Jo Thompson, Director, of Wye Forest Retreats says:
I joined Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourism last year. It has been the perfect platform to launch a business from and I have found it a very supportive network. The organisation works hard behind the scenes and we have benefitted from PR support with new collaborations this year in identifying the wellbeing tourism sector, as well as innovative advertising of the area as a whole. This combined with the new TIC in Coleford, has allowed me access visitors and reach out to quality clients easily. Traffic to my website from my page on their website has been impressive, as has feedback from a small advert we have placed in the Days Out guide.
Staff training and development opportunities are plentiful, as other members can infill on courses to share the costs. The Wye Valley and Forest of Dean are on the up, which is a result of the organisation’s work to promote the area and its members. Many of us are relatively small operators and it can be lonely work, but this is a lovely space to meet folk who have very similar business challenges and frustrations, but who also share successes. We are certainly greater as an association than the sum of the individual members!