Full Agenda for the Visit Somerset Wells Cathedral Conference

15 Sep 2022

Full Agenda for the Visit Somerset Wells Cathedral Conference

Bringing together many aspects of the Visitor Economy to show genuine innovative support for the industry during these difficult times.

About this event

Visit Somerset - will be supporting businesses from across the Visitor economy, whether you are a Somerset producer, a retailer, accommodation provider or attraction or within the hospitality industry. You will go away inspired, learning from experts in their fields digitally and offline, around innovative developments. Including a possible UK first as Visit Somerset in conjunction with Bath Self Catering and Stay in Bath launches a loyalty scheme, exclusively supporting our accommodation sector throughout Somerset.
Outline of events:
10am -  1:45 pm : Presentations given by Visit Somerset and other industry experts.
Including Vodafone and business support
David Harris Heffer MD has said; "Here at Initiis, your Vodafone partner agent in Somerset, we are dedicated to one simple goal: helping Somerset businesses grow. We’re your essential local communications business partner. We know how critical tourism is to the county and appreciate the challenges you face. We are extremely excited to be working alongside the like-minded people at Visit Somerset to help local businesses thrive.
With this in mind we are now offering a great deal along with our technology update on the day in support of members. Please see the below info at the end of this schedule for the day. We look forward to welcoming you all on the day".
Intro from Visit Somerset Chair
Latest Digital developments and how to work with Visit Somerset to support members -
John Turner to out line marketing strategy 10 mins 

David Harris MD - Initiis, your Vodafone partner agent in Somerset    30 mins 
The launch of the Visit SomersetBath & Somerset Reward Card scheme - supported by Touch Stay - live updates and case studies of previous success stories and how this new technology can work for you. With Andy McNulty MD of Touch Stay20 mins 
Visit Somerset team talking: -

  1. New E Commerce developments

  2. Online Accommodation booking with only 1% booking fee.

  3. Experience booking facilities

  4. Working involved within the Paranormal Industry and how you can get involved.

  5. Living History With Bath Theatrical Hire and how to get involved 

  6. Being dog friendly and how you can get involved.

  7. The development of Buy Somerset and supporting independents and Somerset Producers.

Regency Purchasing  Procurement of stock in a new normal - How Regency help businesses to buy better by creating a leaner and smarter cost base.  15 Mins  

Compass Video Keith Seward give latest updates on Search Engine Optimisation & You Tube developments.
15 mins 

'Three Cherries' - Richard Phillips (director) will be talking technology to help enable your business - (it is rumoured that Richard is mad about Apollo 11 and has met nine out of the twelve men that have walked on the moon!) 15 mins 

Becky Wright - Lets Make Somerset the Centre of Wellbeing for the UK Becky Wright from New Leaf Workplace Wellbeing is an award-winning mental health trainer, committed to running heart-centred businesses for individuals looking to make meaningful change. 15 mins

Business Jenga and Tea and Coffee (team network)  - Short and dynamic breakout session for delegates to develop and share specific ideas for cost savings and more efficient product offerings whilst maintaining delivery. 20 mins 

Forum – panel discussion on cutting costs whilst maintaining product delivery headlined by Michelle Michael MBE and Grand Pier Owner, Larry Bush MD Noahs Ark Zoo, Laura Filer MD Ocean Adventures, Chris Scudds CEO Haynes Motor Musuem, Stephen Corcoran YMCA     30 mins 

A Sense of Place – feedback from the 5 day journalist visit in June of producers and hospitality venues. Rosemary Barron - is contributing feature writer for Food and Travel Magazine -
The art of menu writing - tips and guidance for creating a well curated menu. (Max is Director of Hospitality Assured, Member of the Institute of Hospitality and consultant for Visit Exmoor.)

1:45  pm  - 2:30pm : Networking and drinks / in the Cloisters with Lunch. Guests to collect their lunch from tables in the South Transept and take food back to tables in the Nave.
2.30pm-4.00pm: Tours. These may need to be pre-booked as there is a limit to the group size and time. Tours potentially to include a visit to Vicars Hall
4:00pm-4.15pm: Final words from Visit Somerset, round up the Conference and invite guests to come for drinks in the Chapter House and Evensong
5.00pm-5.15pm: Move to Evensong for those who want to stay, exit via NW or N Door for those who are going at this point.
5.15pm-6.05pm: Evensong. C-i-R to welcome anyone who has come from the Visit Somerset Conference.

Initiis managed Vodafone Offer
Any Visit Somerset members who upgrade their mobile or home broadband by visiting one of the four Initiis managed Vodafone Stores – Taunton, Bridgwater, Street or Yeovil will receive £50 towards their Visit Somerset renewal. T&C’s Apply

Applicable to New and Upgrading Vodafone Pay Monthly customers, includes new subscription broadband packages both home and mobile. Not applicable to pay as you or Voxi customers. Simply send a copy of your Vodafone receipt to Visit Somerset at Wookey Hole, who will process the voucher on your payment.

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