Hedingham Castle

2017 Visit Essex Annual Conference - How to grow your business through food, film and funding

The 2017 Visit Essex Annual Conference took place on Tuesday 21 March at Hedingham Castle with a focus on food tourism, filming and funding opportunities.

The event began with a national update from Kurt Janson at the Tourism Alliance and this was followed by Lisa Bone from Visit Essex explaining the opportunities for the coming year. Hayley Armstrong from Creative England then discussed how to use filming to increase revenue and Rochelle Mathieson from the Essex County Council external funding team gave some hints and tips on how to get more funding for your business. The afternoon will kicked off with a presentation from Ian Miller of digital agency, Crafted, who explained how to build your brand through digital marketing and this was followed by three food tourism case studies from A Taste of Anglia, RHS Garden Hyde Hall and West Street Vineyard.


Tourism Alliance
Kurt Janson, The Tourism Alliance
Visit Essex
Lisa Bone, Visit Essex
Creative England
Hayley Armstrong, Creative England
External Funding
Rochelle Mathieson, Funding & Investment Team
Ian Miller, Crafted
A Taste of Anglia
Robert Gunn, A Taste of Anglia
RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Sue Carter, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
West Street Vineyard
Jane Mohan, West Street Vineyard

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