Vibrant towns, exciting places Abingdon Guildhall 17 June 2015 10 am – 4pm The aim of this event is to make our towns more prosperous, vibrant places and to share experiences. This event is aimed at town centre managers, economic development officers, businesses dependent upon securing spend from residents and visitors, local museums and attractions, business partnerships. 10:00 Leader of the Council Welcome 10:00 – 10:15 Nigel Tipple Chief Executive, Oxfordshire LEP The Oxfordshire LEP, its priorities, and future funding opportunities 10:15 – 10:30 Suzanne Malcolm Economic Development Manager Southern Oxfordshire LEADER programme 10:30 – 10:45 Catherine Warrilow (TBC) Effective place marketing: How to do it and how not to do it 10:45 – 11:00 Trudy Godfrey Who uses our towns? Recent research commissioned by VWHDC & SODC 11:00 – 11:30 Esther ‘Oxfordshire Art weeks’ (TBC) Artweeks, how businesses can benefit 11:30 – 12:00 Jacqui Canton (TBC) How colleges can support retailers & leisure businesses 12:00 – 12:45 Lunch & networking Your town, your experiences, lessons learned (interactive session) 12:45 – 13:00 Henley-on-Thames (TBC) Nicky Schafer “Henley House & Garden Show” – a ‘hook’ to involve 30 small businesses; impact; lessons learned 13:00 – 13:15 Thame (TBC) Chris Hurdman “Community Markets”: how to enliven your town 13:15 – 13:30 Wallingford (TBC) Judy Dewey, Wallingford Museum: how to leverage history, and draw in visitors to benefit your town 13:30-13:45 Faringdon (TBC Andy Hayter “Young Traders Market” Bethia Thomas “How to run a loyalty card scheme at zero cost to businesses” 13:45 – 14:00 Wantage (TBC) Iain Nicholson / Neil Wilde “Pop up shops” Nicola Ferguson “Marketing your town and measuring success” Stuart Roper “how art can support town centres” 14:00 – 14:15 Abingdon Heather Brown “Town apps, loyalty and geo-caching (not for geeks!)” 14:15 – 14:30 Didcot (TBC) Jeanette Howse “The tricks to running a successful market” 14:30 – 15:00 Tea & networking “Speed Dating” Your Questions Answered? 15:00 – 15:20 Mary Thomas (TBC) Using social media to promote your business 15:20 – 15:40 Jeanette Howse (TBC) How FAM trips can help your business 16:00 Close Leaflet exchange For details, link here:

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