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12/04/2019Love LocalMany of you will have seen this recently launched campaign from the Bury Free Press and I just wanted you to know that we of course fully support this initiative and are looking to specifically work in partnership with the BFP during Independents Week. At other times we are also making William Mata, the lead journalist on this issue, aware of things going on in the town centre, particularly where it involves Independent businesses. You may have seen some of our members have already featured in an article or two on this subject. If any of you want to contact William direct then he is very happy to hear from you at william.mata@iliffepublishing.co.uk and he can supply you marketing materials, if you wish, such as stickers and pens

12/04/2019Public SurveyWe will again be running our public survey seeking the views of those who visit Bury and also those who don’t. It should go live next week and will be open until the 31st May. Once it’s available I would be very grateful if you can share the link with your staff, customers, friends and family so we can get the views of as many people as possible in order for us to be aware of what our potential customers want the town centre to offer. More specific details to follow next week.

12/04/2019Network Events As you are aware we are hosting a members network evening on Monday 29th April at The Athenaeum but we are aware that an evening meeting may not be suitable for everyone so in addition to this we are holding two morning meetings at Bills in Abbeygate St. The first is a breakfast meeting between 7.30-8.30am on Tuesday 14th May and the second will be a mid-morning “coffee morning” between 1030-1130 on Thursday 6th June. To assist us with catering if you intend popping along to either or both can you contact Jackie.regan@ourburystedmunds.com and make her aware if you have any dietary requirements.

12/04/2019Sundays in the SummerAs part of the town’s summer event programme the West Suffolk markets team will be hosting two ‘mini markets’ on Sunday 30 June and Sunday 28 July. These markets will complete a programme of events on the last Sunday of the month during the summer with the BID’s Whitsun Fayre on Sunday 26 May and the Food and Drink Festival on Sunday 25 August. In addition to the above they will be hosting a ‘Friday Night Food Festival’ which will be similar to an event held in 2017. This will be on Friday 19 July and run from 12 noon until 9pm. There will be a bar, food and drink stalls and live entertainment. All these events will be held between Superdrug/Moyses Hall and the war memorial and on the paved area near to Poundland similar to their December Sunday markets. The road and remainder of parking will be kept open as normal. They would like to invite any interested BID members to have a presence at these events, which will consist mainly of West Suffolk market traders. Any interested businesses should contact Sharon Fairweather – sharon.fairweather@westsuffolk.gov.uk for further information.

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Love Local

 

Many of you will have seen this recently launched campaign from the Bury Free Press and I just wanted you to know that we of course fully support this initiative and are looking to specifically work in partnership with the BFP during Independents Week. At other times we are also making William Mata, the lead journalist on this issue, aware of things going on in the town centre, particularly where it involves Independent businesses. You may have seen some of our members have already featured in an article or two on this subject. If any of you want to contact William direct then he is very happy to hear from you at william.mata@iliffepublishing.co.uk and he can supply you marketing materials, if you wish, such as stickers and pens

Public Survey

 

We will again be running our public survey seeking the views of those who visit Bury and also those who don’t. It should go live next week and will be open until the 31st May. Once it’s available I would be very grateful if you can share the link with your staff, customers, friends and family so we can get the views of as many people as possible in order for us to be aware of what our potential customers want the town centre to offer. More specific details to follow next week.

Network Events

 

As you are aware we are hosting a members network evening on Monday 29th April at The Athenaeum but we are aware that an evening meeting may not be suitable for everyone so in addition to this we are holding two morning meetings at Bills in Abbeygate St. The first is a breakfast meeting between 7.30-8.30am on Tuesday 14th May and the second will be a mid-morning “coffee morning” between 1030-1130 on Thursday 6th June. To assist us with catering if you intend popping along to either or both can you contact Jackie.regan@ourburystedmunds.com and make her aware if you have any dietary requirements.

