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Experience Nottinghamshire

Welcome to the corporate, media and trade site for Experience Nottinghamshire, part of Marketing Nottingham & Nottinghamshire and the official tourism body for the city and county. Funded in part by Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County council and significant private sector income including memberships, commercial activities and a range of grants.

The team provide a range of services for tourism related businesses, journalists and travel trade industry professionals seeking up-to-date and factual information about the destination. They promote a wide range of venues and attractions to leisure and businesses tourists via the destination website, the Nottingham Tourism Centre and the official visitor guide. Please explore the site further to find out more.

Press Releases – Experience Nottinghamshire

The official tourism website for Nottinghamshire
  • 28/06/2017 10:51:42

    Nottinghamshire’s cultural sector will benefit from £23m of investment through the Arts Council England National Portfolio for the 2018 – 2022 funding period, announced yesterday by Arts Council England (27 June 2017).

    The investment from Arts Council England in Nottinghamshire has doubled, up from £11m for the portfolio funding given to local organisations in the 2015 – 2018 period.

    15 organisations in total in Nottinghamshire will benefit from the funds, and seven of these are organisations not receiving funding through the Arts Council England portfolio for the current period (2015 – 2018 funding period).

    The investment reflects a commitment by Arts Council England to significantly increase the funding to arts and cultural organisations outside of London, recognising the importance of the sector across the whole of England.

    The National Portfolio includes organisations across England of all sizes and scales, with museums and libraries coming into the portfolio for the first time. In Nottinghamshire, this means organisations such as the National Holocaust Centre, Inspire and National Justice Museum are now receiving funding for the period.

    Nottingham city is the cultural hub for the region, and 13 of the 15 organisations to be awarded funding are located within the city boundaries. City Arts Nottingham, Dance4 and New Art Exchange have all enjoyed an increase in existing funding, further boosting the potential for the cultural sector in the city.

    Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, Nottingham City Council, said:

    “The funding announcements made by Arts Council England are very welcome and demonstrate the quality of arts organisations based and working in this city.  Nottingham is fortunate to have such amazing and varied talent which adds hugely to the vibrancy and diversity of our city making it such a great place to live, work and visit.”

    Paul Russ, Chair of the Strategic Cultural Partnership in Nottingham, said:

    “Arts Council England’s investment in Nottingham is a great acknowledgement of the quality of the city’s arts scene. From independent artists to internationally renowned institutions Nottingham has one of the most enviable arts infrastructures in the country and the sector is thrilled to see an increased investment in the city, particularly to increase opportunities for public engagement, supporting independent artists such as Tom Dale and developing international partnerships.”

    Brendan Moffett, Chief Executive of Marketing NG, said:

    “The cultural sector is of increasing importance in Nottinghamshire, acting as a significant driver for the visitor economy, and adding to the appeal of the destination.

    “This increase in funding for organisations in Nottinghamshire shows the confidence of Arts Council England in the value of the offer here, which is going from strength to strength.

    “Research in 2015 by VisitBritain showed the UK is ranked in the top 3 destinations worldwide for culture, and cultural tourism is a significant growth area for tourism. We’ll be working closely with the cultural sector in Nottingham to continue raising the profile of the impressive cultural offer here.”

    Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England said:

    “We’re delighted to unveil our ambitious new portfolio reaching more people in more places across the Midlands than ever before.

    “The Arts Council is investing more money than ever before outside London, we’re introducing 42 new organisations, including museums and libraries for the first time, as well as continuing to fund current organisations. We’ve been able to offer an increase to a small number of organisations we currently fund who made an exceptional case. The Midlands already boasts a vibrant cultural scene with an international reputation for excellence and we look forward to seeing more great art and culture being enjoyed by more audiences in more places.”

    The full list of Nottinghamshire organisations to receive funding is:

    • Backlit
    • City Arts Nottingham
    • Inspire Library Service
    • Dance4
    • National Justice Museum
    • New Art Exchange
    • New Perspectives Theatre Company
    • Nottingham City Museums and Galleries
    • Nottingham Contemporary
    • Broadway Media Centre
    • Nottingham Playhouse
    • Primary
    • The National Holocaust Centre and Museum
    • Tom Dale Company
    • Writing East Midlands

    View the list of Nottinghamshire recipients here.

    The full list of national recipients is available here.

    Read the announcement from Arts Council England here.

  • 23/06/2017 15:02:31

    Nottingham’s outstanding universities – the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University – have both been awarded the gold standard in the 2017 teaching excellence framework (TEF) rankings, published yesterday (22 June).

    Nottingham is the only UK city to have all its universities achieve the gold rating in the TEF, reflecting the excellent standard of undergraduate teaching offered in higher education in the city.

    The TEF is a government-backed assessment of undergraduate teaching across all higher education institutions in England, with some institutions in Scotland and Wales also taking part.  It has been introduced to recognise and reward excellent teaching to better inform student choices about what and where to study.

    Nottingham’s universities also both feature in the top 40 of The Guardian university league table for 2018, with University of Nottingham at 19 and Nottingham Trent University at 34, both improving on their rankings from 2017.

