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Blue Chip Tourism

Developing Productive Partnerships

As resources become limited and the public funding landscape changes on an ongoing basis there has never been a greater need for the Visitor Economy to come together to maximise the impact of those resources.

Partnership can be a difficult business: developing consensus and a shared set of priorities leading to an action plan of benefit to all parties is not easy. Our experience of leading, developing and supporting numerous partnerships, both destination and product based, time limited and ongoing, project based and strategic, has given us the skills to optimise the time spent in those meetings and distil the many voices into one.

Our services for Partnerships include:

  • Visioning Workshops
  • Strategy Development
  • Business Planning
  • Membership and Funding Strategies
  • Action Plans, Implementation, Monitoring and Review

November 2014 - Present
Visit Hope Street
Community Interest Company, Liverpool


Since November 2014, Keith has worked as co-ordinator for the Visit Hope Street Community Interest Company, an association of the major academic, cultural, religious and business interests in this unique part of Liverpool.

Keith has successfully drawn both cash and in-kind support to deliver the work programme, organised lobbying activities, recruited additional members, developed strategic partnerships and created new networks.

Representing their interests and working with city partners, he has played a key role in developing major events such as Pentecost 2016 and the two Universities' Gradfest events as well as producing economic impact reports and raising the profile of Hope Street locally. More information on the Hope St CIC can be found at their website.

Download/Read: The Impact Of Hope

October 2016 - March 2017
Stoke-on-Trent City Council
Cultural Strategy


A major component of producing the cultural strategy involved working with the emerging Cultural Forum of Stoke-on-Trent and advising it on its structure, membership and strategic priorities.

Whilst there were a number of strong delivery partnerships in the city, a strategic dimension to working together was new to its cultural organisations and individual artists.

Bringing experience from other places, we were able to advise the Cultural Forum of the most appropriate structures and ways of working as it took is first steps.

Download/Read: Stoke UKCC summary

Download/Read: Stoke UKCC final summary


November 2018-April 2019
'Making Our Future' -
Creative Business Support Programme


In 2018 BCT were invited back to manage a small business support programme for the creative sector (festival and event organisers) in Stoke-on-Trent which focussed on expressed business needs and delivered specific support in those areas.

The programme consisted of 1:1 diagnostic analysis and advice, design & delivery of a masterclass programme, facilitation of group discussion/partnership working and project evaluation.