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RECAP: Access for All award

23rd September 2015

Categories: NETA - news

Award: Access for All

Winner: Sage Gateshead

Sage Gateshead is called a ‘North East home for music and music discovery’ for a reason. It offers both performance and participation projects in which they enable everyone of every age or ability to become involved in music.

Since opening in 2004 they managed to provide music-making sessions to over a million people in more than 1,000 places across North East England, reaching another million learners throughout the country.

It was created with with several goals in mind. One of them was to be a world class music performance venue, a leader in musical education, and world class business tourism. However, the mission of Sage Gateshead has always been focused on community access and involvement.

Its facilities have also developed into a tourism destination for a wide range of people from the local, national, and even international community. They were specially designed to the highest standard with all fixtures brought together to allow easy and stress free movement and usage.

All these features make it easy to understand why they won the Access for All Award at last year’s North East Tourism Awards.

Therefore, Inspired by their success, we decided to ask them a few questions about why they entered and how it has affected their business.

Why did you enter the North East England Tourism Awards 2014?

We have been regular entrants into the North East Tourism Awards, going right back to when One North East was in existence. We have won the Gold award for Access for All multiple times and like to continue to push ourselves to improve on our product and services for all visitors.

What did it feel like to win?

It was great to win. The work that goes into running a venue like Sage Gateshead is extensive, and to win gold in this particular category multiple times is extra special, because accessibility so important to people and can greatly impact on their lives.

What impact has it had on your business?

It is difficult to measure the impact of winning the award itself, as there are so many other variables influencing our potential customer base, however the process of application gives us an excellent annual opportunity to reflect on where we are and how we can continue to improve further.

In your opinion, how important are the North East England Tourism Awards?

I think it is important to people in the industry to have this sort of event, but I’m not sure that the general public in the region are particularly aware of the awards.

Why do you think other businesses should apply?

The great thing about the awards is that it gives us an opportunity to celebrate our collective efforts, learn from each other and improve the region as a whole. The more businesses applying means that there is more competition, and more improvements made- the real winners of the North East Tourism Awards is the public benefitting from the improvements.

Will you entering again this year?

Yes.

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