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A Good Year for Giving

Ed Vaizey MP
, November 28, 2014 — Uncategorized
Good news sometimes comes in unlikely packages.  Yesterday (Thursday 27 November) the DCMS published something called ‘Charitable Giving Indicators 2013/14 – Statistical Release’.  Not, perhaps, a title to make the pulse race but, for all that, it contains some rather sensational news: charitable donations to our cultural institutions at an all-time high.  Let me explain.…

Cool Caravanning

Nick Lomas
, November 26, 2014 — Tourism
Following the Caravan Club Awards, Nick Lomas,  Director General of The Caravan Club, shares his views on the thriving industry. The Caravan Club represents around one million touring caravan, motorhome and trailer tent owners, who between them contribute well over £1.5 billion a year to local economies and in VAT and motoring-related taxes to the Exchequer…

32 Billion Birthday Wishes

Helen Grant MP
, November 21, 2014 — Tourism
Any idea where you were twenty years ago this weekend? Still at school? In college? Some of you, of course, may not even have been born. Me, I was married with a two-year old, working as a lawyer in Wimbledon and thinking about setting up my own family law practice. To be honest, the fine…

The tide is starting to turn for women in sport

Helen Grant MP
, November 7, 2014 — Sport
I came back from my Women in Sport conference last Thursday with a spring in my step. There had been a real buzz in the room and a brilliant set of contributions in the discussions. The media had been out in force and, as I switched on my lap-top, I discovered it was trending on…

England’s quality attractions beckon this half term

Jenny McGee
, October 27, 2014 — Culture
As half term begins, VisitEnglands’ Enterprise Director Jenny McGee celebrates the breadth of #GREATdayout opportunities on offer across England. There are so many wonderful experiences to enjoy across England this half term, whether on a day trip, short break or longer holiday. Wherever you choose to venture, I know for certain you won’t be far from one…

Legacy of London 2012 transforming East London

Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP
, October 24, 2014 — Sport
Ten years ago, London hadn’t been selected as host city for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It didn’t even look like we would be – in late 2004, Paris and Madrid were still leading the running. Our capital was all set to fill the “plucky loser” role played by so many British Olympians throughout…

Enjoying the outdoors this Half Term

Helen Meech
, October 23, 2014 — Culture
Helen Meech, Assistant Director, Outdoors and Nature Engagement at the National Trust, highlights the importance of getting your children outside and enjoying nature during Half Term. I’ve got a theory that everyone’s born wild. Deep down, I reckon everyone likes being outdoors. And nobody likes being outdoors more than children. My two year old daughter,…

Heritage Highlights this Halloween Half-Term

Lucy Hutchings
, October 21, 2014 — Culture
Lucy Hutchings, Head of Events at English Heritage encourages families this half term, to explore the historic sites on offer across the UK. Across the UK, in our cities, towns and villages, in our parks and in our gardens, there are ruined castles and abbeys, prehistoric stone circles and historic houses right on our doorsteps,…