VSL sponsors a new Oxfordshire cultural experience

14/09/2015

Prime Minister and Witney MP David Cameron was guest of honour at a special tourism event at Cogges Manor Farm, which was sponsored by VSL & Partners, Oxfordshire’s leading commercial property consultants and longstanding supporters of cultural development in the county.

VSL director Richard Venables said: “We were delighted to sponsor this very special event, which brought together Oxfordshire’s cultural community and its supporters.

“We firmly believe the economic well-being of the area is intrinsically linked to the cultural diversity, which is why we are long term supporters of Experience Oxfordshire, which champions the county’s arts, culture, heritage, visitor attractions, hotels and guest houses, transport providers and retailers.

“The Cultural Platform event at Cogges Manor Farm was a great opportunity to step out of our daily routine and reflect on the local cultural community.”

Mr Cameron’s visit to the event followed the Government’s announcement of a new Five Point Plan to boost tourism in the UK. After speaking to the invited audience of local businesses representing Oxfordshire’s tourism, heritage and cultural sector and local councillors he met families in the grounds of Cogges Manor Farm who were enjoying hands-on games and activities to celebrate the anniversary of the Magna Carta.

Richard Venables continued: “According to Experience Oxfordshire the value of tourism to the county is £1.8 billion and each year we welcome over 26.5 million visitors.  We are delighted to back their aim to improve the visitor experience and grow the value of the visitor economy through the promotion of local businesses.

“Oxford has a special place in the development of democracy through the Magna Carta.  Historically it has been at the centre for councils between kings and warring factions and the Provisions of Oxford, drafted by Simon de Montfort, was the basis of the birth of our modern parliament.”

The celebrations of the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta included exhibitions by the Oxford University Bodleian Library, which holds nearly a quarter of the world’s original 13th century manuscripts, the Oxfordshire Libraries and Oxford Brookes University.

As part of their commitment to supporting businesses and encouraging culture in Oxfordshire VSL takes part in many local initiatives, including Experience Oxfordshire in helping to promote tourism and culture across the county.  They are corporate sponsors for the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and are involved in the Cherwell – M40 Investment Partnership (CHIP), the Oxford Strategic Partnership. Richard Venables is joint Chair of the Oxford City Council Economic Development Steering Group and a private sector board member of the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

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