R&T Town Solutions Challenge – Black Country Living Museum 24 September 2015

What can town and city centres learn from the past?

What innovations await them in the future? What is bclm Logo 50 percentthe best in class solution for town centres today?  What solutions work and what solutions offer the best value for money or return on investment?

We’ll find out on September 24 2015 at an exclusive event hosted by Sponsor inviteRevive & Thrive at the Black Country Living Museum and you are invited.

There are two ways to attend, as an invited judge or as a day visitor, and all entrants are invited to the exhibitions and the exclusive event in the evening where the 26 acre ‘living’ museum closes to the public and we take over with the village open and lit up just for us.   The old fashioned fish and chip shop will be serving traditional fayre at lunchtime.  The judges will enjoy other presentations and tours too.

The costs for day visitors is only £20 + vat entry.  The Judges just pay £10 + vat and enjoy the whole day with the food and entertainment at no extra cost.  Gate fee for entry to the Black Country Living Museum, on it’s own, is normally £16 inc vat. but included in the costs above.

Various workshops will be running throughout the day and can be booked here.  The latest agenda can be found here.

All entrants will also enjoy a free guided walking tour of the 26 acre museum site from one of the museum’s Policemen.

The judging panel, is being selected for their expertise across all domains Black Country Living Museum of town centre regeneration. The number of judges reflects the depth and breadth of solutions applying to compete. The objective is to ensure fair assessment of  solutions by applying multiple expert perspectives.

Judges will be directly invited by Revive & Thrive but you can apply by sending an email to mark@reviveandthrive.co.uk.  This can be informal and just a few words as to what you think you could add to the panel and importantly what you could learn to take back to your community or organisation.  To deliver accurate results  and valuable best in class outcomes the judging panel will be limited to a maximum of 45 so apply soon.  [dropshadowbox align=”right” effect=”lifted-both” width=”125px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]Becoming a Judge[/dropshadowbox]

Day visitors will be members of the free Revive and Thrive Town & City Centre Community.  Please register to join our community for free before applying for tickets.  This is an open community and offers numerous benefits to ALL people passionate about place (and/or retail) whether through their work or as an resident who cares about where they live.  Registrations open May 1st 2015 but you can register your interest in advance and receive a reminder before registration goes live.  [dropshadowbox align=”right” effect=”lifted-both” width=”150px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]How to register as a Day Visitor[/dropshadowbox]

The day includes an exciting challenge during which town centre and regeneration luminaries along with representatives from BIDs, Council, Business Groups, Shopping Centres and Town Teams/Partnerships will judge the most relevant technologies and other solutions to identify which are the best in class solutions for UK towns and cities.

BCLM12There will be free exhibitions, open to all, running all day from providers of town centre solutions and also a booking facility to have one to one sessions with the businesses entering the competition and presenting to the judges.  All attendees will have full access to the Black Country Living Museum throughout the day.

Judges will enjoy a free buffet at lunchtime to include a selection of filled farmhouse rolls (meat & vegetarian), the finest bespoke Black Country Museum free range sausages, traditional, local, hand raised pork pie and pickles, English and continental cheese and biscuits and drinks.  [dropshadowbox align=”right” effect=”lifted-both” width=”250px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]Enter your Business to win             ‘Best in Class’[/dropshadowbox]

Why hold this event?

This event has grown in scale very quickly from the original concept, Eventbrite - Revive & Thrive Town Centre Solution Challenge - Day Visitordue to enthusiasm from all who were consulted and through the desire of Revive & Thrive to offer only the best solutions and services to the custodians of our town and city centres and their wider communities.  You can read more about why we do what we do here.

Initially, the event was intended to solve the problem of the numerous Eventbrite - Revive & Thrive Town Centre Solution Challenge - The Judgestechnologies such as local website, apps, loyalty schemes, ‘click and collect’ solutions and so on that are being brought to us all on a daily basis.  One of our colleagues told us that they now refuse to speak to anyone selling technology into a town. Whilst this is understandable it is also possible that they might miss out on the ideal solution for their centre.  So, we decided to invite only the bravest of businesses to present to people who really know what they need to revive, preserve, promote or defend their town and city centres and for the businesses to be awarded ‘best in class 2015’ across several categories.  This will not only be of value to the business but also the custodians who can filter who they speak to or buy from based on the views of the judging panel.

