We have been busy finding water leaks around the parks following a major leak and we have spent some time tracing several minor, but costly leaks – hopefully will start next season with no leaks!
I attended a meeting of the Jurassic Coast business partnership last week and gave a short talk on how we have managed our visitor donation scheme. The scheme has proved to be successful and over the last four years we have raised over £24,000 for the Jurassic Coast Trust. Hopefully other Dorset companies will follow our lead and join the scheme which is being revamped to give some recognition of the contribution made.
I returned to an evening meeting of the Marshwood Vale Business Club at Highlands End where the main speaker outlined his experiences when there was a fire at his factory. By the end of his talk we could all image the damage caused by fire not only to the business premises but the actual operation and reputation of the business. We all left with plans on how to review our procedures and back up systems. With the closure of Business Link, I am pleased to say that the Marshwood Business Club is setting up a new organisation from January 2012 – Rurul Net
The most interesting was to follow on Friday when we attended a tourism summit at the Eden Project where the Secretary of State and Minister of Tourism praised up the quality of tourism accommodation and attractions in the South West and then introduced the latest marketing initiative linked to the Olympics – a new website offering a discount of 20.12%. You can image the amount of enhusiasm for this idea when all tourism businesses are running on very tight budgets and prices were set about 4 months ago. I am sure I will mention this initiative again over the next few days – we all wish to give good value but we have to continue investing in our businesses to maintain quality and service.