Waltham Abbey Royal Gunpowder Mills…
“Bryn Jones Associates were retained to provide the Waltham Abbey Royal Gunpowder Mills with a report into how it could be more cost effectively managed to increase public access and educational provision. The review addressed our major challenges and produced an outline strategy to deliver a sustainable visitor attraction- which we are implementing.
We found their approach to be collaborative with staff and volunteers and they produced a very practical and viable vision of the potential for the site.”
Chair – Waltham Abbey Royal Gunpowder Mills
Canal & River Trust…
“Bryn Jones Associates have provided consultancy services to the Museums & Attractions at the Canal & River Trust over several years.
More recently in 2020, they completed a comprehensive financial and operational health check at Anderton Boat Lift in Cheshire. This included mystery visits; business plan analysis plus a detailed assessment of the regional market including competitor analysis, market penetration and industry Key Performance Indicators comparisons. They conducted staff interviews across the operation in a very professional manner to gather a real insight into the business.
BJA delivered a detailed set of reports on time and on budget, which has been invaluable in our planning for short term service improvements and longer-term developments.
We look forward to working with BJA again soon.”
Head of Attractions Development, Canal & River Trust
Norfolk Museums Service…
“Bryn Jones Associates were appointed as the consultants to produce the Business Plan & Marketing Plan for our HLF Round 2 submissions for our major Norwich Castle Gateway to Medieval England project (total project c.£13.5m).”
“My colleagues and I found Bryn and his team very good to work with. They were clearly focused on giving us accurate and realistic projections on income and visitor growth based on a thorough and sound analysis of current operations and opportunities. I was always confident that their work was grounded in reality rather than unrealistic aspiration. I was very impressed by both their approach and final report and would have no hesitation in recommending Bryn and his team.”
Dr Robin Hanley
Assistant Head of Museums (Head of Service Delivery), Norfolk Museums Service
London Borough of Lambeth…
“Working with one of the borough’s key heritage and culture organisations, BJA produced a fantastic piece of work for the council and our cultural partner. The work has proved to be tremendously useful, guiding significant change and improvement to our partners’ operating model. The report Bryn and his team produced was thorough, well evidenced, clear and convincing. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Bryn and his team.”
Head of Business, Culture & Investment, London Borough of Lambeth
The Black Cultural Archives…
BJA conducted a business options appraisal, looking at the options in terms of the use of spaces, operating model, costs and income and expenditure projections with each option.
“Working with one of the borough’s key heritage and culture organisations, BJA produced a really insightful piece of work in support of our cultural partner. The work has proved to be tremendously useful, guiding improvement to our partners’ operating model. The report Bryn and his team produced was thorough, well evidenced, clear and convincing. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Bryn and his team.”
Head of Business, Culture & Investment London Borough of Lambeth Council
The Regent Centre, Christchurch…
“We approached Bryn Jones Associates to review our theatre and provide sustainable business options, going forward. Bryn listened to us all, volunteers & staff. His research was thorough, well beyond what I could reasonably have expected.
The options presented were credible for our theatre & his implementation guidance, realistic. He had a difficult timescale to meet, which he did, his guidance on the process was clear and nothing was too much trouble. He has provided us with a clear template not only to support strategic decisions we must now make but to help in both funding applications & business planning – a real bonus.”
(former) Chair, Regent Centre Theatre, Christchurch
The Foundation of Light…
“BJA developed an excellent realistic and robust business plan for the Foundation of Light, providing a clear focus and strategy, which our team could then use as the basis for the operational planning and set up of £20m Beacon of Light sports, events and community venue at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland.
They provided exactly what was needed to persuade our key stake holders to support the project. They also reviewed the Foundation’s operating model and developed a new effective management and staffing structure serving the needs of the new venue and the Trust, which was nimble, flexible, cost effective, and now the Beacon has opened, will enable the Trust to be in a stronger position to continue to meet the needs of our various audiences and customer groups both at the Beacon and throughout the region.
