The Tythe Barn, Launton

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by The Tythe Barn, Launton's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from The Tythe Barn, Launton is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

www.thetythebarn.co.uk

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of video content also allows us to offer
the purchase and delivery of our films
to customers directly via our website,
for private and educational use, public
screenings and community events. The
costly challenge we face is to produce
good-quality digital copies of the older
content in our library, which goes
back 25 years and is still largely stored
ontape.
The market is going to become
increasingly digitally focused, but
challenges remain. Two years ago,
iTunes constituted 80 per cent of our
digital market, and today they are less
than ten per cent. Similarly, Netflix
was our biggest single customer two
years ago, yet as they increasingly
focus on producing original content,
we’ve seen a drop in their acquisitions.
It is essential that we stay vigilant in
the marketplace and remain on top of
every development that happens, such
as Apple opening up their applications
to be used on non-Apple products
or Google revamping their video-on-
demand platforms.
We are not significantly affected
by Ofcom or similar regulators, as
currently the regulatory world is not
very concerned about high-quality
documentaries or current affairs
programmes. We were concerned,
however, when Ofcom began to
look at companies like us for licence
fees, treating us as if we were
a broadcaster. A governmental
discussion followed, which recognised
the growth of the digital community,
and for a few years we had to pay
a few thousand pounds a year.
Despite this, the fees were never too
burdensome and are understandable,
as the marginal sector we are involved
in is still being formed.
As we look forward, we are
endeavouring to expand our audience
base to reach the public further
afield and those outside of our core
market. This involves various issues,
including language localisation of our
content, international regulations and
a shrinking, unpredictable broadcast
market as TV broadcasters find a place
alongside the VOD phenomenon. We
have already seen impressive growth
in territories further afield, especially
China, yet we only currently access
about ten per cent of our potential
global market. Our future growth is
going to be defined by how we target
the remaining 90 per cent.
We have
already seen
impressive
growth in
territories
further afield
Journeyman Pictures’
YouTube channel
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Director Emma Deeley
Historically, the barn was used as
the lambing barn and cattle shelter
The Tythe Barn is set on a workingfarm in Oxfordshire that
has embraced the wedding industry since 1998. Weddings
now make up 90 per cent of the business and while the
barn does also host corporate events, it is as a wedding venue
that it has become mostwell known. When Will and Emma
Deeley saw that the farm was facing a difficult future, they
noticed the potential of the location as a venue. Following a
series of renovations, the business has grown quickly. Emma tells
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more about how this was all possible.
The company was founded 20 years ago when werecognisedthat the barn
was becoming increasingly redundant initsrole as a lambing barn on the family
farm.Following a careful restoration, the impromptu wedding of Will’s older
brother Peter in the barn set the path for a future wedding venue.Will and I met at
university in 1988, and with our combined creative vision, passion for style and eye
for detail, we have been able to take the business from strength to strength.
Historically, The Tythe Barn was used as the lambing barn and cattle shelter for the
Deeley family farm, which has been owned by Will’s family for over 500 years.Will
grew up working on the farm and has always been passionate about his roots,
and so rural diversification, from lambing barn to venue, seemed a natural step,
particularly given our central location and easy access to transport links – our clients
come from all over the country and abroad.
Our pricing structure places us at the higher end of the wedding venue category and
this was an intentional move as well as a necessary and practical one. We are acutely
aware that our role is to understand, support and connect with all of our couples,
FACTS ABOUT
THE TYTHE BARN, LAUNTON
»Director: Emma Deeley
»Founded in 1998
»Based in Launton, Oxfordshire
»Services: Wedding venue,
corporate events and private
party hire
»No. of employees: 23
The Tythe Barn,
Launton
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and we go to great lengths to ensure
our couples feel welcome, looked after
and part of our smallfamily.
Level of service
We are obsessed with attention to
detail in all aspects of our business and
this passion and drive help to keep us
delivering both ahigh-qualityproduct
and an informed and professional
service. Feedback from our couples is
fundamental to our continued success
and every couple is sent a form to fill in,
which asks them to rate various aspects
of their wedding day with us,including
the planning and preparation before the
day and the level of service during and
after the event. Questions about the
suppliers they have used also help us to
stay informed as to the performance of
various suppliers, be they regular ornew.
A wedding and events venue is a
demandingbusiness, frequently with
commitments all week long as well
as all weekend – we have a full office
during the week with some evening
and weekend show-rounds, and we
usually have at least two weddings
every weekend. We pop in on the
bride and groom in the evening to
show our face and check the couple
are happy. A wedding and events
venue is expected to interact with,
participate in and respond to social
media 24/7 and so activity across all
our accounts is very time intensive.
Supporting our staff and
community
We employ a number of local people
and have always supported the
community by using local businesses.
There’s been a sharp increase in our
staff requirementsas demand has
grown, but the growth of Bicester
Village has seen a number of staff
transferring over to more sociable hours
at the retail outlet. They also offer a high
wage that we’ve now tried to match.
As employers we have had to learn
to step back a little to ensure the
right balance between family life and
work. This is something we are still
trying to negotiate and get right but
We are obsessed with
attention to detail in all
aspects of our business
We are
obsessed with
attention to
detail in all
aspects of our
business and
this passion
and drive help
to keep us
delivering both
a high-quality
product and an
informed and
professional
service
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as owners you need to rely hugely on
trust and the ability to delegate certain
roles to staff, which in turn allows us
to focus on the bigger picture, the
future of the business and the family.
Our team is always evolving but we
have been incredibly lucky to have a
predominantly loyal group.
Many of the staff have been with us