BCLM15The opportunity then grew, from meeting with the Black Country Museum, to create an event to share the past with the present and future to build a day that will be informative and highly entertaining as well as having practical value to everyone attending, all for a minimal cost to day entrants and judges.

In addition to voting ‘best in class’ for technology solutions, we are asking our judges to consider what the best investment for their centre is with regard to other projects which could be anything such as, free car parking, events, mystery shopping, window dressing, signage, street furniture, pop up shops, retailer training, lighting, Christmas lights, markets, entertainers, footfall counting, maps, newsletter, local press, cost reduction services, shop local campaigns the list goes on and on and this list is for illustrative purposes only.  We want our judges to hear presentations from providers of all services so that they can identify which has the greater impact and return on investment.  This will then help others to learn about the most effective ways to invest not only money but their time.

This event will be one of the highlights of the year for anyone involved with town centres, regeneration and economic development, BIDs etc and the maximum delegate fee of £20 + vat does not reflect the immense value and quality of the day.  Revive and Thrive has a pledge to not charge where it is not necessary and this event reflects our commitment to share best practice and great ideas as close to free as possible.  For this event we are leaving no stone unturned to give you a truly memorable experience.

Are you a Business offering solutions to town, city and shopping centres? 

If so, this is your perfect opportunity to prove that you have the best solutions for UK town and city centres.

You will be required to only give one brief presentation and you could win one of many best in class categories.  It is possible that you could win more than one category or come second, third or fourth across one or more.  The important outcome of the day is not just to present to up to 45 Councils, BIDs, Shopping Centres, Town Teams or Partnerships but for the future to be able to say to prospective clients that you came 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th in your category for 2015 as judged by up to 45 or more place management professionals.  AND you get to exhibit all day to a great many more delegates.   AND you get to enjoy the event in the evening and socialise and network with every one.

Black Country Living MuseumTo Judges, Day Entrants and Businesses

This pre-launch information is to give you the opportunity to express an interest in being involved.

Judges will be contacted directly over the next fortnight (but don’t forget you can email mark@reviveandthrive.co.uk and ask to be considered as a judge).

Day entrants can register from May 1st 2015 but can email and register for an early reminder.  Don’t forget if you are not already a member of the free Revive & Thrive Town and City Centre Community please join now.  You will enjoy many extra benefits.

Businesses please email an expression of interest to mark@reviveandthrive.co.uk with a brief description of the services that you offer.  Full information about the opportunity for businesses will go online by May 8th but places are very limited so I recommend an early expression of interest.

The categories to win ‘Best in Class’ will go online and will include a ‘Best Overall Winner’ an invaluable prize for all concerned.  Other classes will include Best Technology, Best Solution for Retailers, Best Tool for Engaging with Residents and Visitors, Best Training Solution, Best Tool For Loyalty, Most Innovative Product or Service, Best Solution for Measuring KPIs, Best Investment, Best Income Generator, Best Tool for Incentivising Residents and Visitors etc.  The final list of categories will be available by mid May.  For updates before the event goes fully live, Please call or email and keep checking back to this page.

Black Country Living MuseumIf you have any questions or comments please email enquiries@reviveandthrive.co.uk or call 03330 124285

Revive & Thrive is available for your high street and community right now.  Take a look at the Revive & Thrive Partnership, as well as Who’s Who.  

Why not join the the free Revive & Thrive Town and City Community designed ‘for ALL people passionate about place’ where you can enjoy many cost saving opportunities such as Revive & Thrive Financial Services.

Get inspired by our innovative Revive & Thrive Business Group and, if relevant read how to join the Business Group.  Also see our testimonials and our free Ask the Partnership service.

See how you can promote and defend your town and city centre by using Time 4 Towns our Town Centre Management Outsourcing Service, our BID Feasibility Service and our unique PR Service

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