HMP Shepton Mallet: Who Cares? Guest blog by Alison Carroll

I am going to start with a confession. I have only lived in the area for 15 years. I have no historic connection to Shepton Mallet. I have no connection to HMP Shepton Mallet. Do I care about the future of the place? Yes, but only in the sense that I care that it is a listed building; a place with 400 years history; a place who’s redevelopment could influence Shepton Mallet’s future. Until last week I didn’t know why Claire Sully [1], founder of ‘Creating a Vision and Future for Read more [...]

The future of giving – a good business decision?

In a recent workshop we ran: The Future of Giving - Connecting with the Generous Generation, we explored  - with charities and "boomers" in attendance - how demographics is set to have a huge impact on the future of giving. This is because a computer-literate older generation of “baby-boomers” are increasingly making decisions on philanthropic support based on online engagement.  This is more than giving money though: There is a shift in how donors wish to be involved when they give. If Read more [...]

Shepton Mallet Prison – If These Walls Could Speak. Guest blog by Alison Carroll

Much to my surprise the walls of the former HM Prison Shepton Mallet did speak to me on July 14th as I attended the second consultation event organised by City and Country ahead of the prison’s redevelopment. I was taken on a whirlwind tour of the exhibition and prison buildings by a very enthusiastic six year old (my son). It was hard to take it all in but towards the end the walls spoke. They urged me to slow down, stop, look, listen, learn. How was I to respond to the questions asked during Read more [...]

Frome – sowing seeds and seeing transformation in a Somerset Town

In 2008 myself and my business partner John Brunsdon were asked to present ideas about place marketing to the Catherine Hill Traders - who were a group of business owners based on and around Catherine Hill, in Frome. During our workshop and discussion with a small group of individuals we covered: Why you need Place Marketing How to approach developing a place brand - starting with a vision based on reality What is Frome's vision How to spread the word and make it happen (including Read more [...]