since the start, and a large number of
our temporary bar staff are university
students. The fact that some have
gone on to full-time roles with us is
massively rewarding. We have always
hoped that employees see their role
with us as a career and not just as
a job, and we return this loyalty by
treating our team well.
Navigating a crowed sector
The wedding industry is vast and a
crowded market. Barn weddings in
particular have been a growth sector
for a number of years and although
this has been fantastic for the business,
it has also meant that we have seen an
incredible increase in the development
of new barn venues and competition is
intense. The popularity of such venues
means we have to keep on top of our
game, constantly creating new ideas
and projects.
With access tosocial mediaand the
inspiration couples can gain from
different platforms, the nature of our
industry and role within it has changed
dramatically. Couples are more
demanding, spurred on by the wealth
of images and ideas they have at their
fingertips. Many arrive at the venue
armed with specific ideas and plans for
how they want the barn to look, and
they bring a large number of additional
items with them to create the day they
want. This has increased our workload
on a wedding morningten-foldand
carries with it an increased demand
for staffing to accommodate the
workinvolved.
At one point, we experienced a
significant downturn in bookings
following the hiring of staff who were
not perhaps best suited to particular
roles. Will’s intention was to reduce
his role in managing the business
24/7, but we realised that an essential
element of this was finding good
people who we could depend on. The
answer to this particular issue was for
us to take back on the roles of carrying
out all show-rounds and being once
again more proactive within the office.
We learnt very early on that it is not
only vital, as owners, to be passionate
about the business, the customers and
the personal touch but also that our
presence helps our customers to pick
up on that passion and buy in to our
story for their big day.
Barn weddings
in particular have
been a growth
sector for a
number of years
and although
this has been
fantastic for the
business, it has
also meant that
we have seen an
incredible
increase in the
development of
new barn
venues
The Tythe Barn was built
in 1370
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40 | THE TYTHE BARN, LAUNTON
and we go to great lengths to ensure
our couples feel welcome, looked after
and part of our smallfamily.
Level of service
We are obsessed with attention to
detail in all aspects of our business and
this passion and drive help to keep us
delivering both ahigh-qualityproduct
and an informed and professional
service. Feedback from our couples is
fundamental to our continued success
and every couple is sent a form to fill in,
which asks them to rate various aspects
of their wedding day with us,including
the planning and preparation before the
day and the level of service during and
after the event. Questions about the
suppliers they have used also help us to
stay informed as to the performance of
various suppliers, be they regular ornew.
A wedding and events venue is a
demandingbusiness, frequently with
commitments all week long as well
as all weekend – we have a full office
during the week with some evening
and weekend show-rounds, and we
usually have at least two weddings
every weekend. We pop in on the
bride and groom in the evening to
show our face and check the couple
are happy. A wedding and events
venue is expected to interact with,
participate in and respond to social
media 24/7 and so activity across all
our accounts is very time intensive.
Supporting our staff and
community
We employ a number of local people
and have always supported the
community by using local businesses.
There’s been a sharp increase in our
staff requirementsas demand has
grown, but the growth of Bicester
Village has seen a number of staff
transferring over to more sociable hours
at the retail outlet. They also offer a high
wage that we’ve now tried to match.
As employers we have had to learn
to step back a little to ensure the
right balance between family life and
work. This is something we are still
trying to negotiate and get right but
We are obsessed with
attention to detail in all
aspects of our business
We are
obsessed with
attention to
detail in all
aspects of our
business and
this passion
and drive help
to keep us
delivering both
a high-quality
product and an
informed and
professional
service
41THE TYTHE BARN, LAUNTON |
DIGITAL, CULTURE, MEDIA & SPORT
as owners you need to rely hugely on
trust and the ability to delegate certain
roles to staff, which in turn allows us
to focus on the bigger picture, the
future of the business and the family.
Our team is always evolving but we
have been incredibly lucky to have a
predominantly loyal group.
Many of the staff have been with us
since the start, and a large number of
our temporary bar staff are university
students. The fact that some have
gone on to full-time roles with us is
massively rewarding. We have always
hoped that employees see their role
with us as a career and not just as
a job, and we return this loyalty by
treating our team well.
Navigating a crowed sector
The wedding industry is vast and a
crowded market. Barn weddings in
particular have been a growth sector
for a number of years and although
this has been fantastic for the business,
it has also meant that we have seen an
incredible increase in the development
of new barn venues and competition is
intense. The popularity of such venues
means we have to keep on top of our
game, constantly creating new ideas
and projects.
With access tosocial mediaand the
inspiration couples can gain from
different platforms, the nature of our
industry and role within it has changed
dramatically. Couples are more
demanding, spurred on by the wealth
of images and ideas they have at their
fingertips. Many arrive at the venue
armed with specific ideas and plans for
how they want the barn to look, and
they bring a large number of additional
items with them to create the day they
want. This has increased our workload
on a wedding morningten-foldand
carries with it an increased demand
for staffing to accommodate the
workinvolved.
At one point, we experienced a
significant downturn in bookings
following the hiring of staff who were
not perhaps best suited to particular
roles. Will’s intention was to reduce
his role in managing the business
24/7, but we realised that an essential
element of this was finding good
people who we could depend on. The
answer to this particular issue was for
us to take back on the roles of carrying
out all show-rounds and being once
again more proactive within the office.
We learnt very early on that it is not
only vital, as owners, to be passionate
about the business, the customers and
the personal touch but also that our
presence helps our customers to pick
up on that passion and buy in to our
story for their big day.
Barn weddings
in particular have
been a growth
sector for a
number of years
and although
this has been
fantastic for the
business, it has
also meant that
we have seen an
incredible
increase in the
development of
new barn
venues
The Tythe Barn was built
in 1370

