Adam Bates, Head of Tourism & Leisure, Brighton & Hove City Council
"Blue Sail did a fantastic job of responding quickly and professionally to the brief. They came up with some great ways of engaging a wide range of stakeholders and drawing out a broad set of views and opinions before distilling their findings into some workable options. The quality of the events they ran, their written reports and advice was second to none."
Matt Biagetti, Liverpool Vision
"I know that we were impressed with Lorna and Amanda from day one. From our first meeting, we realised that their enthusiasm, creativity and obvious experience were just what we needed, and that continued throughout the commission. I think they both impressed everyone throughout the preparation of the RopeWalks Marketing and Promotion Plan, and I think that impression rubbed off on others at Liverpool Vision as well as those at other organisations involved with the commission. Things like staying over in Liverpool and going out and about in RopeWalks a lot, meeting us before the interviews, (as well as their expertise obviously!) was something that no one else did."
Cath Hindle, Head of Tourism Development, Tourism Tyne & Wear
"Blue Sail speak our language and their collective experience means that they have been there, done that and found a solution to all the issues we might face. Our (Blue Sail written) Digital Strategy is a great example where they looked at all of our activity and came back with a step by step solution that translates through the organisation from Board to staff. Most importantly (and unusually for consultants), I was handed a piece of work that needed no further work or explanation from me and has been embedded into what we do. They really are the best consultants I've ever worked with. Employ them now!"
Chantal Lowson, Senior Market Intelligence Consultant, Welcome To Yorkshire
"We commissioned Blue Sail in 2009 to carry out a comprehensive tourism investment study for the Yorkshire region. We were very pleased with the high quality output of the work and specialist tourism expertise given to us during the project. Blue Sail's strong partnership approach allowed for all our needs and objectives to be met fully within the brief. We now have in place a very informative piece of work, which will really support some of our future promotion and product development decisions within the region."
Bill Ferris, Chief Executive, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust
"Blue Sail approached the complex issue of running a strategy development day with a team of very senior trustees of the charity, from very diverse backgrounds, in a totally inclusive and engaging way that led to unanimous decisions about our future direction of travel and means of getting there. Just the right balance of leadership, guidance and listening appropriate to the highest standard of facilitation."
Amanda Smyth: Director of Marketing - Visit England
"The workshops Blue Sail facilitated with the Enjoy England marketing team were extremely worthwhile and I would highly recommend them. The Blue Sail team really listened to what our issues were and designed the sessions to exactly meet our required outputs. The workshops themselves were highly interactive, energetic and, above all, fun and we have come away with very high quality and useful follow up documentation highlighting next steps."
Alison Burt: Head of Communications - Guildford Council
"Blue Sail delivered on their promise to provide a workable strategic framework document together with concrete actions to support our burgeoning partnership. The Think Tank approach proved to be extremely thought provoking and stimulating for all involved."
Peter Dodd: Director of Marketing - England's North County
"Blue Sail's work gave us a valuable insight into the emerging markets for the North of England helping us prioritise our marketing programme."
Katie Read: Natural Tourism Manager - Natural Economy North West
"Blue Sail turned our vision into reality, economic strategy into delivery, building relationships, opening closed doors and giving practical solutions."
Lael Scheckter, Project Manager - Visit London
"It was a pleasure working with the Blue Sail team. Their approach is professional, highly organised and creative. They really understood our requirements and met the brief perfectly. I look forward to working with Blue Sail again."
Sam Warnock: Head of Visitor Marketing - Advantage West Midlands
"I found working with Blue Sail a great experience. They were professional, knowledgeable and had a real grasp of the sector. They knew what we had been doing, where we wanted to get to with the budgets available, and crucially, the ability to deliver a branding and marketing strategy that really delivered."
Jessica Roberts: Head of Business Tourism - Newcastle/Gateshead Initiative
"It was a pleasure working with Blue Sail on our business tourism planning workshop. Amanda and Lorna brought a valuable combination of specialist knowledge and experience together with enthusiasm and positivity which brought out the best in the members of the NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau Steering Group. The workshop provided a sound basis for forward business planning for the Convention Bureau and created an upbeat foundation for future meetings."
Sheona Southern: Marketing Director - Cumbria Tourism
"Blue Sail team have worked on several projects for Cumbria Tourism including independently evaluating marketing programmes and advising on strategic marketing direction. They also transformed a lengthy Tourism Strategy for Cumbria and the Destination Marketing Strategy into punchy documents for stakeholder communication. I have found their approach extremely professional, delivering clear proposals and delivering to brief and on time. They also have the ability to simplify complex projects into manageable plans and recommendations."
Sally Edwards Hart: Operational Manager, Tourism Development & Visitor
Services - Cardiff Council
"The Blue Sail team has a range of complementary skills and experience which have helped us develop a comprehensive new tourism strategy for Cardiff. Everyone has been very open-minded and easy to work with, and we're grateful for their input and support."
Sharon Orrell: Research and Insight Manager - Visit England
"The team from Blue Sail took the time to get a real understanding of the issues we faced, and ran a workshop that was productive, motivating - and highly enjoyable. Throughout the whole process, they were incredibly professional, helpful, and flexible, and I would certainly consider working with them again in the future."
Janita Bagshawe: Head of Museums & Royal Pavilion - Brighton & Hove City Council
"Blue Sail are a very professional team to work with. They have a range of different experience and backgrounds which was very helpful. They kept us informed and discussed the work they were undertaking all away along the process. The final report was well presented and provided us with the basis for making informed decisions about the future management of one of our attractions."
Nick Head: Owner of Ambassador Hotel, Brighton - Chair of Sussex Tourism Partnership
"Amanda and Graham's excellent interpersonal skills and huge understanding of working partnerships across the country - including the need for partners to buy in and have ownership of the working arrangements, from management to agreed priorities and outcomes - enabled the necessary trust and confidence for the final recommendations from Blue Sail to be accepted and a successful efficient working partnership to come into being."
James Waters: Director - Festivals & Events International
"We very much enjoyed working with Blue Sail on the Scotswood Expo Cultural Programme business plan. Their approach to this challenging brief was systematic and effective and they presented information in a clear and approachable format. As well as detailed knowledge Blue Sail are team players and brought a flexible attitude with them which enabled swift responses to a developing brief.