractors interested in being considered for inclusion on the tender list should submit their details by not later than 5.00pm on 9th January 2018.
Company details should provide evidence of being conversant with this type of work including a list of projects undertaken with values, copies of last three years accounts, size of workforce including details of management team, work force numbers and breakdown into direct and self-employed and areas of work normally sublet.

Application should be made to:

Mr Jason I J Smith, CEO, Marketing Gloucester, 27 St Aldate Street, Gloucester, GL1 1RP to arrive not later than 5.00pm January 2018

For further information on UK:DRIC click here

Gloucester receives part of £500,000 funding to bring in USA tourists

Anglo – American ‘Connections’ project receives funding to bolster Special Relationship

Gloucester and twelve destination partners have bid successfully for a £500,000 grant from VisitEngland in a collaborative project to develop a range of experiences directed at the US tourism market. ‘Connections’ will produce a series of new, immersive, bookable English-themed visitor experiences specifically for the American market, encouraging visitors to explore England beyond London. The experiences will aim to tap in to the fascination of the many connections between England and America – a shared history, language, culture and ancestry. In an effort to inspire many visitors to discover their roots and the authenticity of local English culture.

Connections is one of a number of successful projects to receive funding from the UK Government’s £40 million Discover England Fund. The Fund is administered by VisitEngland and involves a programme of activity to ensure that England stays competitive in the rapidly growing global tourism industry, by offering world-class English tourism products to the right customers at the right timeThe Fund is a central government funded programme of activity, supported by match funding by partners in the public and private sectors.

VisitEngland Chief Executive, Sally Balcombe, said:

“The calibre of submissions to the Discover England Fund reflects the innovation in product development thriving across the country’s tourism landscape. The successful projects will boost international and domestic visitor growth creating a step-change in the industry and spreading the economic benefits of tourism across England.  Our research shows that many US visitors come to Britain due to historic family connections and these ancestry themed itineraries will inspire them to explore more of regional England.

A large-scale collaboration between 13 destinations, Connections will develop tourism products in the lead up to 2020, the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s historic voyage from Plymouth to the New World. Gloucester along with Bristol, Cambridge, Cornwall, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Plymouth, Torbay and Worcestershire  will look into themes with significant appeal to US visitors, such as Magna Carta and the rule of law, The writer of the American National Anthem, George Whitfield, The Mayflower, Virginia and early American colonisation, WW2, US military and the ‘special relationship’.

The project also aims to showcase the best of England’s culture and heritage through the development of a broad range of specialist guided tours and behind the scenes experiences and will be sold in the US via tour operators and travel agents. There were 2.9 million overseas visits to the UK from January to July this year from North America alone, an increase of 21% on the same period last year.

Jason Smith, CEO of marketing Gloucester said:

“This funding will have a huge impact on tourism for the city of Gloucester from the USA market, and will help build on the phenomenal growth the city has shown over the last five years.  We are delighted to be among the select few destinations that will be receiving the benefits of this significant funding“

GloucesterAMERICAN CONNECTIONS WITH GLOUCESTER

BUTTON GWINNETT 1735-1777

Born in Gloucester and educated at the King’s School. He became an American political leader, who as a representative of Georgia to Congress, was the second of the signatories (first signature on the left) on the United States Declaration of Independence. He was also the provisional president of Georgia in 1777, and Gwinnett County (now a major suburb of Atlanta) was named after him.

Gwinnett was killed in a duel by Lachlan McIntosh following a dispute over a failed invasion of East Florida.

His father’s tomb at Down Hatherley has been restored recently but there is probably some interpretation to do.  I have asked Stephen if we can put a plaque on 10 College Green, where he would have lived as a child (as well as Down Hatherley) and we probably should do something at St Nicholas as his father was vicar there as well.

CAPTAIN HOWARD BLACKBURN

Captain Blackburn arrived in Gloucester docks in August 1899 after sailing his 30ft cutter “Great Eastern” single handed across the Atlantic from Gloucester Massachusetts. He had spent 61 days at sea and had been affected by a badly swollen leg which prevented him from raising sail for 8 days. This journey was even more remarkable as he had lost all his fingers, both thumbs and a toe through frost bite during a severe winter storm on an earlier fishing voyage.