    Brendan Moffett, chief executive of Marketing NG, the official place marketing organisation (PMO) for Nottinghamshire, said the quality of Nottingham’s universities means the city is a leader when it comes to future talent.

    “Our Universities are going from strength to strength, their teaching has received the highest accolade and they continue to drive our economy with globally significant research and collaboration with industry. Access to the very best talent is a key consideration for companies who we want to choose Nottingham as a place to locate and grow their business.”

    Nottingham City Council’s Deputy Leader, Councillor Graham Chapman, said: “It’s very pleasing that both of our universities have the highest possible teaching standards in the UK, making Nottingham the only city in the country in this position. This should enhance the reputation of Nottingham as one of the best cities to study not just for quality of teaching but as a vibrant place with plenty to offer for students to enjoy. We also hope this will lead to more graduates choosing to stay here to live and work, boosting the number of businesses and jobs.”

    Professor Sarah O’Hara, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Student Experience at University of Nottingham, said: “We’re absolutely delighted that we have received a TEF Gold rating. It reflects the hard work and creativity of our teaching staff and support colleagues across our UK campuses. Every single one of them has contributed to this institutional award, and I want to thank them all.”

    Professor Edward Peck, Vice-Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University, said: “Transforming the lives of students, providing a rounded experience, and supporting graduates with initiatives that help them to secure the jobs or further training that launch their careers are all hugely important issues. They are rightly the ones upon which to judge the contribution universities make to students and society.”

    Commercial property experts JLL recently highlighted the importance of talent when businesses are considering their locations: Nowadays, when it comes to companies looking for a new location to call home for their headquarters or satellite offices, the local talent pool should be the top consideration for most businesses, along with available real estate and the presence of clusters—physical hubs housing a large concentration of same-sector businesses and support services. Full article available here.

    Media contact:

    Erin Huckle, Marketing NG / 0115 962 8304 / 07411 355 293

  • 21/06/2017 14:47:58

    Visit Nottinghamshire, part of Marketing NG, is encouraging businesses across the county to take advantage of the immense opportunity presented by the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, when it rolls into Nottinghamshire on 6 September 2017.

    Experts are predicting an economic boost of around £500,000 for Nottinghamshire, based on the impact seen in other locations when hosting the start or finish elements of the race in previous years.

    Nottinghamshire will host stage four of the race, starting in Mansfield and finishing in Newark, and taking in 175km of the county’s roads. The race has a worldwide TV audience of millions, and is expected to attract 1.6 million spectators over the eight-days it takes place across the country.

    This is the first time Nottinghamshire has hosted an entire stage of the race, which historically provides a significant economic boost in the locations it tours.

    “The Tour of Britain presents a great opportunity for local businesses, and we’re keen to work with businesses to help them maximise the impact it has. There are a range of opportunities to get involved, from window dressing in shops, to special offers for visitors, to race sponsorship packages, meaning everyone has the chance to benefit from this exciting event,” said Brendan Moffett, Chief Executive of Visit Nottinghamshire.

    “There is still an opportunity for a local business to be a headline sponsor for stage four of the race, giving unprecedented exposure via the 1 million people expected to watch stage four race coverage in the UK, and the 200,000 spectators we’re expecting to line the route in Nottinghamshire.”

    Not only will the race provide immediate benefits for business, it will also help raise the profile of Nottinghamshire and its impressive visitor attractions, putting the county in the spotlight to a global audience.

    “It’s a real coup for Nottinghamshire to have a start and finish, and the route is set to showcase some of the most iconic scenery in the county, passing by major attractions such as Sherwood Forest, Clumber Park, Newstead Abbey, Rufford Abbey and Southwell Minster,” said Moffett.

    Nottinghamshire is a county with a passion for cycling, with an already established calendar of cycling events such as Cycle Live, which takes place this weekend (25 June), and many cycling attractions such as Sherwood Pines and Clumber Park.

    Nottinghamshire County Council, Mansfield District Council, Newark & Sherwood District Council, Ashfield District Council, Broxtowe District Council, Bassetlaw District Council, Gedling District Council and Nottingham City Councilhave made a significant investment in bringing the race to Nottinghamshire, and now is the time for local businesses to take advantage of this opportunity.

    “We look forward to working with businesses and stakeholders to make the most of this, the biggest free-to-attend sporting event ever to come to Nottinghamshire,” said Moffett.

    Local businesses can find out more about how to get involved at:

    Or by contacting Rachel Stewart at Visit Nottinghamshire on:

    Images available for download here.


    For further press information, please contact:

    Erin Huckle, Communications Manager: / 0115 962 8304

    Main photo (l-r) Erin Huckle, Communications Manager, Visit Nottinghamshire; Brendan Moffett, Chief Executive, Visit Nottinghamshire; Councillor Kevin Rostance, Vice Chairman of communities and place committee for Nottinghamshire County Council; Councillor John Handley, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council; Matt Cronshaw, Tour of Britain cyclist; The Chairman’s lady Margaret Handley; Peter Hodges, Marketing Director, Tour of Britain; Rachel Stewart, Events Manager, Visit Nottinghamshire.

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