Vision Buxton is a membership organisation which brings together local businesses, community groups and individuals who are all passionate about making Buxton an even better place to live, work and play. Vision Buxton is a company registered in England (No. 4309544) (Limited by Guarantee). The board of directors is comprised of individuals from different sectors of business and the community.

Our organisation plays an important role within the community and the commercial life of our town.  We have strong links with key stakeholders in Buxton and are frequently invited by High Peak Borough Council to offer a view on new proposals affecting the town.

We recognise the huge importance of marketing Buxton to visitors and in helping tourists to enjoy their time in the town.  We do much to promote the town ourselves and we also co-operate closely with others in this vital work.

We hold bi-monthly members’ meetings at which members can hear reports from High Peak Borough Council, the local police force and Buxton Town Team and discuss what is happening in the town.  Each members’ meeting is followed by a time of networking to give members opportunities to promote their business or organisation.  View the Events Diary. Members can also offer discounts on their goods and services to other members. View Members’ Offers

Members are kept informed of what’s going on primarily through monthly e-newsletters but also through emails, this website and Twitter. We organise social and other special events for our members including tours of local buildings such as the Opera House and the Crescent.

Our Initiatives

Marketing Buxton

We own and manage the highly popular website www.VisitBuxton.co.uk We encourage all tourism related businesses to have a listing on this site free of charge.  (Members of Vision Buxton are entitled to an enhanced ‘Gold’ (i.e. premier) listing.)   We also publish the annual official town guide which continues to increase both in content and circulation.  In 2016 75,000 copies of this guide were printed for free distribution to visitors and potential visitors to the town.  With the financial support of HPBC we produced the Buxton Marketing Toolkit. All tools are available for use by any business or organisation in Buxton free of charge.  Vision Buxton is often the first port of call for journalists who want to be put in touch with local businesses.

Consultation

Many of the key stakeholders in the town are members of Vision Buxton and we also have strong links with organisations such as Buxton Town Team.  We are often asked to feedback the views of our members and Vision Buxton is frequently involved in stakeholder groups for important projects (e.g. The Crescent and Hardwick Hall). We also work hard to find out what people in Buxton think about the town at events such as the Spring Fair.

In 2017, Vision Buxton organised a Feasibility study to find out if businesses in Buxton are interested in being part of a Business Improvement District (BID). BIDs experts talked to retailers and other businesses to see if they are prepared to make an investment based on a small part of their business rates to be spent on a range of improvements for Buxton. There will be more information on this soon.

Supporting local businesses and organisations

Vision Buxton’s members’ meetings are a great opportunity for businesses and organisations to learn about Town projects and network with each other. In recent meetings we have had brief presentations about specific projects and upcoming events such as the Buxton Crescent and Thermal Spa Trust, Zink Employability, Buxton Civic Association Spaces and Places project and Buxton Markets.  Each members’ meeting is followed by an opportunity to network with other attendees.  Non-members are welcome to attend a meeting before deciding whether to join us.

Some of the directors are members of Vision Buxton’s two committees – Membership and Marketing – which regularly report back to the Board. The Membership committee deals with all aspects of membership including marketing the organisation to non-members and organising events for members. The Marketing committee works to promote Buxton to tourists. Amongst other things, it is responsible for both the increasingly popular Visit Buxton website (www.VisitBuxton.co.uk) and for producing the superb annual town guide.