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Oakmere Solutions celebrates 10 successful years in boosting the heritage sector

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce member and heritage sector consultancy, Oakmere Solutions Ltd., is celebrating its tenth anniversary this month. The company, which provides a range of services primarily but not exclusively to the heritage sector, was formed by directors Dr Peter Funnell and Dr Sharon Goddard in May 2009 to support the growth in heritage related developments across the UK.


"Our aim was, and remains to ensure that the UK's outstanding heritage whether historic buildings, natural or park landscapes, museums, archives or intangible heritage such as oral histories and stories, are protected and made available to people and communities in interesting, enjoyable and sustainable ways", said Dr Peter Funnell, a past president of the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce.


A recent Centre for Economic and Business Research (Cebr) report for Historic England showed that England's heritage sector had an estimated aggregate Gross Value Added (GVA) impact of £29 billion in 2016 and an aggregate employment impact of approximately 458,640 jobs. Commenting on the report Dr Peter Funnell said: "We are pleased that Oakmere Solutions Ltd has played a part in supporting this large, diverse and growing market sector."


Over the ten years, Oakmere Solutions has been privileged to work with a wide variety of heritage organisations. From major national bodies such as the RSPB, the National Trust, Historic Royal Palaces and English Heritage, to smaller more locally organisations. For example, Oakmere Solutions has supported diverse projects in Suffolk and Norfolk including: cataloguing the extensive memorabilia and trophies at Ipswich Town FC; revealing the history of the Suffolk Punch through archive work with the Suffolk Horse Society; undertaking activity planning for Britten 100, a major project to increase learning and engagement with the heritage legacy of Benjamin Britten in Aldeburgh.


Many of these projects have been financially supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Oakmere Solutions has worked closely with the Heritage Fund both to support clients apply for funding and ensure that funding is effectively used through business planning and project evaluation. Oakmere Directors also work directly for the Heritage Fund as project mentors and through undertaking and disseminating primary research.


"Our unique heritage is a major factor in the success of the UK's thriving tourism industry. Heritage helps us define ourselves and the places we live and visit. It provides jobs and a wide spectrum of volunteering opportunities which impact positively on people and communities. Our heritage is something to celebrate and we are delighted to have contributed to its sustainability over the past decade", said Dr Sharon Goddard.


Oakmere Solutions is currently working on new initiatives and projects across the UK.


For further information please contact: Dr Peter Funnell, Director Oakmere Solutions Ltd.; E: or visit:

Article by Suffolk Chamber