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21/02/2019Easter Themed Window Display CompetitionTo encourage visitors to our lovely town centre and businesses we are planning a Facebook Easter Window Display Competition. I know many of our businesses frequently theme their window displays so if you are able to support the Easter theme that would be great.

08/02/2019Supporting College Business StudentsThe College are currently running a live project with their Business and Retail students who are taking over a number of charity shops in the town centre next week. They will be involved in remerchandising stock and hopefully increasing sales during the two day take over period which is 13th and 14th Feb. They are working in groups of 2/3 and are looking for sponsorship of a small prize for the team which achieves the best results. If any of you are interested in providing this reward then please contact tracey.marshall@wsc.ac.uk

08/02/2019Attempted Arson at a BID Business in the ButtermarketOver the weekend we had an incident in the town centre, which the police are treating as attempted arson. The suspect(s) had wrapped an incendiary device, in combustible materials, apparently found nearby and then set it alight in and placed it in the cash chute on the side of the building. The business concerned and the Police have asked me to bring this situation to the attention of our members, as looking around the town there are examples of cardboard and other combustible materials being stored against buildings and it’s possible that there may be a repeat incident against other businesses, so please consider how you deal with your cardboard left for collection.

08/02/2019St Johns Street Festival – 15th JuneThe traders in St Johns Street are reinstating their annual celebration of their street and we are working with them regarding the closure of the street. I attended a meeting, with some of the traders, last evening and they would be absolutely delighted if any other Independent businesses in the town wanted, for this day, to have a stall in SJS as they see the day being about celebrating Independent businesses and the town centre of Bury, as well as their street. If you are interested in taking up this opportunity then please contact Rosie, from Vinyl Hunter on curtainhunters@mac.com

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Easter Themed Window Display Competition

 

To encourage visitors to our lovely town centre and businesses we are planning a Facebook Easter Window Display Competition. I know many of our businesses frequently theme their window displays so if you are able to support the Easter theme that would be great. The window displays will be voted on by visitors via Facebook and from this one of the people who vote for the winning display will receive a prize to spend at a BID business. Also the winning window BID business will receive an advertising prize. If you would like to get involved please contact Mike Kirkham mike.kirkham@ourburystedmunds.com

Supporting College Business Students

 

The College are currently running a live project with their Business and Retail students who are taking over a number of charity shops in the town centre next week. They will be involved in remerchandising stock and hopefully increasing sales during the two day take over period which is 13th and 14th Feb. They are working in groups of 2/3 and are looking for sponsorship of a small prize for the team which achieves the best results. If any of you are interested in providing this reward then please contact tracey.marshall@wsc.ac.uk

Attempted Arson at a BID Business in the Buttermarket

 

Over the weekend we had an incident in the town centre, which the police are treating as attempted arson. The suspect(s) had wrapped an incendiary device, in combustible materials, apparently found nearby and then set it alight in and placed it in the cash chute on the side of the building. The business concerned and the Police have asked me to bring this situation to the attention of our members, as looking around the town there are examples of cardboard and other combustible materials being stored against buildings and it’s possible that there may be a repeat incident against other businesses, so please consider how you deal with your cardboard left for collection.

St Johns Street Festival – 15th June

 

The traders in St Johns Street are reinstating their annual celebration of their street and we are working with them regarding the closure of the street. I attended a meeting, with some of the traders, last evening and they would be absolutely delighted if any other Independent businesses in the town wanted, for this day, to have a stall in SJS as they see the day being about celebrating Independent businesses and the town centre of Bury, as well as their street. If you are interested in taking up this opportunity then please contact Rosie, from Vinyl Hunter on curtainhunters@mac.com

Encouraging bus and coach companies to visit us

 

As we are all aware town centre footfalls are down across the UK and Bury is no exception. Along with others, we are looking at a variety of ways to combat this and one of these is the perceived reduction in visits from organised bus and coach excursions. There appears to be a number of reasons for this and we are looking to address these and this includes contacting relevant companies in East Anglia and those further afield, who visit the Christmas Fayre, to remind them of what we have to offer their customers here in Bury. There is a thought that if we were able to provide the drivers with a drink and/or food voucher the Company would be more inclined to commit to visiting us. At this stage I am just seeing if there are any food and drink businesses that would be interested in doing this and if so please get in touch.

