Destination Nene Valley Business Newsletter - Autumn/Winter 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 Autumn edition of our newsletter! It's been a difficult year for the tourism industry and we are here to support businesses at every step of the way.

How we can help your business

Karen Williams, Tourism Development Officer.

T: 01832 742064 or email info@nenevalley.net

Main image courtesy of Mandy Wright.

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2020 - 2021 Dates for your diary

  • 17 November - Building Resilience Through The Recession webinar from The Mallows Company. 10am. Book here!
  • 17 November - Destination marketing in the “new normal” webinar by VisitEngland. 1pm start. Book here!
  • 18 November - Getting started with creating online experiences in the run up to Christmas. 5pm start. Book here!
  • 20 November - Wellbeing in the Workplace - Exploring healthy stress-busters & supporting with the University of Northampton Business Support Team. 12pm start. Book here!
  • 20 November - Managing Changing Priorities webinar by Building Business. 10am start. Book here!
  • 20 November - Wellbeing in the Workplace - Exploring healthy stress-busters & supporting webinar by University of Northampton Business Support Team. 12pm start. Book here!
  • 20 November - Nene Valley Accommodation Group Forum. 1pm start. Book here!
  • 24 November - Micro-businesses – building towards recovery. As the sector continues to build towards recovery, we take a look into how micro-businesses from across the industry have adapted and how they plan to build demand and aid recovery. With case studies from self catering and B&Bs to small attractions. 11am start. VisitEngland recovery webinar. Book here!
  • 26 November - ‘We’re Good to Go’ – what we’ve learnt and what’s next webinar by VisitEngland. 11am start. Book here!
  • 3 December - Google Digital Garage - Create Videos with YouTube webinar by VisitEngland and Google Digital Garage. 11am start. Book now!
  • 8 December - Creating Great Content webinar by VisitEngland. 11am start. Book now!
  • 10 December - Google Digital Garage – find customers with Google Maps webinar by VisitEngland. 11am start. Book now!
  • 27 January - Mental health first aid training – mini session by University of Northampton Business Support Team. 12pm start. Book now
  • SAVE THE DATE - Our Recovery Through Enterprise Business Festival will take place from 22 - 28 February.
  • SAVE THE DATE - Our annual tourism event will take place virtually on Wednesday 24 February!
  • Nene Valley Festival 11-19 September 2021. Email info@nenevalley.net with details of your events that you would like to include.

Nene Valley Festival podcasts

With business up and down the Nene Valley facing disruption in the face of the ongoing Covid-19 situation, the Nene Valley team are rolling out a variety of business support activities to try and help our partners all over the region get back on their feet and make the most of the ‘new normal’.

Over the last few weeks we have been releasing a range of content via our social media channels, a series of updates here on the blog, webinars and even a brand new season of our Festival podcast.

During the course of the season we will be engaging with a range of local businesses, support organisations and industry figures to get the lowdown on the work they do and a range of useful advice for businesses to take advantage of.

You can find the episode wherever you get your podcast subscriptions from - whether it be Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Play or elsewhere - or feel free to stream using the embedded widget found below. We have just released the first episodes of this seasons run - including a very interesting interview with Ruth Cozens from SEMLEP who discussed some of the work SEMLEP are doing in the region right now, as well as offering some great advice for businesses looking to navigate the potential disruption ahead.

Please be sure to subscribe to the podcast in your service of choice to make sure you don't miss an episode of the series over the coming weeks!

You can also view our most recent digital marketing webinars here.


There's still time to catch up on the webinars we delivered during the first lockdown. Click here!

VisitEngland - VisitBritain

Business Advice Hub - VisitEngland - VisitBritain
  • Destination Marketing in the new normal webinar on 17 November. Book here!
  • Promoting virtual attractions by tourism businesses to encourage Brits to #EscapeTheEveryday (at home). Find out how you can download the new logos and get involved.
  • Business Advice Hub - helping your tourism business to grow - with practical tips, legal obligations and local support.
  • View all business recovery webinars here!
  • Culture Secretary announces plans to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June 2022.

Are you aware of the Special Protection Area?

The Nene Valley is a brilliant place to enjoy the great outdoors, but it’s also vital for wildlife and the thousands of protected birds that spend their winters here. Because of this, specific gravel pits in the valley have been designated a Special Protected Area (SPA). The SPA stretches along the River Nene floodplain from Clifford Hill near Northampton downstream to Thorpe Waterville, north of Thrapston. A map can be viewed here.

The pits are formed of extensive shallow and deep open waters, alongside other features such as sparsely-vegetated islands, gravel bars and other “bird-friendly” habitats. This variety provides valuable resting and feeding conditions for wintering water birds.

Help us to promote the importance of the SPA to our residents and visitors by visiting our SPA page here.

Images courtesy of Victor Penn

We look forward to working with you!