Blackburn was welcomed at the quayside by a large crowd of sightseers. During his stay in the city he was entertained by a number of leading citizens. Several hundred people visited the docks to see his tiny craft and many were welcomed aboard and were offered bourbon whisky and ship’s biscuits.

GEORGE WHITEFIELD

Whitefield was born in 1714 at the Bell Inn in Southgate Street. He was educated at King’s School, the Crypt Grammar School and later at Pembroke College, Oxford in1732. It was at Oxford that he met John and Charles Wesley and joined their Christian Society or “Holy Club” who were referred to as “Methodists”.

Whitefield was ordained as deacon in 1736 and as a priest in1739 and preached his first sermon in St Mary de Crypt church. The pulpit he used, together with its sounding board can still be seen in the nave. He first sailed to America early in 1738, the first of 7 such trips, returning later the same year. Shortly afterwards he crossed the Atlantic again where he preached to large audiences from Pennsylvania in the north to Georgia in the south. The impact of Whitefield on both English and American society was immense and his greatest asset was his magnificent voice. Benjamin Franklin calculated that he could be heard by 30,000 people at any one time.

The charity school he founded in Pennsylvania was the forerunner of the present University and he was also involved in the creation of the college at Princeton, New Jersey. No fewer than 51 American schools and colleges owe their inception to him. During his sixth visit to the colonies the Library at Harvard University was totally destroyed by fire and Whitefield secured a large gift of books from England to re-equip a new building. He died on Sunday 30 September 1777 at Newburyport, Massachusetts having preached no fewer than 18,000 sermons to an estimated 10 million people in his lifetime.

JOHN STAFFORD SMITH

John Stafford Smith was baptised in Gloucester Cathedral on 30th of March 1750. He was educated at the cathedral school where he became an accomplished boy-singer. By the 1770’s he had gained a reputation as an excellent composer and organist in London. This led to his election as a member of the very select Anachreontic Society that boasted amongst its membership Dr Johnson, James Boswell, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Henry Purcell and J.C. Bach. Smith composed the music for the society’s constitutional song entitled “To Anachreon in Heaven”. This song became popular in America following the establishment of several Anachreontic societies there.

During the second year of the war of 1812 the British fleet made a night attack on Fort McHenry on the eastern seaboard of the United States. A local attorney, Francis Scott Key, had boarded a British warship to secure the release of an American prisoner. Key was held on board the ship so that he could not pass on any prior intelligence of the attack. He watched the bombardment throughout the night and was pleasantly surprised to see a huge American stars and stripes flag still flying above the fort as dawn broke. He immediately penned a four verse poem to the tune composed by John Stafford Smith that began “Oh! Say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light….”

The poem was printed on handbills the next morning and distributed throughout Baltimore. The song became immediately popular and three months later it was played during the Battle of New Orleans. “The Star Spangled Banner” was officially adopted as the national anthem of the USA in March 1931.

MALCOLM COTTON BROWN

Born in 1897, he came from Chicago and trained as a pilot at Camp Benbrook, Fort Worth, Texas. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Flying Corps in January 1918 and joined the largely American 90 Squadron in June and was promoted to full Lieutenant in the newly formed RAF. The squadron was transferred to Brockworth on the 15th of July to await delivery of their Sopwith Dolphin single seat fighters. A week later only one aircraft arrived and the pilots drew lots to see who would be the first to fly it. Brown held the winning ticket and immediately took off to put the plane through its paces. He put the aircraft into a series of screaming dives pulling out at about 100 feet above the ground. Halfway through a dive the port wing folded up and the plane went into a corkscrew spiral into the ground. Malcolm Cotton Brown was killed instantly. A tree was planted in his memory at Brockworth and there is a large memorial plaque to him in St Mary de Lode church containing the words “A son of America fallen for England”.

