About

Why do we need to Rock the Cotswolds?

Oh yes, these Cotswold Hills roll gloriously over the British countryside and beautiful honey-coloured sit in picture-postcard villages. Tourists love our Roman history and we appreciate loads of jolly folk enjoying the finest festivals.

These are well-loved images of the Cotswolds…however what you might not appreciate is just HOW HOT the Cotswolds is.

There are companies here creating, designing and selling in some of the most exciting global industries. There are hotels and restaurants that would make London blush. There are fashion labels that rock the world. And global superstars in every sector who call the Cotswolds home.

Our award-winning campaign is shaking things up a bit. Challenging conventions. Opening eyes to make everyone realise that the Cotswolds is the best place in the UK to live and work with some of the most creative, clever and brilliant people around.

How Did It Come About?

Back in 2010, Oli Christie founded mobile games development business Neon Play. He lived near Cirencester, so it made sense to have Neon Play’s HQ in the town. There was one problem though – Cirencester has traditionally been a hotbed of red-trousers (among other great things) and not really a celebrated centre of technical talent.

What Happened Next?

But Oli believed that if you create a strong culture and have some early success, people would move to the area. And luckily that happened.

CV Or Not CV?

However, we do know that Neon Play doesn’t get as many CVs as they could from people living in London and other cities because they think the Cotswolds is a bit sleepy and not the sort of place they might want to progress their career.

Our Cunning Plan…

So this got Oli thinking. We needed to change the perceptions of the Cotswolds as a place full of pretty villages, bus loads of tourists, Roman villas and tweedy types at the Racecourse.

He got in touch with Business Editor Nicky Godding and between them Rock the Cotswolds was launched.  Melissa Ormiston, with an events and marketing background, joined a few months later fresh from London and delighted to see life beyond the big smoke.

Mass Support

Hundreds of people across Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, inundated us with an incredible selection of companies, people, places to eat, drink and shop.

And The Winner Is…

Our team went through every nominee and selected the first 75 to represent the first Rock the Cotswolds hotlist. And from then on we are announcing five new Rockers each month. From every corner of Gloucestershire and West Oxfordshire, we are unearthing a cool and diverse list of things that are rocking the Cotswolds.

Events And Initiatives

In order to show how much talent lies in the Cotswolds, we host a variety of events and run various initiatives to show that the Cotswolds is THE best area to live and work.

Spread The Good News

And we want everyone to spread the word further afield than just the Cotswolds. We want people in London, Birmingham, Bristol, New York, Shanghai, Moscow and Timbuktu, to hear about Rock the Cotswolds and visit this site. We want them to realise how much is going on. They can move here, get a fantastic job or even start a company.

Every Little Helps

So please support us as it will take a groundswell of positive vibes, social networking, word of mouth chit-chat and to keep this going.

It’s a not-for-profit, teeny tiny team of three with day jobs who are doing this because we’re passionate about the area and its potential over anywhere else in the world.

Last Paragraph

Follow us on Twitter and share the good news. And big ol’ thanks if you’re still reading this far down. Better get on and do something useful, like nominate someone you know…?

Nicky, Oli and Melissa winning Gloucestershire Business Awards’ ‘Best Marketing Campaign

Our rockin' team

Melissa Ormiston

Melissa Ormiston

Over 25 years’ experience in event management and marketing in the UK and abroad in the consumer, corporate and not-for-profit sectors.

Melissa also writes and edits having worked with national, trade and consumer publications and has looked after chefs such as Giorgio Locatelli and authors including Terry Pratchett…whose carpet she once accidentally covered in coffee.  He took it very well.

Oli Christie

Oli Christie

Founder and CEO of mobile games studio Neon Play, recently acquired by Hachette UK, the second biggest book publisher in the UK.

The company, winner of many accolades including The Queens Award for Enterprise, has had 160 million downloads and 20 of its games have achieved over 1 million downloads each. Hits include Roller Splat (55m), Idle Tap Strongman (8m) and Soccer Kick (25m).

Nicky Godding

Nicky Godding

Co-owner and Editor in Chief at NK Media Ltd, which publishes Business & Innovation Magazine, the fast-growing, editorially-led regional business magazine.

Before launching NK Media in 2017, Nicky was a freelance journalist and PR consultant specialising in international retail.