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26/02/2021Road Map out of LockdownHopefully you will all have received my e mail on Monday with the pictorial explanation about the Government’s Step 4 plan. Since then there has been further clarification on certain aspects. On your behalf we will keep a close eye on developments regarding the plan and make you aware of any changes as soon as possible.

26/02/2021Pavement Licences (for attention of the Hospitality Sector)You may recall that last year as we came out of the first Lockdown the Government announced that they would be creating the concept of Pavement Licences to enable hospitality businesses to apply to place table and chairs outside of their premises, to increase their customer capacity at a time this was being limited internally due to social distancing requirements. I have contacted our MP to ascertain whether this approach will be duplicated as we come out of Lockdown3 at basically the same time as last year and when I know more I will let you know. Currently these licences are in existence until the end of September but for you to justify expenditure for new equipment I would hope that you would be reassured by these licences extending beyond just this year. If you want to know more about this then please e mail

26/02/2021Suffolk MindWe are very aware that the concerns about the mental health of people has risen considerably during the past year and you reopening your businesses and welcoming back staff and customers may, for some. increase this situation. This is a subject I only have limited knowledge of, so on your behalf we commissioned BID member, Suffolk Mind, to produce a short tailored presentation for you to all access for free, providing more information on this subject for you to view and share with your staff as you see fit. Additionally Suffolk Mind have voluntarily provided our members with access to a free half day training session on the subject of mental health and detail of how you can access this, is outlined, when you click on this link. I hope you find this resource interesting, informative and useful.

26/02/2021Media CoverageSince the Government announcement on Monday you may have noticed the interest from the media regarding what this actually means for town centres and the businesses trading on High Streets. Due to excellent relationship cultivated over a number of years by, we at the BID and particularly our PR representative, Clare Phillips, we have had considerable coverage of our town and our businesses this week. In addition to the usual excellent coverage we enjoy from the Bury Free Press, RWSFM and numerous local print publications the town and our members have been featured this week on About Anglia, Look East, Radio Suffolk twice and the BBC website did a feature on St Johns Street. Additionally our sister organisation Bury St Edmunds and Beyond have manged to get the town featured in the Evening Standard and are currently organising a number of media visits to the town for the summer. Keeping our town in the forefront of the minds of both the local community and those living within a 100 miles or so is a priority for us and of course we utilise numerous social media platforms to supplement all of the above. We are always looking to provide opportunities for our members to take part in interviews with the media, as we try to share around these exposure opportunities, so if you haven’t already made us aware that you would be very happy to be an interviewee in the future please just let me know and we will gladly add you to our media register.

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! 

Love Local 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 town centre business who receives the highest number of valid entries will receive a free advertisement in a local magazine. 
  • The winner of the gift card will be randomly selected from those who nominated the winning business. 
  • 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 Sunday the 14th February 2021 at 12:00 GMT. 
  • The closing date for this competition is Wednesday the 17th February at 00:00 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 nominating your favourite Bury St Edmunds town centre business. 
  • 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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