News – 19 April 2017

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.


Members’ meeting and AGM at Chase Hotel

On Thursday 23 March we held a meeting and our AGM at The Chase Hotel, Ross-on-Wye.  This was the first time that we have held a meeting in the Chase Hotel and it was a great success with over 100 people attending, the most we have ever had at a meeting.  The meeting had two strands: an attractions and activities showcase and our Annual General Meeting.  Full details of the meeting are on a members’ website, including the minutes of the AGM and details of the directors newly elected.

Many thanks to Colin and Deborah at the Chase for the venue, tea and coffee and some great cakes.

Date for your diary

Our next members’ meeting takes place on Wednesday 14 June 2017, 18.00 to 20.00 at Goodrich Castle.  We hope to see lots of you there for this summer evening meeting at a superb location – the first time we have held a meeting there.

Forest Activities Festival – Promote WVFDTA and you own business this Sunday

The Association has a stand at this Sunday’s Forest Activities Festival at Speech House and would like some assistance in manning it from 3pm to 5pm. Is anyone able to do an hour or so, talking about WVFDT and handing out brochures? Of course you can promote your own business at the same time too!  If you can help please contact as soon as possible so we can get your name on the Exhibitor List!

Opportunity for Welsh Producers (and #DeanWye attractions and activities

We have been offered the opportunity to have a FREE stand at the GREEN MAN SHOW in LONDON on 25-29 May.  This is a great opportunity to showcase our WELSH producers and our Welsh Partners, in the main, however, it does not exclude our English members who may want to support us in promoting the area in general, we will NOT however, be able to promote English food and drink producers. We will be setting up a general tourism display on the DeanWye stand on the Thursday and then the stand will be ready for ANY Welsh producer to attend, to promote their business and to also sell the delights of the DeanWye; there will be brochures and information on the area available as well as our pop up banners.  We are able to cover the cost of accommodation for 2 people (twin room which is already booked) but NOT travel costs or other expenses. The stand area is FREE for any producer to promote and potentially sell their products.  

Please contact urgently if you want your Welsh produce showcased or you would like to assist in manning the stand.

Wales Tourism Weeks

You will be aware that we encourage members to put on special offers or events to coincide with the annual tourism weeks to highlight our industry and raise its profile both locally and nationally.  Wales Tourism Week takes place 15 to 21 May and full details are on our member s’ website.  Look at the exitsing offers and send us your ideas for offers and events and we will promote them – send to

Banner Adverts

In addition to their normal listings, some members use banner adverts on our website to further promote their business.  There are opportunities to advertise on both the home page and the inside pages with prices starting from £100 for a 12-month period.  Adverts are randomly selected from all those available and when an advert is clicked, the user is taken to directly to the member’s own website, rather than their page on our site.  Adverts can be changed during the year and it is possible for adverts to be seasonal or related to specific events.  Full details.  If you want further information of wish to advertise, email

Blogging for Business

A few weeks a group of outdoor activity bloggers spent the weekend with us enjoying what was on offer.  During the weekend one of the group , Jenni Tulip, gave a presentation on the benefits to businesses of blogging.  This may be of interest to members and can be downloaded.

The Food & Drink Trade Show

One of our Associate members, Hale Events, is organising the The Food & Drink Trade Show which takes place at The Three Counties Showground, Malvern, on Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th May, from 10:00-5:00pm.  It showcases a unique mix of inspirational speciality food & drink products, from a wide range of exhibitors; from the small and regional, to those who trade throughout the UK and internationally.  It may be something that memebrs wish to visit to see what is available and some producers may wish to exhibit themselves.  Further information.

Catering for people with food allergies

One of Associate members, Stella Holt from Eating Out With Food Allergies, has sent in the following.

Based in The Forest of Dean, EOWFA is a new consultancy and recognition scheme for those in the catering and hospitality industry.

My aim is to provide help for those who want to do better, and give recognition to those who are working hard to meet the requirements of customers with food allergies, coeliac disease and EGIDS.  There will also be a resource for the food allergy and coeliac community to refer to in order to locate

Members of WVFDTA are being offered a free 30 minute consultation, and preferential rates on services.  Please follow the link for further details. and enter wyedean as the password.

Tourism Statistics

It is important to us to have figures about the numbers of visitors to our area, their spend and the total value of tourism to our economy.  Please help us collect this data.  Every month I send you a link to a quick survey (see below), it costs you nothing and if you complete it you will receive a monthly report on how business is in the region, for your sector and other FAB information.  I need you to fill it in regularly too, so that I have a clear picture of how we are doing and what we feel the next months are looking like, so that when I am on the radio, I have great facts to refer to. PLEASE TAKE PART! 69% of businesses in DEVON complete this, only 8% in our area!  All businesses, irrespective of their county should do this.

How’s Business

We are now collecting data for the MARCH 2017 South West ‘How’s Business?’ Survey and it would be great if you could enter your data at:

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 deadline for completions is Friday 28 April 2017.

European Funding and How to Get it

A recent workshop at The Growth Hub was aimed at businesses and organisations across Gloucestershire to help them understand what European Funding is available and how to get it.  What is usually a difficult process was explained very clearly and concisely and some members may be interested in the presentation which can be downloaded.

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