Illegal Parking in the town centre

 

This is slightly linked to the above item as we will be looking to ensure that the bus drop off and pick up area on Angel Hill remains clear at all times but you may not be aware that the Town Council will be employing two PCSO from next month. One of their initial priorities will be to deal with the illegal parking on single and double yellow lines, in loading bays and on pavements across the town centre. Although many of you will welcome this enforcement activity I suspect the current offenders include some of your employees and customers and you might want to make them aware of this change in situation. In regards of your staff Ram Meadow provides excellent value at just £2.30 a day and the Council also offer weekly discounts that reduce this cost.

Food Allergen Awareness for Businesses

 

Following national media interest surrounding allergens in food products we are working with Environmental Health (EH) and Trading Standards on how best to support our members who are required to comply with The Food Information Regulations. We are exploring a ‘drop in session’ for members so if this is something you would be interested in attending please contactmy colleague, Mike Kirkham at mike.kirkham@ourburystedmunds.com . In the interim please find attached an ‘Allergen Information Update Sheet’ from West Suffolk Environmental Health which includes some helpful and important links to legislation, downloadable information charts and recipe sheets, and access to a FREE Food Standards Agency on-line staff training course.

Theatre Royal Star Trail

 

The Theatre Royal is a cultural asset that brings 80,000 visitors into town each year, and reinvests £4.2m into the local economy. As a registered charity its success lies in the combined balance of careful management and community support which is vital for its wellbeing. 2019 sees its 200th anniversary as a performance house and major tourist attraction. Building upon the recent success of the Wolf and WW1 Trails the BID are working with the Theatre in creating the 200th Birthday Celebration Trail of Stars. The trail will include 25 large stars placed on the pavements around the town, and on each star there will be the name of a person who has performed at The Theatre, as well as a sponsors logo. There will be a prize draw for those who find all of the stars. Attached is a more detailed brief of the benefits available to sponsors and if you want anymore information then please contact Julia Read at julia@theatreroyal.org or 01284 829942

Whitsun Fayre

 

This event, run by the BID, will take place on the late Bank Holiday weekend in May (Sunday 26th and Monday 27th May). Last year footfall numbers in the town centre over the two days, during the event totalled over 30,000. Some of our members choose to open on these days to take advantage of the crowds but many don’t. Over the past 8 years some of our businesses have taken up our offer of having a stall at the event and we wanted this year to remind you all that this opportunity is still available. We can provide a gazebo for you or you can bring your own. This year in order to try and entice a few more of you to enjoy the benefits of this event we are able to offer a 3m pitch and a gazebo at a cost of just £50 plus vat per day. You would be located within the Buttermarket and Cornhill area and again the urban beach will be located outside Moyses Hall. Here is a video of last years event for your information https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lC6mEbNAh3Y&feature=youtu.be If you are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity then please contact our Events Manager, Jackie Regan at Jackie.regan@ourburystedmunds.com or on 01284 766258

Parking

You may have seen the front page of the Bury Free Press last week which featured the decision by the Borough Council to not progress their previous intentions of creating a new car park in the town centre. You may also have seen my response reiterating the BID position, since 2012, for the introduction of a “ Pay on Exit” option to enable visitors to stay as long as they wish rather than having to rush back to their cars which I know is impacting upon many of our businesses. I just wanted to make you all aware that we remain in discussions with the Council on the importance of this issue and that it will be an agenda item at our BID Board meeting next week. I will update you on any developments as soon as I am able.

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