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2017 AGM report - Culture update

Stoke-on-Trent named as UK City of Culture 2021 finalist

Hurrah - we did it! Stoke-on-Trent has made the shortlist to become UK City of Culture 2021.
This is absolutely fantastic news for the city as we are one step closer to scooping the title.

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Stoke-on-Trent City of Culture 2021 bid

Get Behind the Bid

Stoke-on-Trent is competing with a dozen other cities around the United Kingdom to be named the UK City of Culture in 2021. Get involved, share your perspective on culture and inspire others to get behind the bid!

We’re a proud people, across six towns and one city, built on a history of industrial greatness and we’re seeing a resurgence of all things that made this place great. We want to capitalise on the opportunities that UK City of Culture 2021 would bring to the city to propel Stoke-on-Trent forward. 

Burslem and its people will play a major part in this bid, and the Burslem Regeneration Trust is fully behind the bid to help make Stoke-on-Trent as UK City of Culture 2021 a reality.

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Successes in Burslem

Fierce local pride has ensured that a number of committed individuals, groups, businesses and elected representatives have kept their faith in their determination that Burslem would reinvent itself for the future as a place of quality for people to live , work and visit.  These successes include:

  • the rescue and regeneration of the Middleport Pottery by a joint venture between the Princes Regeneration Trust and Denby Ware - now venue to BBC’s Great Pottery Throwdown and  location for SMEs boosting entrepreneurship and art and craft related small industries,
  • major expansion and investment at Steelite International,
  • consolidation of Titanic Brewery in Burslem and  continuing success of Bulls Head,
  • success and job creation at Autonet Insurance,
  • the decision by Synectics Solutions  to relocate to Burslem, 
  • the Queens Award for community services at Swan Bank Mission,
  • Ladsandads covering Trubshaw cross,
  • opening of coffee lounge at Swan Bank and enhanced voluntary offer including community library, social care, homelessness support and food bank,
  • the creation of the Haywood Sixth Form College at The Old Town Hall, pioneering work based learning and apprenticeships and the phase 2 at  Burslem School of Art whilst retaining community use at both venues,
  • the continuation of the work of the Burslem School of Art trust,
  • the survival from administration of Port Vale Football Club   and creation of a Port Vale Community Foundation,
  • continued  presence in the square of historic Royal Stafford Tableware and a visitor outlet shop,
  • a thriving night time economy in Burslem of local pubs and eating places including the recent opening of an Italian restaurant and the Market Place café serving the new student clientele,
  • the leading role and extension of Barewall Gallery promoting art and local culture and boosting interest in local artists e.g. Geoffrey Wynne and the late Arthur Berry
  • numerous small businesses committing to Burslem e.g. Hobbygoblin,
  • a huge variety of voluntary organisations including the Volunteers in Burslem Park enhancing the role of the historic Victorian park for local recreation, the Root and Fruit Project and Community Allotment involving local people in food related projects,
  • numerous residents groups and local societies such as Middleport Matters seeking to connect local residents with the town and Burslem History Society with programmed events
  • the Arnold Bennet Society keeping alive the work of Burslem’s most cherished author
  • the inspirational Our Burslem which is a community social media based forum promoting, orchestrating and delivering successful festivals and events in the town,
  • investment in the local canal network by the Canal Regeneration trust,
  • the appointment of a Town Crier


Roadmap for localising Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The Sustainable Development Goals are a UN Initiative. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), officially known as transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a set of seventeen aspirational "Global Goals" with 169 targets between them.

Localization relates both to how local and regional governments can support the achievement of the SDGs through action from the bottom up and to how the SDGs can provide a framework for local development policy.

Why does localizing matter?

While the SDGs are global, their achievement will depend on our ability to make them a reality in our cities and regions. All of the SDGs have targets directly related to the responsibilities of local and regional governments, particularly to their role in delivering basic services. That’s why local and regional governments must be at the heart of the 2030 Agenda

The intention of the Burslem Regeneration Trust is to coordinate activities with local government and our partners to help to achieve these goals within our own Burslem community.

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