BID Member Weekly news w/c 24th April

  • Velvet Food & Drink Awards

Please find attached details of the Velvet Food & Drink Awards 2023, and the link to the website is below:

There are 8 categories and – it would be great if some of our BID members entered. It’s a public vote where the 3 businesses, with the most votes, in each category, get short-listed and judged by a panel of experts, entries close on 31st May. So it might be worthwhile asking your customers to nominate your business for one or more of the categories. The geographical area covered by the awards is: West Suffolk, Cambridge and North Essex.


  • Make Music Day – 21st June

You may have seen in the local media that we are working with the arc and the District Council on providing some places for performers on the above date, which is also Suffolk Day, to celebrate International Music Day. Attached is a flyer about the day and if you know any musicians and/or singers who you think would like to perform in the town on this date please pass on my contact details and ask them to get in touch.


  • Our new website will be with us soon

I just wanted to make you aware that we are approaching the final testing stage of our new website and we will be contacting you shortly with further details about this and explaining how you can access & update your business listing, add offers and jobs for the public to see. We are very pleased with how things are going, what it looks like and its functionality and the better service it will provide to your current and potential customers. So watch this space for further updates over the next couple of weeks or so.

  • Coronation shop front and/or products

Its only just over a week to the Coronation and I know that many of you are getting into the spirit so if you have any window displays or products which are Coronation linked please let Grace know at and she can spread the word to our social media followers.


  • Defibrillators Save Lives – Used printer cartridges.

You may be aware that we support a scheme that includes the provision of used printer ink / toner cartridges collections bins in the Apex as part of the national Keeping Hearts Beating campaign. These recycled cartridges are turned into cash which is then used to fund additional defibrillators including numerous ones in our town centre. Most recently (being officially launched this week) this includes a publicly accessible 24/7 defibrillator fixed to the external wall of Verve Bar & Restaurant in response to a request linked to our night-time economy.

You may also be aware that a defibrillator session is included in our free first aid courses.

So if you have printer cartridges that you would like to recycle then please make use of these collection bins and your contributions will be gratefully received. If you require any further information, contact

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