Newquay has proven itself as a serious place to do business following the success of Newquay Business Week 2015. Organised and delivered by the Newquay Business Improvement District (BID), and sponsored by the Newquay Voice and PSP Insurance and Financial Solutions, the series of 19 events and meet-ups were held over October 19th – 23rd throughout 12 of the town’s leading tourism and hospitality venues. 450 tickets were issued to the plethora of events and workshops, which attracted over 100 businesses, from Newquay and beyond, during the course of the week, showcasing the depth and variation of business facilities and networks in Cornwall’s leading resort.
The week-long schedule of professional events was the very first of its kind in the town and created a real business buzz, bringing an impressive roster of high-end experts such as Pam Foden, Head of Development at Visit England, Rob Thompson of UKTI – UK Trade and Investment, Miles Carden, the Aerohub Enterprise Zone Manager and Darren Lewarne, the Business Relationship Manager at Natwest Bank to deliver inspirational talks and offer advice. The high quality and diverse schedule also offered a thriving hub of networking opportunity and a space for local businesses to connect, share skills and inspire each other throughout this enterprising initiative.
The feedback from the businesses that attended was extremely positive. Tammy Netting, Property Manager of Aspects Holidays says, “I am so grateful to the BID for organising Newquay Business Week, it was really great to have something of this scale and class in our town. I was able to do some networking and have really benefited, in fact, I have already gained some new clients from meeting other businesses at these sessions. It goes to show that together we really can do great things.”
With its thriving business culture and hardy community spirit, Newquay Business Week was designed by the BID with exactly this purpose in mind; to celebrate and unite local businesses, whose collaborative efforts and support have contributed towards the town’s successful and on-going evolution.
This work is indicative of Newquay BID’s approach to collaborative work and joining with other organisations for the mutual benefit of Newquay and its business landscape, not just prior to Newquay Business Week but also throughout the entire term of the BID to date.
Pat Galvin, Owner of Newquay’s the Breaks, says, “The Newquay Business Week was an absolutely amazing series of events that is sure to help businesses grow and thrive. The sessions that I attended were extremely informative and inspiring. I genuinely believe that every business in Newquay should have utilised this fantastic resource and made the effort to attend the sessions. I have learnt so much, it’s now just a matter of working out where I start to put what I have learnt into practice!”
Highlights of the event included inspirational sessions from the likes of Ernest Capbert, co- founder of Finisterre, offering advice on ‘How To Build A Brand’; Rob Edlin, Owner Director of Niddocks and Google partner talking about Google analytics and the future of online search, Simon Tregonning of Aspects Holidays and LEP Board Member speaking on digital marketing and further sessions from GetSet Finance Advisors and panel banks (Barclays and Natwest) and Rob Harvey of UKTI, Visit England and Cornwall 365.
Newquay BID Director, Karen Hoyle, says, “By bringing Newquay Business Week to the town, we ultimately wanted to offer a platform that brought champion advisors and leaders directly to Newquay’s entrepreneurs and key businesses. We are also extremely keen for employees and business owners in Newquay to have the opportunity to come together with like-minded people to learn what business support is available to them via various funding pots. We are thrilled to have exceeded our objectives and are absolutely delighted with the feedback that we have received from BID members. We also attracted a number of businesses in from across Cornwall who now see Newquay as a place to come to for business This was a key delivery from the BID team and another reason why Newquay BID must continue if the resort is to compete on this national scale. We would love to bring this back even bigger and better next year.”
Over the past five years, the BID has established itself as an integral catalyst, a constant business and community support provider and a key driver for new businesses relocating to the town. With less than two months to go until Newquay businesses make the crucial decision as to whether or not the vital support and delivery of the Newquay Business Improvement District (BID) is continued, the BID board, steering group and team have revealed more detail on the final projects for the 2nd term of the BID 2016-2021. These are now available for the next week for any final consultation and feedback at: www.newquaybid.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Newquay-BID-Final-Draft-Projects-List-for-BID-2016-2021.pdf