News – 5 August 2016

Super new members – say hello

Check out the following businesses that has just joined the Association – Tweet, Facebook and LinkedIn with your network, and don’t forget to say hello.

Pay your membership fees by Direct Debit

All new members pay their fees by Direct Debit and we are now encouraging existing membes to do the same.  Membership renewal and the collection of fees is an onerous task and takes us over 3 months to complete but would be much easier if we used Direct Debits.  It can be simpler for you too, and you can also choose your renewal date (rather than being 1st January) to suit your financial situation or business calendar.  If you opt to pay by Direct Debit we will give you a 10% discount on your fees in the first year.  Further details.  If you are interested, email

On Your Bike!

The Tour of Britain takes place from 4 to 11 September and will be passing through our area on Thursday 8 September.  Along with the race itself we are celebrating that the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley is one of the best places in the country to cycle.  Have a look at at our new cycling page with details of cycle trails, bike friendly accommodation, local cycling groups and some interesting facts.  Fifteen of our members have created cycle art and we have combined these into a Cycle Art Trail.  Download the map and share it with your visitors.  Don’t forget to tweet the art trail, the race and what a great place this is to ride and do use our On Your Bike logo.

Great British High Street Awards

The Great British High Street Awards 2015 were a huge success; there were over 230 amazing high streets entered and nearly 200,000 votes for the 21 finalists.  This year, the competition is back and it is bigger and better. Once again they are looking for the nation’s best high streets and asking the public to help by voting for their winners. There are also new categories such as the Rising Star Award which is looking for high streets that are taking their first steps turning around their fortunes.

It is not only High Streets as there are categories for villages and small market towns.  In addition there are individual categories, eg best store manager.  Why not enter – it would be good to get one of lovely market towns onto the short list.  The closing date is 9 September.  Further details.

GlosCol & the Forest of Dean Campus

One of our directors, Hari Fell, recently met with GlosCol & the Forest of Dean Campus about getting businesses working more closely with their hospitality and catering department. They have had a major change in personnel and are keen to develop relationships with local businesses. If you are interested in: advertising vacancies through the colleges, offering work experience for their students or helping them deliver their course by possibly delivering a module at the college then I would love to hear from you. We have a meeting set for Sept 5 at 10am at the Five Acres site for anyone who is interested. Please let Hari know as we would like a cross section of businesses to really make this work for all involved. Please email her on

The Foresters’ Forest

The Foresters’ Forest is a Heritage Lottery Funded Landscape Partnership programme, formed from an association of partner organisations and local community groups within the Forest of Dean, whose aim is to raise awareness and participation in the built, natural and cultural heritage that makes the Forest special.

As part of the project Red Kite Consultancy are preparing an Interpretation Plan for the Forest of Dean. Please help them create a strategy that reflects your views and ideas by completing a quick survey. It will only take 2 minutes and your input will shape how the Forest of Dean is interpreted in the future.  Click here to complete the survey.

Cyber Security

We all rely on computer systems to run our businesses and most people are aware of the treats, whether they be accidental or malicious.  At our last members meeting Mark Godsland from Gloucestershire Constabulary gave a presentation on cyber security and the steps that we can all take to remain safe.  Since then Mark has sent in a lot of useful information that can be found on our members’ website.

On our website we also have an overview of cyber security and it is well worth acquainting yourself with what is available.

Job vacancy

The Dome Gardens, a glamping site at Coleford, has a vacancy for a fill-in manager during the weekends throughout much of September.  If you are interested, contact Jonny,

Newent and district bus services

Are you concerned about bus services in Newent and surrounding areas? Will you find it difficult to get to work or school or to shop?  An open meeting is being held by Newent Community Transport at Sheppard House on Wednesday 17th August at 6.30pm to discuss what additional services can be offered to meet people’s needs.  Please confirm attendance by emailing or telephoning Pam on 01531 821227.


We recently received the following documents from The Tourism Alliance that may be of interest.

How’s Business?

We are now collecting data for the JULY 2016 South West ‘How’s Business?’ Survey – please help by sharing your data.  Upon submitting their data, and as a thank you for taking part, participants will be re-directed to the full report for the previous month.  The latest survey link for circulation is:

The deadline for completions is Wednesday 31st August 2016.

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.  It is a once-a-year chance to discover architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities that bring local history and culture to life.  The open days this year are 8 to 11 September and the brochure can be downloaded.  The following members are taking part.

  • Speech House Hotel
  • Tan House Farm
  • Bespoke Brewery
  • Newland Church
  • Dean Forest Railway
  • Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Tour Guides
  • St Briavels Castle
  • Dean Heritage Centre

Further details

Four ways Pokemon Go can boost restaurant sales

Pokemon Go has taken the UK by storm, and savvy bars and restaurants are already using the game to boost sales.  Further details.

Ross Christmas Fayre

It’s never too soon to start planning!  Ross Christmas Fayre takes place on Sunday 20th November 11am – 5pm.  If you are interested in supporting the fayre or want a stall, contact the working part on or see their FaceBook page.

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