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06/08/2020Virtual Network MeetingWe have scheduled our next Virtual Network Meeting, for 4.30pm on Monday 24th August. This will provide us with an opportunity to update you all on what we have been doing on your behalf and what we have plans to do for the rest of the year. The main focus of the meeting though, will be bringing you all up to speed on our new smartphone and tablet app (see next bullet point for more information).

06/08/2020New Place Promotions AppLast week we began introducing, via social media, our new Our Bury St Edmunds app as part of our plan to further help our members and the town centre to bounce back after the impact of the virus. We have partnered with the award-winning place promotion app LoyalFree to provide advertising for local businesses - see attached flyer. This service is free for BID members, is simple to set up and you can see a demo of the main features of the app at https://loyalfree.co.uk/demo/ or download from the Google/Apple app stores.

06/08/2020Eat Out to Help OutThere has been a huge take up with this scheme this week, with many of our businesses fully booked up and with large queues outside many! As you know we have previously provided you with copies of the Government posters but if you want some more then please let me know and we can print some and drop them off to you. If you are registered for the scheme then we have listed your business on the BID website, shared it with Bury St Edmunds & Beyond for their website as well as being featured on the EOTHO trail on the app.

06/08/2020BID Levy reminder lettersI wanted to make you aware that to date over 60% of our members have not paid their BID levy yet and nearly 70% of our projected income is still to be collected. As I have mentioned previously, everyone at the BID acknowledges how difficult this year has been for businesses and that includes ours. We want to continue to deliver great value for your BID membership and the current town centre Monster Hero Safari Trail and the app are just two initiatives we have adopted and will be funding on the behalf of all members.

 

Events

Events are key to bringing new visitors into the town and the team at Our Bury St Edmunds are always at the forefront of many major events that have taken place in the town centre over the last few years. The BID team are always coming up with new events and ideas and this year there are many events to look forward to. 

 

 

Independents Week: 29th June - 5th July 2020


Christmas Lights Switch-On: Thursday 12th November 2020

 

For more information about the festivals and events, click here.

 

Please find our member resources below for each of our events:

 

Independents Week 2020

 

This year we are celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Our Bury St Edmunds Independents Week, and this year independent businesses need your support more than ever! 

 

We've created some social media imagery which our members are free to use as they wish on social media. 

 

To download a Facebook header, click here

 

To download a Twitter header, click here

 

Below are a list of square graphics which can be used on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram:

 

Independents Week 2020, download here

 

Spending a few pounds with an independent... download here

 

2020 marks the 10th year for Independents Week download here 

 

59% of our businesses are independent, download here

 

For every £1 spent download here

 

Every street download here

 

80 independent market stalls download here

 

Independents offer... download here

 

Choose independents because download here

 

Independents add... download here

 

Let us know why you love independentss download here

 

 

 

 

Christmas Lights Switch On 2019

 

We can't wait for the Christmas Lights Switch On on Thursday 14th November. There will be entertainment and stalls at the Buttermarket from 3pm with a special local superstar to be announced! 

 

Please see below for some images that we've prepared for you to use to promote the Switch On far and wide to your audiences! 

 

Header image: download here

 

This can be used for Facebook and Twitter, the header is the large image at the top which helps to capture attention of the user, and is a great way to advertise a campaign or a particular topic that you would like to promote. 

 

General social image for the Christmas Lights Switch On: download here and here

 

This is a general image to promote the event. This can be used on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

We have also created some general Christmas graphics to encourage consumers to come to Bury St Edmunds for

 

High Street Stores - here

Independent Stores - here

Award-winning cafes, restaurants and bars - here

Christmas Lights - here

Stunning Christmas Window Displays - here

 

 

 

Independents Week 2019

 

We are looking forward to Independents Week this year, and we have lots going on including a Facebook competition and a visit from The Town Crier. Please see below for some images that we've prepared for you to use to promote Independents Week far and wide to your audiences! 

 

Header image: download here

 

This can be used for Facebook and Twitter, the header is the large image at the top which helps to capture attention of the user, and is a great way to advertise a campaign or a particular topic that you would like to promote. 

 

General Social image:  download here

 

This is a general image to promote the event. This can be used on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

We have also created a series of infographics about the variety of independent businesses we have in the town, download them below:

 

Image 1 - 2019 marks the 9th year of Independents Week - download

 

Image 2 - 59% of all of our businesses are Independent - download 

 

Image 3 - Every street in the BID has an independent business in it - download

 

Image 4 - Bury St Edmunds has 20% more independent businesses than the national average - download 

 

Image 5 - 290 businesses are independent -  download

 

Image 6 - There are 80 independent market stalls - download

 

Image 7 - We have a variety of independent businesses - download

 

Image 8 - Let us know why you love shopping with independent businesses! - download 

 

 

 

Food and Drink Festival 2019

 

We can't wait for this year's Food and Drink Festival with demonstrations from celebrity chefs Nick Nairn and Dean Edwards. We'd love for you to promote this to your customers, please find some helpful social media images below:

 

General header image - download here

 

Header image with chefs - download here

 

This can be used for Facebook and Twitter, the header is the large image at the top which helps to capture attention of the user, and is a great way to advertise a campaign or a particular topic that you would like to promote. 

 

Square social images, we have a few options and these can be used on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

Image 1 General - download here

 

Image 2 with Dean Edwards - download here

 

Image 3 with Nick Nairn - download here 

 

We've also written some posts that you are welcome to use on your social media channels in italics below:

 

We are excited for the Our Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival with demonstrations from celebrity chefs Nick Nairn and Dean Edwards as well as some fantastic local eateries, pop-up beach, mini farm and much more! #tastebury #foodanddrinkfestival

 

It’s not long to go until Our Bury St Edmunds welcomes the Food & Drink Festival to our wonderful town - make sure you pop in and say hi when you’re in town! #tastebury #foodanddrinkfestival 

 

It’s almost the August bank holiday which marks the return of the Our Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival - there will be demonstrations from celebrity and local chefs, an urban beach, mini farm and much more! #tastebury #foodanddrinkfestival 


 

Flyer

 

A5 double sided flyer with all the information you and your customers will need! - download here

 

Press Release

 

Our Bury St Edmunds offers packed menu for foodie festival

 

New celebrity chefs and stalls bringing first-time flavours are on the menu for the Our Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival taking place over the August Bank Holiday weekend. And one lucky winner will have a day to remember at the event when they get to meet TV chef Dean Edwards, who became a household name cooking on ITV’s ‘Lorraine’, and receive a personal signed copy of his book as part of a VIP foodie experience prize in a competition supporting the festival.

 

The free event, promises two days of foodie fun as well as a host of different family attractions including the urban beach, mini-farm and street entertainment. Celebrity chefs Nick Nairn and Dean Edwards both make their first visit to the festival alongside a farmers’ market, local restaurant demonstrations and scores of stalls selling everything from tapas to teas and beers to artisan breads, offering something to tempt everyone’s tastebuds.

 

This year there’s a chance to win a VIP foodie experience in the run up to the festival in a competition organised in partnership with the tourism body for the area, Bury St Edmunds and Beyond. The prize includes meeting Dean Edwards on Bank Holiday Monday and £150 in vouchers to spend at any Our Bury St Edmunds member restaurant in the town. Entries to the competition and full details can be found on the Bury St Edmunds and Beyond website.

 

This is the eighth annual Our Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival organised by the Business Improvement District (BID) organisation for the town. Our Bury St Edmunds Chief Executive Mark Cordell said: “Every year we try to offer something a little different and 2019 is no exception. New to the event this year are a stall selling Hungarian food and another featuring Dominican street food, which was a huge hit at this year’s St Johns Street Festival in the town and we’re delighted to be welcoming them back.

 

“Among our BID member businesses getting involved in the festival are a number of multi-award winning restaurants such as Maison Bleue and 1921 whose chefs will be giving demonstrations in the Stoves Cookery Theatre. Others such as Bill’s Restaurant are having a stall as part of the event or doing something special at their own premises over the weekend.

 

Bury is already on the map as Suffolk’s foodie capital with around one in four of almost 90 food and drink establishments having awards to their name and this event is a great showcase for them.”

 

For younger visitors there will be a range of children’s activities in and around the town centre, including face painting, the mini-farm in Abbeygate Street and the beach complete with deckchairs and Punch and Judy at Charter Square in the arc, along with fairground rides and free street entertainment across both days.

 

Full details about the event, which runs from 10am to 5pm on Sunday 25 and Monday 26 August, can be found at www.ourburystedmunds.com/foodanddrinkfestival.

 

 

 

 

Theatre Star Trail 2019

 

This year is the 200th Anniversary of Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, and as one of the oldest active theatres in the UK and a huge cultural asset to Bury St Edmunds and the surrounding areas, it’s an anniversary worth celebrating!

 

There are a number of events the Theatre are organising to recognise this important achievement, click here to find out how you can get involved!

 

One of the events commemorating this anniversary is the Theatre Star Trail where, in partnership with the Our Bury St Edmunds BID, we are creating a trail around the town centre and challenging the public to find the 25 stars, each with a named performer, who has trodden the boards at Theatre Royal!

 

The trail will run from the May half term until the end of the October half term holiday (Saturday 25th May through to Sunday 27th October)

 

To take part in the trail is FREE!, great exercise and a fabulous social event with friends and/or family and a way of getting to know even more about our town centre and it’s wonderful businesses.

 

Trail leaflets and entry forms will be available from late May from the theatre and the Tourism Information Points at the Apex, the Cathedral Shop, Moyses Hall and the Town Council offices. There are prizes up for grabs for those who can identify each performer on the stars at the correct location and correct entries need to be delivered to the Our Bury St Edmunds BID offices in Woolhall Street by Thursday 31st October 2019.

 

Header image: download here

 

This can be used for Facebook and Twitter, the header is the large image at the top which helps to capture attention of the user, and is a great way to advertise a campaign or a particular topic that you would like to promote. 

 

Social image-  Theatre Star Trail 2019: download here

 

This is a general image to promote the event the trail with the star in the centre. This can be used on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

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