Help shape Felixstowe?

In late June Felixstowe Forward held its annual engagement event, an opportunity to review and reflect on achievements and to re-tune aims and objectives in the year ahead.  Thank you to everyone who attended and gave such support.

The success in the last year has been the tourism strand of work.  Reviewing the notes of the previous year event the town was keen to explore the development of a Community Interest Company (or similar entity) to help shape visitor events and services in the future.  We have worked with event organisers and the tourism sub group over the last few months to shape this strand of work.

We are now in a position to seek expressions of interest to serve as a Director of the new company who can demonstrate:

  • A broad understanding of issues relevant to event management, and the economic impact of a vibrant visitor and event programme
  • An ability to think innovatively
  • An ability to work collaboratively and in partnership with a wide range of organisations
  • Business acumen

(The deadline to receive expressions of interest is 9th September and an independent panel will make final recommendations.)

Members of a CIC play an important role.  The day to day running of the CIC may be delegated to the directors, but the ultimate control of the CIC and responsibility for major policy and other decisions rests with the Members.  An invitation has been extended to our major event organisers and attractions to express an interest in being Members.

If you would like to understand more about the Director role or wish your organisation to be represented as a Member then please contact us.  We are clearly keen for our tourist and attraction related businesses to be a part of this exciting development.

Once the Directors are in post they will work with Members to identify aims and objectives and officially constitute as a Community Interest Company.

This is a really exciting development for the town that provides a real opportunity to help sustain our vibrant events programme.  The CIC will enable organisations to work together for mutal benefit, to share resources, and to access potential funds.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to know more.

At the time of writing the sun is shining and Felixstowe is enjoying the mid August tourist season.  However we cannot escape the fact that from a retailer’s point of view, Christmas is on the horizon.  Adnams have kindly volunteered to host a Retail Gathering to coordinate a Christmas campaign for the town.  Invitations will be delivered shortly around the town and we hope to see a great turn out to make Felixstowe truly festive this Christmas.  Please contact us if you would like further information.

 

For further information:

www.visitfelixstowe.co.uk

www.felixstoweforward.org.uk

Tel: 01394 444576 / email felixstowe.forward@eastsuffolk.gov.uk