The difference that the THI has had on people has not just been achieved by the capital schemes. The complementary initiatives programme has made a wider and long-lasting impact on the community.
Over the course of the THI provided training opportunities to a total of 60 businesses during the duration of the THI and engaged with a total of 70 businesses through the Window Dressing competitions.
19 independent businesses benefitted from one-to-one advice provided by the local Bay Business Centre. Businesses were able to get neutral feedback on their business and further advice and support towards the creation of a short-term action plan. They were also to obtain a small grant of to implement these changes, matched by the Bay Business Centre.
Window Dressing and Retail display masterclasses - training was provided to over 40 busineses during the four years of annual competitions, covering themes such as 'Eric's birthday' and 'Summer of Sport' to commemorate the Olympics.
The sustainable business activities, particularly the window dressing competitions, encouraged business owners to consider and improve the external appearance of their properties, created publicity for the project and provided an opportunity to update stakeholders on the judging panel with project-related progress in a fun and engaging way.
Heritage Skills and Education
The Heritage Skills and Education element has delivered over 200 direct training facilities, from lead to lime and carving to cornicing. It has further indirectly supported and helped initiate access to more formal training opportunities such as the RIBA conservation courses and the CSkills Repair of Old Buildings course.
Further the prohect has tried to aid wider understanding about the care of pre-1919 buildings through the promotion of the annual National Maintenance Week, via leaflet drops, press releases, the donation of appropriate source material to Morecambe Library, and further through the creation of repair guidance.
Last updated: 25 June 2019