Published on 01 January 2004
16 December 2003
Pulse has been jointly awarded a contract to review the options for diversification and income generation for the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Forum. To be delivered with the Development Trust Association, the work will consider how the Forum can best develop its revenue base to ensure its financial sustainability, as well considering the long-term future accommodation needs of the Forum.
05 December 2003
Pulse has been awarded a contract to deliver a business plan for Clayton Community Farm in East Manchester. Funded by New East Manchester NDC, the plan will analyse prospects for the future of the Farm in its proposed new location of Philips Park in the heart of East Manchester, including issues of sustainability, strategy and plans, marketing, financial strategies and funding sources.
02 December 2003
Pulse Managing Director Chris Hart was invited to give two workshop presentations to the CEDAR conference on "Creating Enterprising Communities" organised by CEDAR (a partnership between East Staffordshire Borough Council and Community Action and Support East Staffordshire). Focusing on the importance of planning for social economy and community-based organisations, and entitled "Social enterprise and the importance of business planning", the workshops focused not just on the role of business planning, but more significantly on the issues that good business plans should address, and the value of planning to the sector. Pulse was pleased to participate in this important event that attracted close on 100 delegates, as part of our desire to contribute to the communities in which we operate.
24 October 2003
Pulse has been awarded the contract to develop detailed guidelines for asset transfer in Bristol. To be delivered with Urban Strategy Associates, the contract is intended to create a framework for future asset transfer activity between the City Council and the large and expanding regeneration sector in Bristol: it will also involve researching and developing models of best practice in this area, and underpin the role of Bristol City Council in supporting and helping to expand the social enterprise sector in the city.
24 September 2003
Pulse has been awarded a contract to evaluate the Feasibility and Development Project run by Newcastle New Deal for Communities. A scheme developed to test project ideas and indicate the levels of long-term viability and sustainability, the project is part of the ten-year New Deal for Communities programme in Newcastle that aims to reduce the gap between the NDC area and the rest of the city. The contract also requires an analysis of forward strategy for the project.
22 August 2003
Pulse has won a contract to evaluate the POPIN scheme on behalf of Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council. POPIN ("Promoting Older People's Independence Network") has been working with local older people over the last couple of years, offering a range of services to help ensure that older people can live independent lives in their own homes, in safety, comfort and security. It also exists to signpost clients to a wide range of services available from statutory and voluntary agencies, and make it easier for older people to access support as they need it. The evaluation will analyse its performance to date.
1 August 2003
Pulse delivered a keynote address to trainee community consultants in Wolverhampton, as part of our desire to put something back into communities where we work. Run by ASAN and the Tara Network, the SRB6-funded pilot programme was launched with a view to training local people to develop the skills to become active consultants in their communities, and thereby contribute to more locally-driven regeneration. The launch event was attended by a large number of trainee consultants and local agencies, and the programme includes attendance at modules at Wolverhampton University and practical work-based experience.
7 July 2003
Pulse has created and formatted presentational documents for Bucknall Austin, for a bid for a major infrastructural project, to be submitted to a regional development agency. The documents were created on professional publication software, and the design process included the creation of a template, varied designs for the documents, and the inclusion of images and text. Laser colour-printed, this work adds to the growing Pulse portfolio of clients for our creative media services for the regeneration and social enterprise sectors, offering a range of marketing products including event management, multimedia design, and promotional and presentational publications.
02 July 2003
Pulse has been asked to deliver the keynote speech at a forthcoming conference in Wolverhampton on 1st August 2003. Organised by All Saints Action Network and TARA Network, the event aims to offer new community consultants an insight into how to become an effective community representative. As part of Pulse's commitment to contribute to the communities in which we work, Pulse has also offered free advice to community consultants in Wolverhampton currently conducting a public consultation exercise on a five-storey canalside community building housing lecture and conference space, training rooms, retail outlets, residential flats, cafe and a creche.
03 June 2003
Recent graduate Nicola Gould has joined the expanding Liverpool office of Pulse: with a degree in Architecture from the University of Liverpool (2000-2003), Nicola already has practical experience of primary market research and producing detailed feasibility studies (analysing whether a disused freight train line in Wirral could be profitably brought back into use, for instance). She has joined the company as Assistant Regeneration Consultant, and has a thorough knowledge of the policies and practices of regeneration.
02 July 2003
Pulse is continuing to help deliver a major NRF-funded capacity-building and marketing programme for the Lauries Centre Committee in Birkenhead. The Committee, who have driven the development of a new £3m centre in the heart of Birkenhead, have been analysing a range of issues related to property management, and social enterprise development, and Pulse are also helping to mentor the Committee through the development and completion of the Centre. The marketing activity has involved delivery of a new website, and a full corporate identity. One other element was the delivery of event management and multimedia content services for the official launch of the Lauries Centre, attended by local politicians (including Frank Field MP), supporters and partners.
