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HSBC and Twycross Zoo

Final negotiations were completed a little while back, and, we are happy to say, the first tranche of this funding (£1.2 million in all) has now been safely received by Twycross.

National Zoological Society of Wales at Colwyn Bay

We began assisting in the completion of a £3.5 million funding capital development package towards the start of this year. This initiative involves an FE partner and potentially 2 leading universities. Amongst other aims the new exhibit looks to draw young people into science, and we are specifically considering using tropical species to illustrate fascinating science around optics and bio-photonics.  Zoological Director Nick Jackson said: "We are very pleased to be working with John Regan Associates. It is early days in terms of grant applications, but already John Regan's dynamic approach is creating a positive build-up of support for what will be our biggest development yet."

Professor Lord Robert Winston becomes Patron of Marwell Project:

James Cretney and JR met recently with Professor Lord Robert Winston of Imperial College.  Lord Winston, who is a prominent public advocate of science engagement, kindly agreed to associate his name with Marwell’s ambitions in terms of exhibits that promote interest in science.

Meet the team:

Neil Kemsley is working increasingly with JRA. Neil has spent much of his career as an economist with the Bank of England. Learn more about Neil on our site.


 John will be at the BIAZA ACE Conference if anyone would like to grab him!

Workshop for Wroclaw Zoo, Poland

John Regan recently visited Wroclaw ( …pronounced “Vrotswaf”,  if you are interested!)to sit around the table with Director Dr Radoslaw Ratajszczak and his team to look at ways of enhancing external funding potential  for the proposed €40 million Oceanarium project there and other Wroclaw zoo aspirations.  JRA provided a full 32 page report detailing a number of further potential funding agenda within Poland, some specialist techniques for obtaining sponsorship,  how to set up a development advisory board, an analysis of US foundations that might support the project and an audit of high net worth Polish individuals, and other crucial information.  Dr Ratajszczak pronounced himself very pleased with the exercise and that is had opened his eyes to all sorts of new possibilities.

What is an Economic Impact Analysis and why might I want one?
New article on our website details the nature and value of this exercise. Follow this link:

Skansen, Stockholm wins €4 million sponsorship from KSA
Subsequent to a JRA workshop there, Skansen’s childrens zoo secured the largest single source sponsorship ever for a Swedish cultural organisation. A full interview with Tomas Andersen follows in next issue.
£50,000 grant for Asity Madagascar
It was very satisfying to identify and help secure these funds from a UK based foundation to develop the work of Asity Madagascar in association with EAZA around the Tsitongambarika rainforest.


Funding opportunities:
Check out the blog on our website regularly for new calls and other funding opportunities of interest to zoos, aquariums, botanic gardens and wildlife venues. Or just ring us up?  There is no charge for informal advice (… and anyway we will be nosy as to what are you are up to!)

In next issue:
  • JRA’s work with Bayworld Aquarium Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • JRA starts work with Zoological Society of London to grow the ZSL Development Board
  • Full Skansen, Stockholm interview on how they won their €4 million sponsorship
  • Our support for Sharpe’s Children Foundation, set up by actors from the TV series Sharpe
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