ECN has won membership of a prestigious international body working to create vibrant and thriving communities worldwide.
Our not-for-profit group has been recognised as an Approved Partner of the Institute of Place Management (IPM) for our commitment to improving life in Chipping Norton.
The formal certificate was handed over to ECN Chairman Shaun Fagan on 7 November this year – honouring excellence in a range of initiatives regarding business, tourism, heritage and community in Chipping Norton.
IPM granted Approved Partner status in recognition of ECN’s “commitment to making better places and to the progression of the place management industry.”
The organisation believes that our volunteer team has achieved “the highest standard of professional performance as detailed in the Institute’s code of conduct.”
ECN retains this status for a 12-month period. During this time, we hope to see a raft of new plans and ventures coming to fruition.
The role of the Institute of Place Management
The Institute of Place Management, formed in 2006, is an international professional body which helps people build and manage stronger, more resilient and creative communities.
The body works with policy makers and providers to identify the skills needed, provide training and support to practitioners, and develop new ways to help towns and cities thrive in more competitive and challenging times.
Inspired by Manchester Metropolitan University and the Association of Town Centre Management in the UK, IPM works in the areas of technology, networking, planning, design, regeneration and community development.
As an Approved Partner, the profile of ECN and Chipping Norton will enjoy a real boost as well as access to the latest research, networking and educational opportunities, and breakthroughs in policy-making.
Why ECN won this accolade
Collaboration is essential in every healthy community, and ECN works by involving and integrating every aspect of Chippy resident and business life.
We work to advance business prosperity, welcome visitors to our town and include local schools, charities and associations in a holistic model which works to the benefit of everyone.
IPM has recognised our innovative approach which unifies business, tourism, heritage and community interests via an extensive digital platform – revamped website, multiple social media channels, tour apps, virtual photography and scheduled free wi-fi for Chippy town centre.
The body has also acknowledged the work and ingenuity which propelled Chippy into the finals of the Great British High Street Awards 2015 and scored our Chairman, Shaun Fagan, a Special Recognition Award for his “outstanding contribution” to the high street.
Fingers are crossed for Chippy – this year’s finalist – to go one better and take out the Small Market Town category in the 2016 #GBHighSt awards, with winners announced on December 12.
The last word
Shaun says he is proud to lead the ECN team, thanking ECN members and volunteers for their hard work and dedication.
According to Shaun: “This is a terrific honour for ECN and we regard our progress so far as just the beginning.
“Our town has the potential to do great things. With the support of our business and residents, we can achieve so much over the next 12 months and beyond.
“Let’s show the IPM we are truly worthy of this accolade by pulling together. We want to help business prosper in new ways, attract more visitors to enjoy Chippy’s many highlights and include every member of our community in our success – so no-one is left behind.”