Blachere Talking Towns Experience

Revive & Thrive is very pleased to invite you to a most enjoyable and informative event, being brought to you in partnership with sponsor and host for the day Blachere Illumination and Blachere Theming.20160411_124525


Also supported by PFM Footfall Intelligence, the afternoon event in Huddersfield will focsed on the two hottest topics in towns, cities, shopping centres and in fact all ‘Places’: experience and data. [dropshadowbox align=”right” effect=”lifted-both” width=”auto” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]Download Agenda here[/dropshadowbox]

Blachere demonstrated that imagination is the only limiting factor when it comes to providing your customers and visitors an experience.

The venue was AMAZING (a word that Revive & Thrive doesn’t use lightly) Blachere Theming.20160411_124308  We were treated to a display of incredible animatronics and a lighting and music show and a 4D film and a behind the scenes tour of how animatronics, theming and lighting are made.  The event also considered how creating experiences can be cost neutral, if not profitable, and demonstrate how place-based experience increase dwell time, footfall, repeat visits and increased spend.

20160411_125921We also looked at and how the quality of visual merchandising and retail training can enhance visitor experience as well as how to harness the tourist potential of our places.










The Blachere Talking Towns Experience Agenda

Blachere Theming, Bath Mills, Albert St, HD1 3PY Huddersfield

June 23rd 2016


12.15 Registration opens

12.30 Drinks and buffet reception. Networking

13.00 Welcome – Ronnie Brown, Managing Director Blachere Illumination and Blachere Theming    and Mark Barnes, MD, Revive & Thrive Ltd

13.05 How to create imaginative experiences for customers and visitors to your place – Ronnie Brown

13.35 Workshop.  Maximising value in your place from national events i.e. Euro 2016, Olympics as well as great experiences – Jeremy Rucker, City Dressing

14.00 The importance of retailers using visual displays to enhance the experiences in your place – Helen Goodwin, Made You Look

14.15 Huddersfield Live. How a co-operative of local business has formed a not for profit organisation to deliver events and experiences in Huddersfield – Nadio Granata, Huddersfield Live

14.30 The, not to be missed tour, of the dream factory – 40 minutes that will leave you inspired and rushing back to your place to deliver experiences for your customers and visitors

15.10 Refreshments

15.25 Panel discussion – Back to basics.  How customer service, wayfinding, safety, environment and other factors can create memorable experiences.  Chaired by Jeremy Rucker with panellists Alison Bowcott-McGrath, Jonathan Docksey, Jeff Caplan, Helen Goodwin, Ronnie Brown, Colin Munro and Matthew Powell

15.50 Ten Years of BIDs: What are the Lessons Learnt – Mo Aswat, The Mosaic Partnership

16.05 The Revive & Thrive Challenges how you can win £20,000 worth of Christmas lights for your town or win a package of prizes worth £70,000 in the Revive & Thrive Challenge for Places  – Matthew Powell, Revive & Thrive Ltd

16.15 Measuring the results of the experiences in your place and understanding which ones work – David Sturdy, PFM Footfall Intelligence

16.45 Tourist experiences in UK destinations – Tourism and British Towns: Getting noticed – Simon Greenbury, Landor Travel Publications

17.00   The return on investment from experiences and why you can’t afford not to make your place memorable – Ronnie Brown

17.25 Close and summing up.  Ronnie Brown and Mark Barnes