21 May 2003
Pulse will be assisting a community group in Wolverhampton to take plans for a new community centre to the next stage of its development. Involving detailed design work, identification of potential end-users and sources of funding, moving towards a full business plan for the centre. The centre will be located on the site of an ex-primary school, and is intended to help regenerate the area through community-based services and provision.
14 May 2003
Pulse is currently undertaking a public consultation exercise in Egremont on the Wirral for New Wallasey Regeneration and Wirral Waterfront Initiative, aimed at assessing public opinion on a broad range of options for the redevelopment and regeneration of Egremont. Utilising a range of consultative methods, the study is designed to help development and planning agencies to decide how best to take forward models of redevelopment of Egremont in a strategic manner that will command public support and generate public interest.
7 May 2003
Pulse has fought off stiff competition to win a contract providing Business Planning, European Funding and Capacity Building work for a community organisation based in Wirral. Involving the establishment of a development trust and a 12 week training programme designed to meet the needs of local residents and key stakeholders, the project will lead towards the development of a new £3m centre providing a range of local services including accommodation for Sure Start, a new nursery, library, learning resource centre in conjunction with Wirral Metropolitan College and a home for the new North Birkenhead Neighbourhood Trust who will develop new community enterprises such as a community café facility. The project is supported by Wirral Waterfront Initiative, and the contract is expected to take approximately six months to complete.
30 April 2003
Pulse Regeneration has successfully secured a contract to deliver external evaluation on a transnational vocational European-funded programme for Knowsley MBC, for the Planning Inclusion of Clients through e-Technology (PICT) programme. It focuses on the need to develop communication models that increase the capacity of community residents to actively shape and develop ownership of plans and models of town planning and redevelopment drawn up by council officials and other professional officers. The intention is to generate more inclusive and balanced forms of communication between residents and other community stakeholders, and those charged with developing and delivering regeneration.
The project involves several pilot case studies within communities in England, Hungary and Greece, and will run until October 2005: it focuses on the programme activities within those pilot studies, and a rolling evaluation of the functionality and success of the overall programme.
28 April 2003
Pulse has appointed Rex Nash as Regeneration Consultant. Rex joins to assist with our work in delivering social enterprise, our expanding media and event management services designed for the sector, and our work in delivering development and business planning strategies for social enterprises and development trusts. He has many years practical experience of the sector, having served as a Community Director at the Eldonian Group in Liverpool since 2000. His work experience includes years in both public and private sector, with a strong emphasis on project inception, delivery and management, and a background in the education sector.
12 February 2003
Pulse Regeneration wins Foxhill Sports Club Tender fighting off steep competition. The work, which will involve the development of a business plan and funding applications for a new all weather sports pitch, will provide much needed facilities for local people adjoining Foxhill School and the nearby Foxhill & District Community Association.
31 January 2003
Pulse Regeneration has been selected to be on the WDA’s register of regeneration consultants having been successfully assessed for inclusion by the Wales Quality Centre. It is hoped that this will enable the expansion of the company’s client base into the North Wales area.
24 January 2003
Pulse Regeneration has succeeded in assisting Preston YMCA to secure both SRB, LSC and ERDF funding in support of its plans to develop the Wysemove Project, a youth homeless initiative seeking to break down barriers to employment. A new Centre in Albyn Bank Road, Preston is due to open in the Spring.
20 January 2003
David Waterfall has been appointed Regeneration Consultant at Pulse Regeneration’s Liverpool office. He will be responsible for its regeneration and strategic development projects within the social enterprise and wider regeneration sectors.
9 January 2003
Pulse is reaching the final stages of a capacity building course delivered with associate consultant Les Bellmon. The course which is being delivered over 12 weeks will provide the Lauries Project Committee with the skills they will need to manage a new £2.5m building containing community facilities and offices in the centre of Birkenhead.
Mike Parkinson Chair of the Lauries said “we are extremely grateful to Pulse for the Capacity Building course which has been designed to meet our specific requirements. Pulse has certainly gone the extra mile in terms helping our committee“. The next stage will involve Pulse in the delivery of a business plan in support of funding applications to Wirral Waterfront SRB and Europe.
6 January 2003
Pulse Regeneration launches its new corporate brochure. The brochure, which contains details about the company’s approach towards regeneration and the services on offer is available on request by going to the feedback section of this website.
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