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17/05/2019Whitsun Fayre Social media bannersAs most of you will be aware next Bank Holiday weekend (Sunday & Monday 10am-4pm) we host the Whitsun Fayre in the town centre and we are hoping for big crowds and good weather. As always we would be grateful if you could make as many of your friends, family, colleagues and customers aware of this. If you were able to do this on social media or via e mail you can click on this link and access some specifically created banners for this purpose. Thanks for your support

17/05/2019Pay on Exit As I mentioned recently the Council have agreed to introduce a Pay on Exit (branded “Flexi Park” by the Council) option in the St Andrews Street North Car Park (behind the bus station and accessible from Parkway, opposite the Fire Station, from Tuesday 11th June). What I may not have made absolutely clear is that the car park is currently split into long and short stay parking and that the Long Stay spaces (all day for £3) is not affected by this trial. The current long stay spaces will remain accessible as long stay spaces. It is the 350+ short stay spaces (currently maximum stay is only 3 hours) that people will be able to stay in for as long as they wish and then pay accordingly, before they leave the car park. I will update you with more details as we approach the launch but I hope this clarification has been of use to you.

17/05/2019Ten Good Deeds at the arcYou may have seen that since February the arc shopping centre has had a new manager, Abbie Panks is very keen for the arc to be part of the town centre and not a “stand alone” shopping centre. If you follow the arc on social media you may have noticed a change, in this respect, in regards of their messages since she has been in post. She has also introduced a new idea, called ”10 Good Deeds” whereby each month the shopping centre financially contributes to a local community initiative, whether delivered by an individual or group and already 3 good deeds have been allocated to a local charity, a school and a local volunteering group. Abbie does not live locally so would like to receive more nominations, as she is aware generally of so much good work is going on in and around Bury but not the specifics and she wants to be able to recognise and reward this positive activity. She would like to receive nominations at with a short explanation of why the nominee should be recognised but just as importantly what can the arc do to help the individual or group.

17/05/2019Theatre Star TrailThis joint initiative between the BID and the Theatre Royal, to celebrate their 200th anniversary, commences next Saturday (25th) and will involve 25 stars being placed on the ground around the town centre, each with the name of an artist who has performed at the Theatre Royal and as I type this all but just 1 are sponsored by a local company. The challenge is for people to find all 25 stars and to place the name of each performer on the entry from (available from participating businesses and the Tourism Points in the town). There will be 10 prizes allocated from all the correct entries we receive at the BID offices. The trail runs throughout the summer until the 27th October and I am confident that thousands of people will take part in the trail and bring additional footfall past the door of many of our businesses.

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Join us in supporting the range of fantastic independent businesses in Bury St Edmunds! We'd love it if you helped promote this week on your social channels and spread the word! Download our social images below.



Why do we celebrate Independents Week?


There’s so many reasons to shop and visit independent businesses in Bury St Edmunds. Not only do they offer unique products and provide fantastic levels of service, but for every £1 you spend with a small to medium-sized business, over 20p more stays in the local economy, compared when you shop in a larger business. 


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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. 


Full infographic / Poster: download here

An infographic is a full page image or poster that presents facts in a visual way that is easy to digest for the reader. It's also a nice anf un way to present facts and statistics about a certain topic. This is pictured fully at the bottom of this page.


Social image: Independents Week 2018: download here

This the Independents Week 2018 logo which can be used on Facebook or Twitter. 


Social image: For every £1 spent with an independent business, around 20p more stays in the local economy than with a national retailer. Download here

This is a lovely statistic on the benefit shopping in the local economy has versus shopping in larger shops. This can be used on Facebook or Twitter. 


Social image: Bury St Edmunds has 15% more independent businesses than the national average. Download here

Another great statistic to post on social media, this can be used on Facebook or Twitter.


Social image: We shop in independent businesses because... download here

This can be used on Facebook or Twitter.


Social image: Let us know why you love to shop independent. Download here

This is a great call-to-action image that asks users to get in touch to let you know why they love to shop independently or in your business! Can be used on Facebook or Twitter. 



Articles about Independents Week 

We wrote an article for Velvet Magazine about why we're celebrating Independents Week:


If you fancy some summertime retail therapy in July then you won’t want to miss a special week celebrating the wealth of independent shops and businesses in Bury St Edmunds. And as US citizens prepare to celebrate Independence Day on the 4th of July – here in Suffolk Our Bury St Edmunds is celebrating not just ‘Independents’ Day’ but with nearly 300 independent businesses in the town centre it’s declared the week starting July 2 ‘Independents’ Week.’


Independent shops and businesses are what make Bury St Edmunds unique. This is the eighth year that the Business Improvement District (BID) organisation Our Bury St Edmunds has organised a specific campaign to encourage more people to ‘shop local’. As well as special offers and deals to mark the week, a Town Crier will be helping the celebrations along in the Town Centre on Independents’ Day letting everyone know about the variety of independents available.


Download the full article here


We've also written a quick 3 paragraph write up for the Bury and West Suffolk Magazine which is available to download here


We have a regular column with the Bury Free Press and our most recent one was dedicated to Independents Week, which you can download here


Finally, we have written a piece for The Bury St Edmunds & District flyer, which is available to download here



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