St Andrews Visitor Attractions Group – Ongoing Support to Encourage Joint Working, commissioned by Scottish Enterprise Fife.
Involved identifying and consulting with 20 visitor attractions in and around St Andrews to assess the scope for increased collaboration. The consultations were generally positive and resulted in a Tourism Innovation Workshop to discuss ideas and stimulate networking. On-going support was provided to progress the ideas that emerged. The participants found the networking aspects useful but unfortunately progress on delivering practical joint projects was limited.
The Re-development of the Harbourmaster’s House in Dysart, commissioned by Fife Council.
This project started by considering the feasibility of various uses for this disused B-Listed highly-visible building, some closely associated with the Fife Coastal Path. Development funding was secured to enable the project to proceed and Sandra assumed the role of project manager. Sandra prepared forward plans, market projections, secured grants (almost £300,000 from various sources including HLF and ERDF), project managed the designers and worked closely with the architects. The Fife Coastal Learning and Resource Centre has been well received by locals and visitors alike, and estimates suggest it is attracting around 15,000 users annually.
Project Management of Golf Tourism, commissioned by Scottish Enterprise.
Sandra and Mike Williamson, were appointed jointly in March 2003 to project manage various aspects of the Scottish Enterprise approach to golf tourism. This continued until August 2004 and included development of website content and best practice case studies, as well as organising industry events and disseminating research findings.
Development of the Art and Craft Sector in Perth and Kinross, commissioned by Perth and Kinross Council.
This project Involved identifying and mapping local craft makers, artists and galleries and consultation with them to ascertain current issues. Comparators were also investigated. A feedback meeting resulted in the establishment of “Creative Perthshire”. Follow on work with Creative Perthshire Steering Group/Committee included developing a constitution, business and marketing plans and a Challenge Fund application. Membership grew to around 60. A similar exercise was also undertaken in Angus but involved craft makers only. It had a similar number of participants. In both cases Sandra effectively assumed the role of project manager facilitating the development of the business groupings.