www.thetythebarn.co.uk

This article was sponsored by The Tythe Barn, Launton. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Michael Gove.

Rt Hon Michael Gove's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Michael Gove

This year's Parliamentary Review comes at a momentous time for parliament, as we collectively determine the destiny of the United Kingdom. 

On October 31, the UK will leave the European Union. The successful implementation of this process is this government's number-one priority.

Three years after a historic referendum vote, we will deliver on the decisive mandate from the British people. Trust in our democracy depends on it. Until that final hour, we will work determinedly and diligently to negotiate a deal, one that abolishes the backstop and upholds the warm and close relationship we share with our friends, allies and neighbours in the EU. But in the event that the EU refuses to meet us at the table, we must be prepared to leave without a deal.

As the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, it is my job to lead on this government's approach, should that scenario happen. Preparing for Brexit is my department's driving mission. But while I am leading this turbocharged effort, the whole of government is committed to this endeavour.

Ministers across Whitehall are working together to ensure that every possibility is considered, every plan is scrutinised and every provision is made. A daily drumbeat of meetings means that we are holding departments accountable, so that preparations are completed on time.

The chancellor has confirmed that all necessary funding will be made available. And we have mobilised thecivil service, assigning 15,000 of our most talented civil servants to manage our exit from the EU.

We will make sure that on November 1, there is as little disruption to national life as possible. Our trade relationships will continue to thrive, thanks to agreements with countries around the world worth £70 billion. Our country will remain secure, thanks to nearly 1,000 new officers posted at our borders. And the 3.2 million EU nationals now living and working among us can remain confident, with absolute certainty, of their right to remain in the UK.

Above all, our goal is to be transparent. Soon, we will launch a public information campaign so that citizens, communities and businesses are ready and reassured about what will happen in the event of “no deal”.

In my first few weeks in this role, I have travelled to ports and tarmacs, borders and bridges, all across the UK –from the seaside of Dover to the rolling green hills of County Armagh. I have heard from business owners and border officials, farmers and hauliers. They are ready to put an end to uncertainty. And they are ready to embrace the opportunities ahead.

Our departure from the EU will be a once in a lifetime chance to chart a new course for the United Kingdom. Preparing for that new course will be a herculean effort. But this country has made astounding efforts before. We can do it again.
Rt Hon Michael Gove
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster