Every 5 years a BID is legally required to ask its members whether they want the BID to continue working with them on improving their business environment.
In November there will be a postal ballot (overseen and co-ordinated by a completely independent organisation, Electoral Reform Services) asking you this very question.
Attached is a newsletter that explains in more detail the current situation, the process involved and a brief summary of just some of the key events, activities and services we currently provide for our members to take advantage of.
The most important thing though, from our perspective, is ensuring that what we intend to do on your behalf, during our 3rd term (2020-2024) is what you want us to do and what will be beneficial for your businesses.
To help us do this it is essential that we receive feedback from yourselves and I would be very grateful if you were able to complete this short online survey which is accessible at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BSE2019
Bury in Bloom
Just a reminder that Bury in Bloom issue certificates to businesses and residences who make an effort to improve their buildings by the use of flowers and plants and I asked them to create a specific certificate for businesses, which is attached. The judges will allocate certificates based upon their observations but if you would specifically like them to visit your premises then please let me know and I will ask them to do so. They will be judging during the last week of this month.
As I mentioned earlier in the week we would really appreciate it if you could complete our online survey regarding your views on the BID and what you would like us to do during our next term. I know you are all very busy but if you could find some time to do this before the 21st June we would be most appreciative. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BSE2019
Independents Week 2019
Once again we will be dedicating a whole week to celebrating independent businesses between Monday 1st July and Sunday 7th July. We will be making this message loud and clear when Town Crier Tony Appleton, famous for his unofficial announcements of royal events, joins us on Wednesday 3rd July as well as on a special and dedicated radio show by RWSFM (10am-12midday) broadcasting from the newly opened The Tavern On St Johns. In addition, we will be hosting a special page on our website and using a variety of marketing to share your stories, promotions, offers and any celebrations you might be planning. If you would like a visit (photo opportunity) from the Town Crier at your business (limited places) and/or have a slot on the radio show (limited slots) to talk about and promote your business as well as letting us know about anything you have planned or any offers of promotions for that week then please let Mike Kirkham know ASAP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
We currently have places available on our popular one day Emergency First Aid at Work course on Tuesday 9th July and Tuesday 3rd September between 9am-5pm at West Suffolk College with lunch included. If you would like any of these places contact Mike Kirkham email@example.com . Further announcements about other training courses will be made soon but in the meantime if you have a particular training requirement then let us know and we will see how we might be able to accommodate this for your business.
Next week is a busy week!
With the Womens Tour cycle race coming through Angel Hill around 1.30pm on Monday, the St Johns Street Festival next Saturday and the Hidden Gardens event on Sunday there is much going on in town next week. Don’t forget to take the opportunity of promoting your business linked to any of these either with a photo and/or text and then copying in Our Bury St Edmunds whether this be through twitter, Instagram or Facebook. We can spread your message further afield through those who “follow” Our Bury St Edmunds, Bury St Edmunds and Beyond as well as the personal accounts of Mike, myself and Sue Warren. Between us there are over 30,000 other accounts that we engage with and this is a resource that you can access by just making us aware of your posts. If you want to know more about this then feel free to drop Charlotte an e mail firstname.lastname@example.org and she can provide you with the relevant account details
BFP Business Awards
Once again the Bury Free Press is hosting an awards evening at the end of the Business Festival and the BID is continuing its sponsorship of the Customer Service Award. In recent years a number of our members have entered the awards and last year there were a number of winners including Gavin Ashly, Wolf in Sheeps Clothing, Pocket Watch & Petticoats and Armstrongs, who won the Customer Service award. I think they would all say how positive this has been for their businesses and I would encourage you all to click on this link https://www.iliffemediapromotions.co.uk/bury-business-awards/ and submit a nomination. All I would say is that you need to carefully consider the category criteria and then present a written submission with evidence of this criteria, this can be supported by comments from customers, staff or other organisations as well as your own thoughts. Basically you just need to provide the judges with sufficient information to enable them to support your submission, for whichever award you apply for. The deadline is 26th July. Best of luck
Whitsun Fayre Social media banners
As 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 https://www.ourburystedmunds.com/events-members
Pay 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.
Ten Good Deeds at the arc
You 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 www.arc-burystedmunds.com/10-good-deeds 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.