Bryn and Graham brought a sense of realism, while being customer, operationally and commercially focused and they were always excellent and fun to work with and produced high quality work on time.”
Sir Bob Murray
Former Chairman of Sunderland FC, Chairman, The Foundation of Light (Sunderland FC charity)
The Museum of London Group…
“The front of house review by BJA was carried out due to a recognised need to modernise the customer experience and move the focus of the front-of-house away from invigilation and a passive presence on the galleries to active interaction with the visitors and the development of a dynamic visitor experience driven by the front-of-house staff.”
“We achieved a total change in staffing (all managers and staff were replaced), a total re-write of the operating procedures, the introduction of interactive programmes led by the new Hosts (such as Archaeology in Action, guided tours, Objects in Focus), an increase in donation income, improvements in reviews of the Museum experience, a reduction in staff costs of around 30%, a more flexible workforce, the removal of embedded terms and conditions and old-fashioned practices etc.”
Former Director of Human Resources Museum of London Group
Brighton Museums & the Royal Pavilion…
“BJA have been working with the Royal Pavilion and Museums for fifteen months. The firm initially undertook a very detailed mystery shopper exercise as part of a review that was being undertaken into our retail service. The findings of the mystery shopper exercise were in part the catalyst for undertaking a major front of house review. Currently they are working with us on drawing up customer service standards and also supporting the front of house management team in improving staff management and communication.
“BJA are a delight to work with, they carry out all their tasks in a highly professional manner. The experience that they bring from the museums and leisure sector has had an important bearing on how they conduct the review and the respect that The Royal Pavilion and Museums Management team had for their findings and recommendations. Reports produced have been of a high calibre and are well written and presented. Deadlines are always met and excellent communication with the commissioners of the work has been maintained throughout the review. As part of the work they undertook they conducted interviews with staff, undertook site visits and also workshops. In all of this thorough preparation was very evident. We would be happy to recommend BJA for carrying out any similar work with museums, leisure and visitor attractions.”
Head of Brighton Museums and Director of The Royal Pavilion
The Orbit, London Olympic Park…
“As a new attraction the partnership with Bryn Jones Associates in our first two years of operation has been invaluable. BJA placed one of their Senior Associates in-house to lead the management team through a critical period.
During their time working with us we have, with their support, completed a successful restructure, cut expenditure and seen increases in revenue and footfall.”
Regional Account Director
The Orbit, London Olympic Park
Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums…
“Bryn worked with Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums leading on the development and introduction of a new customer service programme and development of customer service standards.
His deep knowledge of museums and of customer service contributed greatly to the success of the programme and his attention to detail and commitment to the job made it a pleasure to work with him.”
Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
The Postal Museum…
“Helping with our business planning for events. Michelle was very thorough and always met deadlines set.
It’s been invaluable having the breadth of information she has compiled for us to help when making future business decisions.”
The Postal Museum
Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery Trust…
“Bryn Jones and his team helped the Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery Trust develop a robust and credible business plan, sorting the important from the unimportant, and providing us with exactly what we needed to persuade key stake-holders to support the project.
They delivered high quality work to time, in a collaborative and constructive fashion.
We were very grateful.”
Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles
Chair, Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery Trust, Ealing, West London
“I just wanted to drop you a line to say a huge thank you for all of your work over the last six months. It has been a great pleasure to work with and get to know you and your input has been invaluable. The wealth of experience you have along with your passion for tourism and heritage and meticulous attention to detail is remarkable and has given us a very clear direction for the future.”
“I am sure that I do not need to tell you that the work you have done for us far exceeds that which was promised and I know you have gone much further than the extra mile.”
“I really am very grateful and would not hesitate to recommend you to any other visitor attraction, I am certain that we will use your service again.”
Hon Tom Orde-Powlett
Owner, Bolton Castle