Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage – business planning

Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage – business planning

Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage Business Planning
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Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport announced a new £1.57m Culture Recovery Fund to help secure the future of our culture and heritage sectors which have been impacted on by COVID-19.  It has recently been announced that the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England are distributing £103 million of this through the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage and Heritage Stimulus Fund, which will provide funding of between grants from £10,000 to £3 million to 445 heritage organisations.

How can we help?

We can work closely with your heritage organisation to help you plan for a sustainable future and financial recovery from the impact of COVID-19. We can help you to transition from a pre-COVID-19 business model to a new way of operating and building financial resilience by:

  • Carrying out option appraisals to identify and evaluate new income generation opportunities for your heritage organisation. It is critical to ensure the new opportunities meet the needs of the market (existing visitors and potentially market market segments) and are deliverable within the existing staff / volunteer resource base
  • Working with you to update your business plan to reflect the impact on expenditure and income
  • Identifying key risks which will impact on your business over the coming 12-months and developing mitigation strategies to overcome these
  • Developing cost effective marketing action plans

We work with a small network of other professionals including conservation architects, activity plan specialists, quantity surveyors and masterplanners.

Some of the projects we have worked on include:

  • At Sewerby Hall and Gardens identifying and assessing opportunities to enhance visitor experience and income generation potential of this important heritage visitor attraction
  • Carrying out an assessment and preparing supporting development plans for five country parks and one National Nature Reserve managed by Hampshire County Council as part of their Country Parks Transformation Programme
  • Preparing the business plan for Ditherington Flax Mill, which secured Lottery funding
  • Working at Caerphilly Castle, where we prepared a 10-year commercial masterplan
  • For Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority we prepared business plans for Oriel y Parc Visitor Centre, Castell Henllys and Carew Castle Tidal Mill

What makes Planning Solutions Consulting different?

Unlike many consultancies, Planning Solutions Consulting Limited has direct hands-on experience of investing in, developing and managing a range of heritage and other tourism businesses through our sister company, Planning Solutions Limited. These include four visitor attractions, a microbrewery and a hotel. This ensures that our development advice is reinforced through practical experience and brings a strong commercial focus. Please find out more about the operational experience here.

Contact us

If you feel we can be of assistance or would like to talk through an idea or plan please don’t hesitate to contact Richard Linington (richard@pslplan.co.uk).

Country parks and parks projects

Country parks and parks projects

Visiting country parks, parks and countryside sites represents one of the most popular forms of recreation in the UK.

Find out more about about – Parks and Nature Reserves: A Twin Track Approach for Recovery and Strategic Planning (opens as a PDF document).

Planning Solutions Consulting has worked on a range of the country park, greenspace, forest and park projects – from preparing business plans through to support National Heritage Lottery Fund projects, assessing strategic development opportunities to increase visitor numbers, dwell-time and visitor spend and undertaking operational reviews to manage visitor flows and enhance income generation.  We have also carried out feasibility studies for introducing high ropes, cafes and visitor accommodation within country parks. Some of the clients we have worked with include:

  • Buckinghamshire County Council
  • East Dorset District Council
  • Forestry Commission
  • Hampshire County Council
  • Homes and Communities Agency
  • Huntingdonshire District Council
  • Kent County Council
  • Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Monmouthshire County Council
  • Natural Resources Wales
  • Rushcliffe Borough Council
  • South Downs National Park

Find out more about our country park and parks projects here and other projects here.

Our clients have been appreciative of our work: “Planning Solutions Consulting worked with us to evaluate the market for Hampshire County Council’s country parks and produce recommendations on how these could be transformed, together with cost and income analysis and projections. Their experience and contacts within the visitor attraction market have been of great benefit. They were able to start work quickly to capture results from a busy period at the parks and consulted with a large number and variety of stakeholders within a tight timescale. We were regularly kept informed and deadlines were met. The team are very approachable and worked as if they were part of our programme team. They have responded positively to requests at short notice and always happy to discuss any aspects of their reports. Work has also been delivered within budget. I have enjoyed working with this consultancy and would have no hesitation in recommending them.” Stephanie Rogers, Programme Manager, Country Parks Transformation, Hampshire County Council

Contact us
If you have any questions or would like to discuss our work within the country parks and parks sector please don’t hesitate to call Richard Linington on 023 9248 1999 or email richard@pslplan.co.uk

Visitor centre and visitor attraction projects – visitor attraction consultants

Visitor centre and visitor attraction projects – visitor attraction consultants

Planning Solutions Consulting has worked as visitor attraction consultants on a range of visitor attraction and visitor centre projects from aquariums through to forest recreation visitor centres.