INCREASE MATHER

An American Puritan who graduated from Harvard in 1656 and was later described as the “most distinguished American of his generation”. He became an assistant to James Forbes the Presbyterian minister in Gloucester. Mather preached at St Mary de Lode church in the morning and at the cathedral in the afternoon.  Although he was delighted with Gloucester and resolved to devote his life to its spiritual needs, he left the city in 1660. Mather refused to conform to the reformed Church of England and returned to America in June 1661.

He travelled to England again in 1688 in an attempt to restore the Charter for Massachusetts which had been lost in 1684. Mather became the sixth president of Harvard College from 1692 till 1701.

Mather was involved in denouncing the tests for witchcraft used during the famous Salem Witchcraft Trials.

GLOUCESTER MADE BELLS IN AMERICA

The oldest peal of bells in the USA are in Old North Church, Boston. They were made in 1744 by the famous Rudhall foundry in Gloucester and installed in 1745.

One of the first bell ringers at the church was Paul Revere who with William Dawes made the historic ride to warn the rebel militia that “The British are coming”. This was a prelude to the first battles of the American Revolution. The church tower was used to warn of the approach of the British forces. One light for an advance by land, two lights for one by sea.

The Rudhall foundry was on the site of the present Post Office in King’s Square. There is a plaque to the right of the entrance.

AMERICANS IN GLOUCESTER IN WWII

The following anecdote was related by an American visitor during a guided tour of Gloucester. His father had been a Provost Marshall with the North American forces on their arrival in England.

“Two Provost Marshalls visited Gloucester prison to assess the suitability of the accommodation for the detention for any law breaking military personnel. They requested to be locked up in one of the cells that evening and not to be released until 7.00am the following morning. The prison staff duly obliged, but were shocked to find that the two marshalls had escaped sometime during the night”.

 

 

 

 

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Connections Destination Partners

Destination Plymouth Ltd.

Destination Bristol Ltd.

English Riviera BID Company Ltd.

Essex County Council

Hampshire County Council

Lincolnshire County Council

Marketing Gloucester Ltd.

Visit Cambridge and Beyond

Visit Cornwall CIC.

Visit Hertfordshire Ltd.

Visit Kent Ltd.

Visit Nottinghamshire

Visit Worcestershire Ltd.

 

About the Discover England Fund

  • In November 2015, the Government announced a £40 million Discover England Fund; an unprecedented opportunity for English tourism. The Fund aims to deliver world-class bookable tourism products joined up across geographies and/or themes; including integrated transport solutions to provide an end-to-end customer experience.
  • The Fund supports the growth of one of England’s most successful export industries, inbound tourism. Tourism is an industry that delivers jobs and economic growth across the English regions – contributing some £106bn each year to the economy and supporting 2.6 million jobs.
  • The Fund supported a number of pilot projects in year one (2016/17) that tested product development approaches. In years two and three, 2017-19, the fund will support:
    • A number of large-scale collaborative projects to be delivered over the two year period 2017-2019 that will create a step-change in bookable English tourism product for international consumers,
    • A smaller funding pot for new one year pilot projects (in year two), and
    • Continuation funding for existing year one projects that demonstrated early learnings (in year two).

 

About VisitBritain/VisitEngland

  • VisitBritain/VisitEngland is the national tourism agency – a non-departmental public body funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS)
  • Working with a wide range of partners in both the UK and overseas, our mission is to grow the volume and value of inbound tourism across the nations and regions of Britain and to develop world-class English tourism product to support our growth aspirations. For further information and to access the latest in-depth market intelligence and statistics visit visitbritain.org or www.visitbritain.com and www.visitengland.com for consumer information.

 

About Marketing Gloucester

  • Promotes the City as a great place to live, work, study, visit and invest; locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Organises award-winning events and festivals, delivering to the city and region hundreds of thousands of visitors and millions of pounds of GVA*.
  • Engages with businesses and investors.
  • Implements programmes to develop pride of place amongst residents.
  • Partners with Gloucester City Council, gFirst LEP, Cotswolds Tourism and Gloucestershire County Council.

Marketing Gloucester is a public private partnership.

