Destination Nene Valley Business Newsletter - June 2020

Welcome to the Nene Valley, where wonderful wildlife meets rich heritage and fantastic food mixes with vibrant culture.

Image courtesy of Rod Beech

Welcome to the Summer edition of our newsletter. It's been a difficult few months for the tourism industry but we are here to help support our businesses and partners, particularly during the important recovery phase.

How we can help your business

  • Add or update your free business listing to Nene Valley.
  • Include your Nene Valley event for free here.
  • Do you have a special offer that we can promote for you?
  • Follow us on Twitter @_nenevalley.
  • Like and follow us on facebook. Search River Nene.
  • Follow Nene Valley on Instagram.
  • We can help with marketing support and advice.
  • Help us deliver our Destination Management Plan.
  • Get involved in our key projects.

Karen Williams, Tourism Development Officer.

T: 01832 742064 or email kwilliams@east-northamptonshire.gov.uk

Did you know that we now have 12,000 followers through our social media channels?

Business Support - Covid 19

New guidance has been published to help people working in hotels and other accommodation, attractions, business events and more, work safely to minimise the risk of spreading Covid - 19.

Find out more about the new 'We're Good to Go' industry standard for the visitor economy with VisitEngland and VisitBritain. You can also get involved in a new consumer campaign 'Know Before You Go'.

Visit the Business Advice Hub with VisitEngland.

New industry standard in development by VisitEngland in response to COVID-19. More information here.

Latest business events and webinars for tourism businesses from June to August provided by VisitEngland, University of Northampton, South East Midlands Business Support, Britain's Best Surprise and Destination Nene Valley.

Visit the business support pages for Britain's Best Surprise.

Visit our business page for the latest advice from all our partners in terms of business support, webinars, key projects and more!

Check out the slides from our most recent businesse support webinars here.

Please contact Karen Williams for further information on business support and key projects being undertaken by Destination Nene Valley. T: 01832 742064 kwilliams@east-northamptonshire.gov.uk

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Did you know that we supported 50 businesses through training and workshops last year?

For the latest Government advice - visit website

Nene Valley Festival 2020!

We were so excited to deliver our best Nene Valley Festival yet this year, having smashed our target in 2019 and delivering 161 events to 41,500 participants (up from 31,000 in 2018). In light of COVID-19, the Nene Valley Festival has now been postponed until the Spring of 2021. We will look to mark our September 2020 date with some announcements of key projects and campaigns coming up. Our festival will then return back to it's normal September date in 2021.

We would like to thank all our festival partners, in particular Nenescape and the National Heritage Lottery Fund for their continued support.

If you would like to get involved in the festival, please email kwilliams@east-northamptonshire.gov.uk or contact Karen Williams on 01832 742064.

Did you know that our very first festival attracted 5,000 visitors and 48 events were included in the programme!


Our new website was launched back in August 2019 thanks to funding through the Nenescape Landscape Partnership Scheme and our partners at the Environment Agency and Nene Park Trust. We have so far received 99,000 visits to our site! If you would like to amend your free existing listing or add a new business, special event or offers then please contact Karen Williams on 01832 742064 or email kwilliams@east-northamptonshire.gov.uk. We would also welcome your events for 2021 too! You can submit your event details here.

We are currently preparing our consumer newsletter so please let us know if you would like to be included.

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Image courtesy of Shaun Woodward

We now promote over 300 businesses through nenevalley.net.

Enterprise Centre, East Northants

Enterprise Centre, East Northants will offer start-up and growing businesses first-rate flexible workspace and business support when the new £8 million state-of-the-art facility opens at Warth Park, Raunds in summer 2020.

East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) which is delivering the project, has received £1.69 million funding from the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) Local Growth Fund towards Enterprise Centre, East Northants as part of Enterprising East Northants, the council’s economic plan for sustainable job creation and business growth.

In March 2020, ENC appointed industry experts, BizSpace to manage the day to day operation of the centre. With more than twenty years of expertise, BizSpace is the UK’s leading provider of regional flexible workspace and will work with Enterprising East Northants, the council’s economic arm, to provide small and medium enterprises with business support and advice

It is ENC’s ambition to increase and improve the skills base across the district and by providing a space which will create up to 785 jobs in the first 10 years.

Construction work started in June 2019 and is being carried out by industry specialists, ASHE construction.

Local businesses and entrepreneurs will have access to a range of support and expertise to nurture and grow their business and it is anticipated that the centre will provide business support to 205 businesses in the first 10 years

To register your interest or for more information please visit Biz Space or call 0808 1787 060.

Some of our key projects over the next few months!

Have you entered our photographic competition? Our deadline is 30 June!

Test your knowledge with our River Nene Quiz and you could win a hamper!

Help us find our Nene Valley Star - our nominations are in and we are narrowing our long list to three finalists. We will then go to a public vote to choose our first winner! Keep following @_nenevalley on Twitter!

The Enterprising East Northants Film & TV Sector Group is a collaboration between key stakeholders – drawing a mix of production, post production, venue and local authority representatives together. Contact Karen Williams on 01832 742064 if you would like to get involved.

Business Podcasts - We are looking to hold podcasts over the next few months to support or businesses and partners. If you would like to get involved and promote your key offers and activities then please contact Ben Mainwaring at So Very Creative.

We are looking to run new webinars for tourism partners and businesses. Please email Ben Mainwaring if there is a particular subject that you would like to cover.

Do you need help with your business or marketing plan.? Want some tips on social media or need help with funding? Get in touch with Karen Williams on 01832 742064 or kwilliams@east-northamptonshire.gov.uk for 1 to 1 support.

Wayfinding and Branding in the Nene Valley - we are currently rolling out new signage from Thrapston to Wellingborough. Please let us know if you would like to consider being part of the Nene Valley family!

We launched our Nenespiration project to partners back in February and we were hoping to come to some key 2020 events to showcase our digital installation. Her's a teaser for now!

Our planned familiarisation visits around the Nene Valley will now take place in the Spring of 2021! Please let us know if you would like our groups to stop at your venue.

Our postponed annual event for all stakeholders will now be taking place at the end of January 2021.

Nenescape Update

Despite Nenescape’s activities looking a little different over the last few months, we’ve nonetheless stayed busy. Our partners at Stanwick Lakes leading on the Settlers of the Nene Valley project have launched a range of homeschooling packs, which have been added to lockdown activity pages on the Nenescape and Nene Valley websites. We are also running a River Nene-inspired song-writing competition, open until 31 August. As lockdown eases, some of our project sites are beginning to welcome visitors back, including at Nene Park and boating and angling activities on the river itself.

We are looking forward to working with our partners the Wildlife Trust and River Nene Regional Park over the coming months to get back to engaging with landowners and farmers in our habitat improvement and river restoration projects. While more of us are exploring our local area by foot or bike, we are also exploring options for improving green transport routes along the river with the Greenway partnership. It is thanks to ongoing support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the teamwork of the partnership that we are able to continue during this unusual time.

We look forward to working with you!