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BIG chat questions answered

30 March 2010

Picture of Sir Clive and a positi with the text Your BIG Chat questions answered

To borrow a famous advertising slogan – “It’s good to talk”. This is something that we wholeheartedly agree with. Keeping an ongoing conversation with people interested in our work – from local community groups and project beneficiaries to members of the public – has been invaluable in developing the work of BIG. A great example of this was our consultation last year, where thousands of you had a say in how we will develop our new funding programmes.

However, we don’t want our discussion with you to end there. We want your help in making us the best distributor of Lottery funding we can possibly be. That’s why earlier this month our Chair Sir Clive Booth took part in a live webchat to hear your views and give you the opportunity to ask questions about the work of BIG.

I’m pleased to say it was a huge success. In the two hours that it took place, 464 people viewed the chat, and Sir Clive answered 33 questions on topics ranging from the application process to BIG’s response to the recession.

We also received 124 pre-submitted written questions via email and Twitter – all of which have been answered and are now available on our website at:

Of course, as I know myself, you can’t beat face to face meetings and seeing firsthand the work of the great projects we’ve funded across the country.  But this is a great example of how we can use technology effectively and affordably to make sure we reach more people and neighbourhoods across the UK who have an interest in our funding.

I hope you’ll take the time to look through the questions and responses we’ve given. You can also hear us answering people’s questions on social enterprises, older people, younger people at risk, and investing in communities at

And if you missed out on taking part this time, don’t worry. This is something we’d very much like to do again. So watch this space.

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