 

UK’s first Digital Retail Innovation Centre to be opened in Gloucester

Gloucestershire’s Local Enterprise Partnership, GFirst LEP have announced a funding award of £400,000 to Marketing Gloucester to open a new national centre for digital retail innovation in the city.

The UK Digital Retail innovation Centre (UK:DRIC) will be the national centre for testing and developing disruptive digital innovations that will help shape and inform the future of cities with a special focus on retail.

 

The centre will be:

  • The national independent centre for technology solution providers and retailers to test innovative technologies and work in partnership to enhance and develop new and possibly disruptive solutions
  • A supportive incubator and catapult for high growth new retailers, all of whom will have access to next generation technologies and methodologies and will be targeted on rapid testing of their business model and growth
  • A centre for upskilling retailers in new and developing retail technologies and methodologies
  • UK:DRIC will be based on the first floor of the Eastgate Shopping Centre in Gloucester for an initial period of three years.

Diane Savory, Chair of GFirst LEP, commented “This is an exciting opportunity for Gloucestershire as it further demonstrates that our urban areas are proving to be leaders in the developing of innovation in digital retail solutions.  We are delighted to be able to award this funding to Marketing Gloucester and confident that it will lead to further inward investment from the private and public sectors.”

UKDRIC

The UK:DRIC promises to be a showcase and testbed for the latest retail technologies and could show off some future innovations such as holographic “virtual employees”, artificial intelligence, 3D scanning and printing of products, drone deliveries, robotic security guards, 360 virtual mirrors and near field communication.

 

Jason Smith, Chief Executive of Marketing Gloucester (whose team will be driving the project), said “This is a huge opportunity for Gloucester to progress in our ambition to be a showcase and testbed for digital technologies, developing the city of 2050 by 2025.  There are huge challenges facing the UK retail sector and the UK Digital Retail Innovation Centre has the potential to be a gamechanger which could have a national impact, we greatly appreciate the investment from GFirst LEP.”

Paul James, Leader of Gloucester City Council, explained why this new centre was so important for the city saying: “Gloucester is ideally positioned to be a pathfinder for the

development of new technologies, the past few years companies we have shown how innovative we as a city can be.  We were the first city to implement the three in one CCTV, Wifi and 4G solution, winning the prestigious Gordon McLanaghan Security Innovation Award; and have built up a wide range of partners such as Google’s Niantic Labs, #WDYT, Rewarding Visits and BT who have tested their technologies in the city.  There is huge potential for additional inward investment and additional jobs and this investment from GFirst LEP can act as a catalyst.”

 

Innovations demonstrate future digital high street solutions

Integrating digital solutions can boost loyalty and grow sales. The Alexander Black showcase features more than 40 practical solutions for retailers to transform customer and employee experience, improving operational efficiency at the same time.

The showcase illustrates five journeys fundamental to the digital transformation of the physical store:

  • seamless engagement of digital consumers
  • mobilisation of digital store teams
  • digitisation of store operations
  • securing of the digital transformation
  • the use data analytics to drive business insight.

Demonstrations include:

 

Interactive Shop Window

Shop and get information even when the store is closed.  An interactive store window that lets customers engage with the content.

 

Interactive Shop Window Hoarding

An example of how you can create excitement, engagement and build customer interest in your brand whilst the store is being built.  Content can be refreshed, customers can engage, gain information – retailers can capture customer data in advance of the store opening.

 

Customer Mobile Application

An example of a self-contained app that will enable functionality like Store Check-In; connection to in-store Wi-Fi, retrieve customer information and loyalty programmes/promotions – and much more

 

Customer ‘Check-in’/Loyalty

That first all important opportunity to engage with the customer as they enter the store.  Using NFC or QR Code the customer can check-in to the store. Tailored & personalised messages & promotions can be delivered. Ability to check-in/register using ‘social connectors’ like Facebook/Twitter.

 

Returning Customer ‘Check-in’/Loyalty

Provides the opportunity to engage with a “returning” customer as they approach and enter the store.  Where the solution is fully integrated into back office systems like CRM it provides a 360 degree review of all their interaction with the retailer – across all channels of engagement – and enables the delivery of tailored & personalised messages & promotions to the customer.

