We are so pleased to announce the launch of the first phase of the new Glossop Creates website, which has been designed to support and promote local, independent businesses in the Glossopdale area. The website forms part of a wider Glossop Creates campaign aimed to empower the local creative community to come together as a force for economic success and drive the change it wants to see.
Phase 1 of the website highlights those valued businesses who are impacted most by the current restrictions posed on businesses as we re-enter Tier 3 in this global pandemic. Conscious of the many different ways the pandemic is impacting on local businesses, we carried out consultation in the summer which told us that there was a clear need to support the local creative and independent business community by raising awareness of the talent and skills in our town, boosting business, raising the profile of Glossop as a destination for creativity, and sustaining local employment.
The funding has been used to launch a new Glossop Creates website, which brings together local, independent creative businesses and individuals – including talented artists, writers, designers and musicians, artisan makers, stunning restaurants, cosy cafes, specialist shops and more – to profile their businesses, products and crafts, support their services and give the local independent economy a boost after a tumultuous year.
Listening to the needs of our local community
Glossop is a stunning example of a post-industrial mill town with a highly talented creative community. We believe that this community can pave the way for wider regeneration plans for the town, including co-working spaces, artisan food markets and more. It is a town steeped in heritage, but bursting with future-thinking individuals who want to deepen their connection with their beautiful town and help it to grow and evolve to suit their needs.
Following the results of the survey, and a series of workshops mapping shared values and learnings, we co-designed a programme of support which has attracted funding from the Arts Council of England to match funds already committed from High Peak Borough Council. The investment provided Glossop Creative Trust with the opportunity to create this new business-focussed website for the town with a small team of local creatives, and it will also help us to provide new commissioning opportunities for local artists and creative entrepreneurs in 2021.
Our long term aim is to strengthen Glossop’s cultural ecosystem in order for the community to have increased access to the arts and culture. Our work aims to be inclusive and consider the wider demographics of the town. Therefore we welcome new partnerships with local organisations directly serving the needs of the community.
We will also share, amplify and promote the creative and innovative businesses in Glossop, and towns and villages within a five-mile radius (including Hayfield / Broadbottom and Mottram in Greater Manchester), via its social media platforms. We continue to work with our partners including High Peak Borough Council, Derbyshire County Council, The Bureau and others who will support and advocate for our work in the long term.
How we’re using digital placemaking as a tool to showcase our town!
Digital Placemaking uses technology to engage local people and local businesses, harness a sense of community and amplify a sense of place. It aims to deepen the community’s connection with their town, their surroundings and with each other. GlossopCreates aims to do this by mobilising the town’s vibrant creative people and businesses to lead the change they want to see.
Building on the digital aspect of placemaking, the initiative has wider post-Covid plans to use art to bring joy and focus to the town’s central outdoor spaces with a series of artist commissions, and also plans to host a series of events throughout 2021 to further celebrate, support and bring together the local independent business community.
The digital placemaking initiative is part of a wider growth strategy for the town and the region, which aims to build on Glossop’s distinctive heritage and reaffirm the identity of the High Peak and make it a better place to live, work, play and visit. It also aims to help the area forge stronger links with the neighbouring areas of Greater Manchester, the city of Manchester itself and the wider High Peak.
Claire Tymon, Glossop Creates Project Lead