We work with both existing attractions and new developments. With existing attractions a significant amount of our work focuses on operational reviews and working with client teams to identify new opportunities to enhance the visitor experience, increase visitor numbers, dwelltime and income.  For new proposed attractions and visitor centres our work focuses on options appraisals, market assessments, feasibility studies, advising on governance and business planning.

We also carry out primary research and prepare (and implement) marketing strategies. One of our directors was responsible for marketing and launching new products at CONKERS for 13 years.  Find out more about our visitor centre and visitor attraction projects here and other projects here.

Our sister company also manages a number of visitor attractions including CONKERS, Kent Life, Cotswold Country Park and Beach and the National Brewery Centre along with three branded high ropes adventures.

Our clients have been appreciative of our work: “Planning Solutions Consulting Limited were contracted by Natural Resources Wales to undertake a short exercise examining the potential, opportunities and risks around running visitor centres. We found Planning Solutions Consulting to be efficient and thorough, applying their expertise in a professional manner throughout. They were able to add value for us to the contract, by suggesting new elements. The draft and final reports were of an excellent standard and addressed all aspects of our brief well. Communications throughout – and since – the contract have been great – the team were approachable, reachable and able to answer queries and address new points well.” Roz Owen, Recreation and Access Manager, Natural Resources Wales

Contact us
If you have any questions or would like to discuss our work within the visitor centre and visitor attractions sectors please don’t hesitate to call Richard Linington on 023 9248 1999 or email richard@pslplan.co.uk

Watersports, activity centres and adventure tourism projects

Watersports, activity centres and adventure tourism projects

Planning Solutions Consulting has worked on a number of activity centre, watersports and adventure tourism projects from high rope experiences through to residential activity centres, watersports centres, indoor climbing centres and adventure tourism destination development plans for regions.

Our work has focussed on preparing business plans to support the development of new activity-based developments through to exploring how to increase customer numbers and income generated at centres, product development and setting out cost-effective marketing initiatives and regional strategic development and destination management plans.

Find out more about our watersports, activity centre and strategic development projects here and other projects here.

Some of the clients we have worked with include:

  • Blackpool Council
  • Charitable Trust
  • Cumbria Tourism
  • Forestry England
  • Hartlepool Borough Council
  • Hampshire County Council
  • Havant Borough Council
  • Link4Life
  • Park in the Past
  • Private developer
  • PSL
  • Swansea City Council
  • Thanet District Council
  • Tourism South East
  • Wokingham Borough Council
  • Youth organisation

Our sister company operates three branded high ropes visitor experiences and a family watersports offer at the Cotswold Country Park and Beach.

How can we help?

If you have any questions or would like to discuss our work within the activity sector please don’t hesitate to call Richard Linington on 023 9248 1999 or email richard@pslplan.co.uk

Commercial leisure projects

Commercial leisure projects

Commercial leisure business planningAs with accommodation our work in commercial leisure dates back to when we were part of the Rank Group in the early 1990s and we worked with Odeon Cinemas, Jumpin’ Jaks and the large scale multiplex entertainment centres. Our work helped to identify commercial opportunities to enhance income generation through better understanding of market behaviour and preferences.

The most important aspect of appraising a new commercial leisure facility, whether it’s a cinema, bowling complex or golf range, is to assess the available market and to relate the demographic data to the competitive landscape. This can often involve complex modelling if a development project incorporates mixed tourism, leisure and other commercial activities along with residential development on the same site, albeit in zoned areas. Find out more about our commercial leisure projects here and other projects here.

Some of the clients we have worked with include:

  • Benson Marina
  • Gwynedd Council
  • Havant Borough Council
  • Kuwait National Cinema Company
  • Private sector investors
  • Southampton City Council
  • South Tyneside Council
  • St Modwen
  • Top Golf
  • Westmorland Group

Contact us
If you have any questions or would like to discuss our work within commercial leisure sector please don’t hesitate to call Richard Linington on 023 9248 1999 or email richard@pslplan.co.uk