 

In-store music 

Music acts powerfully on human emotions and helps to add to the overall customer experience in store.  Fully managed plug and play audio player with brand appropriate playlist delivered to store – playlist refreshed frequently; player is monitored and alerts provided if not working/unplugged.  Legal compliance is demonstrated as the ‘making available and music duplication rights’ are included – only performing rights licences required in addition.  Stores can be clustered to receive different programming; radio commercials can be developed and inserted – and can generate additional revenue stream if ‘air time’ sold to brands within the store.

 

Scent Diffuser 

Create immediate all round brand experience by interacting with all the customer’s sensory drivers.  As customers enter a short burst of scent meets them.

 

‘Lift & Place Kiosk’ – using RFID  

As products are lifted from the glass shelf and placed on the shelf below this triggers product information; videos, suggestions and recommendations, product reviews.  Can also be set to trigger alarms for the store manager if high priced items remain off the shelf for longer than dictated by set business rules.

 

Proximity marketing – using beacon

Proximity triggered content/messaging, in this instance providing product content of the items worn by the mannequin. Can provide in-store way finding to items; create personalized product recommendations; alert sales associate to assemble items in fitting room; facilitate self-service purchase in-store or for home delivery and provide promotional incentive to purchase.

 

‘Intelligent Fitting Room’ – using RFID technology  

RFID reader automatically identifies number and which items are taken into the fitting room. Customer is presented with additional product information, recommendations and suggestions.  Sends an alert to sales associate device for additional items/different sizes/colours a customer wants to try without leaving the fitting room.  Provides detailed analytics to the retailer around: conversion; sales associate best practice; fitting room utilisation etc.

 

‘Interactive Touch Table’ – using RFID technology 

In this instance product used is cosmetics, but any product could be used to drive the interaction/customer engagement.  Detailed product information; suggestions/recommendations can be provided for the customer to self-serve or can be used by the sales associate to engage with the customer.  Videos can be shown as to how to use the products.

 

‘Interactive Touch Table’ – Product/Fashion Configurator  

Personalise your own products e.g. create your own trainers choose the base colour, graphic design, shoe laces, play with different designs and colours.

 

Tablet triggered digital display (Fling) 

Sales Associate using a tablet assists a customer to find an item – once found, sales associate can push or “fling” the product and detailed information to any larger in-store screen including video wall for better product representation – supports endless aisle for boutique/smaller store footprints.  Customer could also ‘personalise’ a product on a tablet device and push personally designed product to larger screen before committing to purchase.

 

Visualife

Visualife is an augmented reality app, utilising visual discovery to bring the physical world to life in the same frame as the physical item. And by tapping your mobile screen the digital content associated with the physical image can go with you.

 

Sporting Personality linked Merchandise

When sporting merchandise is tapped/scanned via intelligent/smart label it provides visual imagery and video associated with the sporting personality of that brand

 

Digital Sales Associate

Beacon pushes product information to the sales associate (not the customer) to enable sales associate to provide customer with detailed information at point of consideration.

 

‘Intelligent/Smart Labels/Shelf Talkers – using NFC or QR codes

A number throughout the store that when tapped or scanned will provide additional detailed product information; customer reviews, provide an overall look recommendation and incentivise with a promotional offer to purchase all the items. Outfit pairing via a recommendation engine integrated into the shelf talker can suggest outfits, depending on customer mood, preference, weather or previous purchase. Enables interaction with social media for brand advocacy.

 

‘Memory Mirror’

Allows the customer a 360 degree of themselves in the outfit they have tried on.  Mirror has in-built camera which is set on a slight delay.  Customer performs a ‘catwalk shimmy’ turns back to face the mirror and can see themselves from all angles in the outfit!  Picture can be posted on social media channels or emailed to friends/family to request opinion prior to purchase.

 

‘Art Wall’ – Window 

Demonstrates the ‘wow’ factor that a number of screens positioned together can achieve – and that different content can be managed on each of the screens (all content is centrally managed).  Creates a wonderful brand experience.

 

RFID for Inventory Management

All our merchandise uses 100% recycled paper RFID tags.  We have a number of traditional and innovative hand held RFID devices and overhead/in-store readers to quickly demonstrate an accurate inventory live count in store; prevent loss and find misplaced items.

 

Intelligent care labels  

A 2D code on the woven garment care label provides link to full traceability information eg.

origin of the fabrics, the country of manufacture, the factory produced in and associated testing information etc. Consumers are increasingly concerned about ethical sourcing, compliance to legal standards and how and where their products are made – and this isn’t any more just limited to food.

 

Small screen – cross departmental promotion 

Demonstrates usage of smaller digital endpoints. Will run cross department promotional offer for coffee in grocery department

 

Home Inspirer 

Application running a tablet allows customers to view virtual models of furniture within a custom designed room.  Customer can adjust the floor finishes, wall colours and furniture finishes to resemble their own space and preferences and place furniture within. Either with the support of a sales associate or self-guided. When happy the resultant image it can be pushed up to larger 55” screen.

 

Mobile POS 

Free up your sales associates from fixed positions in store, quickly offer more ways to pay at busy times – or to quickly enable a pop-up store.  Our mobile solution offers the full power, features and functionality that you would enjoy from a fixed POS solution including: ApplePay, mobile payments, digital receipts and shared peripherals like printers and cash drawers.

 

Wine and Food Matching – using Intel Real Sense Camera 

As a customer picks up a bottle of wine, information about the wine, similar wines to try and suggestions of food matching appear on the screen in front of them

 

Recipe information and cooking video

Intelligent label linked to products on display will include recipe and cooking video

 

Queue Buster

An interactive solution that enables you to continue shopping until the counter staff are free to serve you when you receive an alert.  Greatly enhances customer experience and increases sales as customers who would have previously seen a long wait in a queue and decided to skip purchase, are more likely to see the perceived wait as shorter as they can continue shopping in the meantime.

 

Chiller Cabinet – temperature monitoring

Real-time temperature monitoring, providing consistent delivery of data to ensure full compliance.  Data can be accessed through

 

Shelf Hawk

Cameras are focussed on key product areas in a store and the imaging technology recognises the product and shelf layout. This could be used to gauge planogram compliance and auto replenishment.

 

Digimarc Barcode 

The Digimarc Barcode encodes existing bar code data invisibly and repeatedly across all package surfaces thereby making the entire package scannable at checkout. This could significantly reduce checkout times for retailers and boosting the average number of items scanned per minute.

 

Hologram

A little bit of theatre to entertain and reinforce the brand experience.  Brings to life physical products/brands in a magical 3D holographic story enabling customers to connect emotionally to the product/brand and create impact in sometimes very crowded stores. A promotional vehicle that retailers can offer to brand owners to support promotional or product launch activity

 

Interactive Floor 

A multi-media visual display system that project wonderful interactive floor special effects – this can be games to entertain children – or advertisements on the floor to draw attraction to promotional messaging or product launches.  Users control the dynamic multi-media content with simple gestures and body movement.  It is an engaging interactive experience that immerses customers in a brand’s messaging and adds to the overall customer experience.

 

Digital Menu Boards  

Menu boards using digital signage enables dynamic changing of menu and prices based on product availability and product demand/traffic.  All content is centrally controlled and for example promotional change in pricing can be implemented nationally store wide immediately – or for a particular region or cluster of stores.

 

Café Ordering App

The Connected Café ordering solution allows you to order your favourite cup of coffee and include a photo of yourself.  When your coffee is ready, your own picture pops up on the screen.  Perceived wait time is reduced with an entertaining and engaging experience.  Experience it for real in the Café …we will make you the coffee you order!

VCS/Arts and looking for funding in Gloucestershire? See here http://www.glosvcsalliance.org.uk/external-funding-opportunities-bulletin/

Funding Opportunities Bulletin – 5 September 2017

The latest version of the bulletin is available on the Gloucestershire VCS Alliance website at http://www.glosvcsalliance.org.uk/external-funding-opportunities-bulletin/.