Sundays in the Summer

 

As part of the town’s summer event programme the West Suffolk markets team will be hosting two ‘mini markets’ on Sunday 30 June and Sunday 28 July. These markets will complete a programme of events on the last Sunday of the month during the summer with the BID’s Whitsun Fayre on Sunday 26 May and the Food and Drink Festival on Sunday 25 August. In addition to the above they will be hosting a ‘Friday Night Food Festival’ which will be similar to an event held in 2017. This will be on Friday 19 July and run from 12 noon until 9pm. There will be a bar, food and drink stalls and live entertainment. All these events will be held between Superdrug/Moyses Hall and the war memorial and on the paved area near to Poundland similar to their December Sunday markets. The road and remainder of parking will be kept open as normal. They would like to invite any interested BID members to have a presence at these events, which will consist mainly of West Suffolk market traders. Any interested businesses should contact Sharon Fairweather – sharon.fairweather@westsuffolk.gov.uk for further information.

Best place to live in East Anglia!

 

The Sunday Times will formally announce this weekend the top places to live in the UK and I am delighted that Bury St Edmunds has been identified as the top place to live in East Anglia! The “About Anglia” programme (6pm on ITV) tonight will be focussing on this achievement as of course will this weekends Sunday Times. This is great news for the town and of course its businesses and we will of course be promoting this distinction heavily. Having said that we, at the BID, are very aware of the challenges facing town centres and businesses therein and we know this is a challenging time for many BID members but when good news like this comes along we all need to spread the word! in order to ensure our current visitors return but also to hopefully attract new customers to Bury for you all to benefit from.

Rearranged date of next months Networking Event

 

As you may recall we set our first networking event this year for Tuesday 30th April but unfortunately we have had to change the date to Monday 29th April. The venue remains The Athenaeum, with a starting time of 6pm. I hope that you are able to come along, meet our Directors, the BID team and hear about our plans for the future. In order to make the necessary catering arrangements, if you are looking to attend could you let my colleague Jackie know please by dropping her an e mail to Jackie.regan@ourburystedmunds.com or call her on 01284 766258.

Date set for AGM

 

On the subject of meetings we have also set the date for the AGM, which will be Tuesday 18th June, again to be held at the Athenaeum from 6pm. Again if you are looking to attend could you let Jackie know please.

Harassment of town centre visitors

 

Over the past few years I have been very aware of the variety of individuals and groups that are in our town centre and who target our visitors with vary degrees of persistence whether this be beggars, people wanting to discuss religion, sign people up to donate to charities, get people to change their utility companies, carry out surveys etc. etc.

 

The majority of these people are quite pleasant and engaging but frequently this isn’t always the case and I know this can be very annoying and in some case downright off putting.

 

Recently I have received feedback from members of the public and businesses that the situation is getting worse. I have made enquiries with the Council and I am told that there is no requirement in law for any of these groups to seek permission to carryout these activities. So legally there is little we can do it about this but I am concerned that these people may be deterring people from coming into our town centre. I am also mindful that from my observations it is predominantly women and the elderly that are targeted, which is very concerning.

 

If you personally endure or witness inappropriate behaviour by any such individuals then please let me know as I suspect the more evidence we have of this happening then the more likely it is that we might be able to take action to try to stop these practices from continuing.

English Tourism Week

 

As you are no doubt aware, back in 2017 the official tourism brand for the town, Bury St Edmunds & Beyond was launched and all BID businesses are members, as part of the BID membership benefits. The purpose of this organisation is to use predominantly digital media to attract visitors to the town (ideally to stay at least one night) in a catchment area of a 1-3 hour car journey from Bury.

 

I appreciate that many of you might not consider yourselves as tourism businesses but I am sure the vast majority of you have customers who are tourists.

 

From this Saturday through to Sunday 7th April it is English Tourism week and BSE&B will be using this fact to further raise the profile of the town.

 

It would be great if during the next week you could include the hashtag #EnglishTourismWeek19 in your social media messages.

 

If you haven’t already, could you also follow BSE&B on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter(or any combination of these) and then share and like their social posts. You will note that they focus upon Bury and the surrounding area but the majority of their promotional activity is about our town so we can all benefit from helping them raise the profile of our town as much as possible.

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

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