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BID Member Weekly News, w/c 3rd April

Updates, events, and news for our Bid Members with regard to Bury St Edmunds this week. This week includes free training & courses, free map holders, and loyal free app trails.

  • Opportunities to reduce your operating costs for Free

Last autumn we worked with Place Support Partnership who provided an opportunity for them to work on your behalf to reduce your operating costs. They visited the town in November and held a clinic and I also accompanied their owner Rishi, to a meet a number of you, at your place of work.

This BID membership benefit was then extended to you all until the end of last year.

Rishi has contacted me recently and has once again extended this offer for our members until the end of this year.

If you are interested is asking PSP to investigate your potential cost savings (the cost of any transfer of contracts will not rest with you) then have a look at the attached pdf document where details of there offer and their contact details are present.

  • Level 3 Mental Health First Aid Course

Three Eggs (BID Member) is offering a 20% discounted virtual Mental Health First Aid course for BID members.

This is a Level 3 RQF Mental Health First Aid course, taught live by a trainer across an online platform.

The content and trainer are the same as their in-person courses but the online format is across 3 sessions (with some independent learning in between) rather than 2 full days and might be a more flexible option for some members and your staff.

Dates and times for the sessions are:

  • Tuesday 18th April (10am-12pm) session 1
  • Tuesday 25th April (10am-12pm) session 2
  • Tuesday 2nd May (10am-12pm) session 3

Full details of the course can be found here.

The course usually costs £200+VAT so BID members cost will be reduced to £160+VAT per delegate.

If you are interested in this training, please email Three Eggs direct to achieve this discount at hello@threeeggs.co.uk

  • NHS, Blue Light and Military Discounts –  Loyal Free App Trail

Thanks to our free app with LoyalFree www.loyalfree.co.uk  we create a variety of business listing style trails to make it easier for visitors to discover businesses on these trails and hopefully increase footfall. Depending on the nature of your business you may appear on multiple trails. For example, you could be a dog friendly, Bury St Edmunds gift card, vegan, gluten free café business and be listed on all these individual trails. We have extended our original discount trail to include the NHS, Blue Light and Military community as many of our businesses offer discounts for all or some of these customers.

If you would like your business to be included on this trail, please email mike.kirkham@ourburystedmunds.com highlighting what you offer, who can access your discount and any terms & conditions. It maybe you already accept a variety of discount cards for this community such as the Defence Discount Service Card, Blue Light Card, Armed Forces Veteran’s Discount Card, and others.

  • Disability Confident Committed Employer

At the recent Iliffe Jobs Fair, which we attended to promote BID businesses job vacancies, we met the local Department for Work & Pensions lead for the Disability Confident Committed Employer Scheme www.gov.uk/disability-confident .

This scheme is about encouraging employers to think differently about disability and take action to improve how they recruit, retain, and develop disabled employees.

Quoting from their leaflet, “employing disabled staff could help you access the spending power of disabled people and their families estimated to be £249 billion.”

The scheme, which has three levels, gives employers free access to guidance and support, information about potential funding, webinars, workshops and an accreditation certificate and the Disability Confident logo for their website and recruitment ads.

If you would like to find out more, please email Richard Cox richard.cox@dwp.gov.uk or phone 0739 228 0584.

  • FREE Town Centre Map  / Map Holders

We recently started to distribute Issue 30 of our popular FREE Town Centre Map which lists all BID businesses and a range of helpful visitor place markers and information.

Supported by the Bury St Edmunds Rickshaw we have already distributed to the large map holders at the tourist information points and other high footfall areas.

If you would like one of our small A6 map holders (see attached image) or just need a top up of maps, then please email mike.kirkham@ourburystedmunds.com and we will deliver to you.

Posted 11 months ago