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22/04/2021Welcome back from the MarketThe team at West Suffolk Markets would like to welcome back the town centre businesses and hope that the first week or so of trading has been a success. The market is now back to full strength, with more stallholders joining us in the coming weeks.

22/04/2021Motorsport East 2021 EventWe are in the process of organising this event for Sunday 25th July, where we are anticipating around 50 motorsport vehicles being displayed within the Buttermarket and Cornhill. Understandably the focus on the day will be the cars but we would also like to offer any BID business a free pitch for the day and to be able to have access to all who visit the event. If you require a gazebo and want us to arrange this for you, then there will be a charge to cover this cost. Further details will soon be published about the event itself but if you would like to have a presence at the event then please contact my colleague Jackie on 01284 766258 or via e mail at

22/04/2021AGMHere’s early notice that we intend to hold our AGM on Tuesday 27th July at The Guildhall from 6pm. Further details to follow but just wanted to give you all the opportunity to put this in your diary/calendar.

22/04/2021Government GrantsWest Suffolk Council are doing all they can to issue relevant grants to local businesses, in accordance with Government Guidance and I know that many of you have recently received automatic payments into your bank accounts. If that has not been the case and you want to check your eligibility then please e mail who will be able to assist you with your enquiry.

Love Local Day 2021

We're celebrating Love Local Day on the 14th February 2021 and we would love for you to get behind our campaign! 


There may be many reasons as to why you love to come into our town centre. Maybe it's to shop, grab a coffee, enjoy a bite to eat or meet up with friends and family (let's hope so soon!). Whatever the reason, please help to spread the word. Remember use it or lose it.


So please Love Where You Shop and Support Your Community by enjoying the town centre with its great choice of retailers and businesses including 100s of independents, popular national brands and household names, arc shopping centre and regular markets. 


Why should I love local businesses? 


  • Local businesses add character - they bring originality and individuality, and you can often get items made locally that are not available elsewhere
  • Local spending boosts the local economy.
  • Local businesses help to create local jobs.
  • You are likely to receive better, more personalised customer service from people who know your name and your personal tastes and interests.
  • They can create a healthier high street as local shops often source their goods locally, also helping to reduce their carbon footprint.
  • Local businesses help build strong local communities by allowing you to build personal relationships with the local shop.
  • We have local family-owned independent businesses like Sneezums (est. 1874) trading in Bury for nearly 150 years and Denny Bros (est. 1945) for 76 years, as well as national brands like M&S (est. 1884), Next, Boots (est. 1849) and other popular high street household names that have been part of our town centre for decades. 

Over the coming months we will be launching brand-new initiatives and below are two examples of what we recently introduced: 
  • A new place promotions app in collaboration with LoyalFree (available to download for free on the App Store or Google Play) to bring you the latest local promotions, deals, offers, events, trails and more...
  • A Bury St Edmunds Gift Card - a great way to support local businesses by keeping the spend local. It can be used in over 50 town centre businesses including online for many. 

How can I get involved? 
You can help raise awareness by sharing your love of local businesses on social media, leaving a positive review and interacting with their posts. Also, you can nominate your favourite town centre business and share (maybe with a picture as well!) on our Facebook page @ourburystedmunds between 14th-17th February and you will be in with a chance to win a Bury St Edmunds £50 Gift Card. If your business is the most nominated, you will also be helping them win a free advert in a local magazine. 

You could also: 
  • Shop local for your loved one by shopping online with a local business.
  • Treat your special person to a takeaway by ordering a meal, wine and maybe a cocktail from a local restaurant.
  • Make your high street or market the first stop when choosing a unique card or gift.
  • Buy a gift card or voucher and 'Pay It Forward' by repaying a kindness recived with a good deed to someone else!

Want to know more about how you can get involved? Take a look at this excellent video by Loyal Free below! 

Bury Bouncing Back Facebook Competition 
Terms and Conditions

  • This competition is being run by Our Bury St Edmunds Business Improvement District, whose registered office is 2nd Floor, 2 Woolhall Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1LA. 
  • By entering this competition, the entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions and giving their permission for their entry to be used for publicity purposes.
  • The winner of the gift card will be randomly selected from all competition entires.
  • The gift card winner will then be notified via a direct message and the gift card will be posted to the winner once contact is made. The Our Bury St Edmunds gift card is subject to terms of use which can be found here.
  • The Our Bury St Edmunds gift card may not be exchanged for cash. 
  • The opening date for this competition is Monday the 12th April 2021 at 13:00 GMT. 
  • The closing date for this competition is Friday 16th April at 12:00 GMT. After this date no further entries to the competition will be permitted. 
  • No purchase or payment of any kind is neccessary to enter or win. 
  • To enter the competition, leave a comment on the competition Facebook post describing one reason why Bury St Edmunds town centre is a wonderful place to visit.
  • This competition is no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Any questions, comments or complaints regarding this competition will be directed to Our Bury St Edmunds. 
  • Our Bury St Edmunds reserves the right to disqualify any entry that violates the terms and conditions of the competition at their discretion.

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