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29/05/2020Recovery PlanWe continue our discussions with West Suffolk Council, regarding the steps that they and we can take to reassure the public that visiting our town centre is a safe thing to do and once these plans are finalised I will share them with you. With retail businesses being able to open in just over a fortnight I am sure that many of you are already planning how you can make your premises safe for staff and customers and there is a bewildering amount of documents available linked to this subject.

29/05/2020Recovery Plan (2)As I have mentioned above we are working with the Council to do all we can between us to make the town centre safe for people to visit. What actions are taken is one issue but how we communicate the “safeness” of the town, to the public, is a very important issue. The same is true regarding your business, you need to be able to provide your customers with the confidence that visiting your premises creates a very low risk.

29/05/2020Takeaway TaxisI am aware that during lockdown many of you have changed your business models and have looked to arrange the delivery of your goods to your customers. At the moment I appreciate that this is predominantly within the food and drink sector but this may become something that retailers want to consider moving forward. I know in regards of food some of you use Deliveroo or Just Eat but I am also aware that their charges are quite high and of course customer details are retained by them and not yourselves. I am aware that some of you work with Takeaway Taxis, a Suffolk based company who are keen to expand their presence in Bury St Edmunds and I understand that their charges to businesses are considerably less that the above companies I have mentioned. I have spoken to the Operations Manager, Milon Miah who would welcome the opportunity to discuss what services he could offer you and has asked that anyone who is interested complete the simple proforma on their website and this is the link.

29/05/2020Independents Week 29th June – 5th JulyAs part of our preparations for helping Bury to bounce back we are keen to continue with our well established annual Independents Week when we celebrate our great range of independent businesses in the town. Whilst we can’t deliver what we normally do, we are planning to supplement this week with an increased presence and activity on social media. Further details will be shared ASAP. What would be helpful and appreciated is for businesses who would like to get involved, to send us details of any offers, promotions, new services or products post lockdown and if you were trading during lockdown any stories you would care to share etc Please send anything be they short videos, editorial, images or stories to mike.kirkham@ourburystedmunds.com

BID Member Benefits

Affinity offers a free service that gives long term savings for businesses by offering cost reduction analysis of their bills and their supply chains. They give recommendations on how to improve efficiency and profit of the company by suggesting different suppliers to use. They also offer business procurement services for almost every product a business might need and service areas that are used within the business. Contact them on 01603 881888 or email business@af-affinity.co.uk.

 

Ashtons Legal are offering Ourburystedmunds members access to their ‘one scheme’ this gives BID members, their staff and family members of staff access to a variety of discounted legal services. The arrangement provides those eligible to a 15% discount on normal charges. Click here for more details and to see how you can benefit from this scheme.

 


Business Cost Reduction Company, BCR Associates offer a cost review of business’s essential spends and bills e.g. energy, telecoms, insurance, office supplies, water, HR/H&S. They then tender your account to a wide network of suppliers and negotiate on the businesses behalf to ensure that the best tariff is offered. The will then manage your account for you to save time having to be put in to organising the accounts. This service is free for businesses to use. 

 

Box-it provide businesses with document storage solutions, out-sourcing and confidential shredding. They offer their services to Ourburystedmunds members at a preferential rate. Click here for more information.

 

BID member Haart would like to offer all BID members a free valuation of your house and then if you are interested in selling it then they have a discounted rate for all BID members and their staff. If you are interested then please contact the guys on 01284 767121.

 

 

Jacobs Allen are offering fellow Ourburystedmunds members 30% off of their 1st year’s accounting compliance work. If you are interested in taking up this great offer please contact Jacobs Allen here

 

Kings Arms

Kings Arms are offering 20% off food or drink - anytime - whether you’re just popping out for a quiet drink or out for a meal! To use this offer, please show a business card, ID or payslip to prove you are a BID member of Our Bury St Edmunds.


Rose of Bengal

Rose of Bengal have two offers that they would like to give BID members. Offer 1 is 20% off your food bill when eating off the a la carte menu any day and time of the week. Offer 2 is a five course set menu for £12 per head with a free soft drink or half a pint from Sunday through to Thursday. For both offers booking is required in advance and you must mention that you have this BID members benefit.

 

SaveMoneyCutCarbon are a local organisation that help businesses, in all sectors, to save themselves money and cut carbon costs. Through thorough examination of your company’s usage they can suggest ways to reduce your water and electricity costs as well as making your business more carbon efficient. They are offering BID members preferential rates on their services, contact the team on team@savemoneycutcarbon.com or phone 0845 123 5464 for more information.

 

Enjoy 20% discount on Room Hire at The Athenaeum and The Apex, courtesy of Prestige Venues and Events. This offer is available throughout February 2018 and for between 2 and 516 guests. Terms and conditions apply. Find out more by clicking here to download the flyer.


Marketing

Ourburystedmunds works closely with the local press and media for you to benefit from packages they offer. We regularly give businesses opportunities to advertise through local magazines and papers with preferential rates being offered to BID businesses. 

 

If you would like to learn more about any of the benefits above, please contact Mark Cordell by email here.

 

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