This week brought the fantastic news for Lincoln that the Cathedral’s Connected project had secured a £900,000 grant to allow the project to start. A further £11.3 million has been earmarked by HLF for the project but that will require a further application. Congratulations to the Subdean who chaired the project team and to Anne Irvine who managed, authored and nurtured the bid document to its successful outcome.
Globe was very pleased to have contributed the Cathedral Economic Impact Report to the project and subsequently to have completed the Options Appraisal and Outline Business Plan Report and a few other elements for the Cathedral Connected project application.
Our relationship with the Cathedral project team will be continuing throughout the next phase as a result of our appointment, through a formal tender process, to advise on the development of a detailed business plan. We’ve been keeping that news to ourselves for several months while the HLF grant application was being assessed but with Tuesday’s announcement work can now get underway.
I will be leading Globe’s input with support from our Business Manager Elizabeth, and for this detailed phase of work we will also be joined by John Chappelle of Insight Accounting. John has both local and international experience of business planning for tourism venues and is an ex-Duncan & Toplis Partner so we will be relying on his counting skills. We have worked with John for some time on the Countryside Business Park in Skegness and we jointly authored the private sector element of the Business Park’s successful National Growth Fund application. We were therefore delighted John agreed to be included in our tender submission and to work with us on the Lincoln Cathedral Connected Business plan.