New scheme Rock the Cotswolds releases first 75 names of businesses and individuals that make the Cotswolds cool

Businesses singled out and celebrated for being cool in the Cotswolds

A competition ran in the Standard calling for readers to send in a photo of themselves doing something cool in the Cotswolds to win 2 tickets to the 'party of the year'. Winner was Jon Salmon of Northleach who took this photo over Bourton

Oli Christie is launching Rock the Cotswolds this June

First published in News Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

WHEN people think of the Cotswolds this June they will hopefully no longer picture Roman ruins, tweed suits and hunting dogs thanks to one man's mission to change people's perceptions of the district.

Oli Christie is on a mission to prove that the Cotswolds is a cool place to live and work.

The Cirencester-based CEO of mobile games company Neon Play launched Rock the Cotswolds late last year and called for people to vote for any business or individual they thought 'rocked' the district.

Out of hundreds of nominations, Oli Christie and his team picked a list of the first 75 'rockers' and invited them, as well as many others, to what is being called 'the party of the year' this June.

The prestigious event being held in Gloucester will be celebrating all the exciting businesses and individuals in the area.

While the list of rockers includes Cotswold residents known all over the world such as Kate Moss, Lily Allen and Damien Hurst; it also includes some of the little known quirks of the Cotswolds such as Octavia’s Bookshop, He Says She Waffles and Mango Bikes.

“We want people in London, Birmingham, Bristol, New York, and Shanghai to hear about Rock the Cotswolds,” said Oli.

“We want them to realise how much is going on here. They can move here, get a fantastic job or start a company.”

Oli went on to say that this is merely the first stage of Rock the Cotswolds as a new set of 'rockers' will be announced next year.

To see a full list of the first 75 Cotswold rockers visit rockthecotswolds.com

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8:53am Thu 29 May 14

Olly Cromwell says...

Is this garbage set to replace Scientology?

Let's Rock the Cotswolds by holding a "prestigious" event in, er,... Gloucester

Brilliant
Is this garbage set to replace Scientology? Let's Rock the Cotswolds by holding a "prestigious" event in, er,... Gloucester Brilliant Olly Cromwell
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9:02am Thu 29 May 14

mr fleas says...

I followed the link out of interest.

It appears the idea of "cool" cotswolds is encapsulated in a banner image of a dry stone wall crassly scarred with impromptu-looking graffiti. I realise this is probably a mock photo but the message is still there. Possibly the message is, let's make the Cotswolds more like London, Birmingham, Bristol and NY, places where grafitti is commonplace and acceptable, I wouldn't know not being versed in cool PR. Maybe the CEO simply needs to reconsider his methods.
I followed the link out of interest. It appears the idea of "cool" cotswolds is encapsulated in a banner image of a dry stone wall crassly scarred with impromptu-looking graffiti. I realise this is probably a mock photo but the message is still there. Possibly the message is, let's make the Cotswolds more like London, Birmingham, Bristol and NY, places where grafitti is commonplace and acceptable, I wouldn't know not being versed in cool PR. Maybe the CEO simply needs to reconsider his methods. mr fleas
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4:24pm Thu 29 May 14

dopey1 says...

London, Birmingham, Bristol, NY and ..................Pe
ckham?
London, Birmingham, Bristol, NY and ..................Pe ckham? dopey1
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6:49pm Thu 29 May 14

Cirencester local says...

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? Cirencester local
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7:42pm Thu 29 May 14

Cirencester fan says...

What is wrong with the Cotswolds? Why do they need rocking? We have the most beautiful county in the country and looking at this website it seems people think they can make all those that in their mind don't "rock the cotswolds" look dull and boring! Roman ruins, field sports (and therefore some tweed!) and classic countryside are all much more important and are the heart of the Cotswolds. Let's support the history of our area as well as the future!
What is wrong with the Cotswolds? Why do they need rocking? We have the most beautiful county in the country and looking at this website it seems people think they can make all those that in their mind don't "rock the cotswolds" look dull and boring! Roman ruins, field sports (and therefore some tweed!) and classic countryside are all much more important and are the heart of the Cotswolds. Let's support the history of our area as well as the future! Cirencester fan
  • Score: 2

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