Key highlights:
• Stroud District Community Safety Partnership is inviting applications from groups within Stroud District for projects which meet the Police and Crime Commissioner priorities for 2017/2021. Page 16
• The Stroud Rotary Community Awards aim to support organisations with a small grant which will make a real difference. Page 17
• The Aviva Community Fund opens to applications on 12 September. Page 18
• The DM Thomas Foundation for Young People has announced the #IamABLE £20,000 Giveaway in connection with their latest #IamABLE campaign. Page 33
• The Jeans for Genes grants programme is open for applications until 30 September. Funding is available to charities and support groups that care for children affected by a genetic disorder such as Cystic fibrosis, Haemophilia and Sickle cell. Page 54
• The UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme has re-opened for applications. Page 65
• The Try for Change Fund large grants programme is open for applications for projects which use rugby to tackle a number of social challenges. Page 92
• The Government has launched a Litter Innovation Fund to reduce litter by funding innovative solutions. Page 98
• The LESS CO2 sustainable schools programme is a free energy efficiency programme available to any UK school. Page 102
• Four Gloucestershire projects have been shortlisted in the M&S Community Energy Awards and are seeking your vote. Page 103
• The Prince’s Countryside Fund is open until 5 October. Page 107
• The NatWest Skills and Opportunities Fund is open for applications until 22 September. The priority for the South West is to support projects that help people investigate self-employment and start their own business; and to improve the financial education of disadvantaged people. Page 114
• UnLtd’s Do It and Grow It Awards have re-opened for applications. Awards are made for projects that have a social impact and for social entrepreneurs to scale up their venture. Page 121
• Localgiving is running its Grow Your Tenner 2017 campaign for its members with a special emphasis on monthly giving. Page 122
• The next funding round from the Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust is open to registered charities with a minimum income of £500,000 for projects that relate to the Elderly. Page 126
• British Legion’s External Grant Scheme has re-opened for applications. Page 146
The funding bulletin updates are available to anyone with a base and operating in Gloucestershire. We welcome your feedback on this bulletin and success you have in receiving funding from the funders listed.

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10 Reasons the future is bright for Gloucester’s City Centre

  • Gloucester’s own Business Improvement District (BID) – Overwhelmingly approved by traders in a ballot, this will bring £2.4 million of investment in supporting the city centre over the next 5 years.
  • City Protection Officers – Supported by the BID, City Council and Police & Crime Commissioner, City Protection Officers will take to the city centre streets in the next few weeks. They will deal with anti-social behaviour and tackle environmental offences like dropping litter.
  • More students – 300 University of Gloucestershire students will be living at Blackfriars in a year’s time, with more to follow thanks to the expansion of the University and Hartpury College.
  • Project Pilgrim – Already making good progress, this multi-million pound Heritage Lottery Fund scheme will improve the setting and the facilities at the Cathedral, our biggest asset.
  • Kings Walk – Now bought by a partnership of Reef Estates and the City Council, much-needed investment in this rather tired shopping centre will happen very soon.
  • Former BHS store – Standing empty after the department store went bust, rumours have it that this prominent unit will be filled by a big name (or two) following a major refurbishment, giving Eastgate Street a major boost.  Annoucements are apparently due very shortly
  • Former Kwik Save site – This long-term derelict site bordering Black Dog Way, Northgate Street and Worcester Street is being developed for 90 new homes, bringing more people to live in the city centre.
  • New bus station – We’ve been waiting for it long enough, but the new bus station will be finished next August. Even with some enforced design changes, it will be a million times better than what we’ve been used to.
  • Jumpin Jaks – This former nightclub on Brunswick Road has been derelict for well over a decade. Work has now started to reopen it as a bar/restaurant/club.
  • Digital High Street – Gloucester has positioned itself at the forefront of the digital high street revolution. This won’t mean much to a lot of people at the moment, but long-term it’s vital for the city centre’s prosperity.  Further announcements in October