NHS Covid-19 app
Ahead of the national launch of the NHS COVID-19 app across England and Wales on Thursday 24 September, the Government is urging businesses like pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and cinemas to ensure they have the NHS QR code posters visible on entry so all customers who have a smartphones can scan your QR code as they check-in.I mentioned this is an e mail I circulated to you last Friday. In case you haven’t already received this information this is the link to the latest Government Guidance on encouraging businesses to use the new NHS app to record contact details of customers https://www.gov.uk/government/news/businesses-urged-to-prepare-for-nhs-covid-19-app . This other link links takes you to downloadable resources you can use, including how to create your own personalised NHS Poster complete with QR code identifiable to just your business https://www.gov.uk/create-coronavirus-qr-poster If you need any further help/advice/guidance etc then please don’t hesitate to contact myself of my colleague Mike.Kirkham@ourburystedmunds.com
New Town Centre App - Awareness / Training Session
To help our members get the most out of the new app and to help those yet to get started we have set up an online training session via Zoom with the app provider LoyalFree. It is for next Monday 21st September- 4.30pm and will last approximately 30 minutes. To take advantage of this training please use this link https://zoom.us/j/97712425453 . If you have any queries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
New Cocktail Trail for Town Centre App
One of the many benefits of the new town centre app is the creation of tours and trails to help encourage footfall and promote BID businesses – we have already added The Ale Trail, Dog Friendly Trail, Great Deals on Great Meals and Blue Plaque Trail. Trails provide another great way to help visitors explore the town centre and discover businesses, and depending on your business you could feature on multiple trails. The next trail we’d like to add is a Cocktail Trail and to ensure we don’t miss any businesses that offers cocktails please email email@example.com and let him know you’d like to be added.
Planet Earth is coming to town!
To quote Duran Duran. “This is Planet Earth!” and it’s in the Apex from the 3rd to the 18th October inclusive! Why not make the most of your lunch break and visit Gaia - the seven-metre replica of planet Earth which will be suspended three meters above The Apex’s auditorium floor.
Gaia has recently been shown in Hong Kong, Australia, Taiwan and at the Natural History Museum in London, so we're delighted to have her in Bury St Edmunds! Attached is a photo of what to expect and it follows on from the large moon that visited the Apex last year.
Gaia is free to attend but as The Apex has not been able to host a live show since March, there is a recommended donation of £3 per person. To book your tickets, to ensure that social distancing requirements are adhered to just click on this link - https://www.theapex.co.uk/whats-on/details.cfm?id=600747&ins=803390
Town Gift Card
Further to earlier messages about the above I just wanted to make you aware that will be launching the card on Monday 19th October and will issuing media releases accordingly. Thank you to those businesses who have already signed up to accept the card but if you haven’t and would like to then please click on this link http://bit.ly/burygiftcard and if you want to know anything further then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me. We will be heavily promoting the card as an ideal Christmas gift for friend, relations and colleagues and to keep this spend in the town centre. If you are not registered you won’t be able to accept the card and benefit from this additional spend.
Town Gift Card
As I mentioned last week we will launching be Town Centre Gift Card next month in order for it to be used in your businesses during the run up to Christmas. The card works on the Mastercard platform and the only cost for accepting the card will be your usual MC commission. In order to register your business to be able to accept the Bury St Edmunds Gift Card all you need to do is click on the following link: http://bit.ly/burygiftcard where some brief details about your business are required and you will then need to officially sign up to accept the card. The business partnership regarding the card is between the BID and the Card Company (Miconex) and we are initially signing up for a 3 year partnership. Once the above has been completed the only other thing to do is to create a cancelled transaction which can be carried out remotely or I can come in to your business and do this with you and then you are up and running. Attached is a outline of how the card works.
Miconex will be running a national Christmas promotional campaign for all of the 30 plus towns that have a gift card scheme that they run and we will obviously be part of this. In essence for very little effort from yourselves we hope to bring to you additional business over the next few years and want to have over 100 of our members signed up to accept the card before the end of the year. If you are interested then please register your interest and sign up by clicking on the above link and if I can be of any further help just get in touch.
Online Training & Information Session for new App
As you will have seen from previous updates and our social media messages, we have launched a new mobile place promotions app in partnership with award winning LoyalFree. The app provides many benefits to our members including promotion of their brand to locals and visitors and marketing opportunities of their offers, loyalty schemes and events AND it’s FREE to BID members. To help our members to fully appreciate what the app can do for them we have arranged for a dedicated Zoom video conferencing training session with the LoyalFree Team. This will be delivered on Monday 21st September at 4.30pm , will consist of a presentation and a Q & A session and last no more than 1 hour. To make this session worthwhile it’d be helpful if you could confirm if you’d like to book a place(s) for this by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org . Once we know the level of interest we will then provide those registered with the necessary Zoom log in details. I am sure you appreciate that the more our members add to the app the more successful it will be and encourage more people to shop locally.
BID AGM – Function room at Casa – Risbygate St 6pm Tuesday 15th September 2020
Due to restrictions connected to the Corona virus we were unable to hold our AGM, in June, as we normally would but we intend rearranging it (subject to Government Guidance) for the above time, date and location, where social distancing measures will be observed. Due to this there will be a limitation on the number of people who can attend so if you would like to do so please contact @Jackie Regan so she can take your details and can you also make her aware if you have any dietary requirements. The meeting is an opportunity to hear a review of the financial year 2019/20 but also to hear of our plans, intentions and ambitions for the remainder of 20/21 as well as meeting some of the BID board, BID staff and other BID members.
Safer Cycle September
The County Council are co-ordinating the above campaign to encourage as many people to cycle this month as possible. As we are all aware there are health benefits to exercise and if more people cycle then roads become less congested. It would be great if businesses wanted to encourage their staff to cycle to work. Attached is a poster outlining in more detail this initiative and the benefits available to participants and businesses.
Keep Britain Tidy Campaign
The above national campaign will run from 11th to 27th September inclusive and is supported locally by West Suffolk Council. I am mentioning this as I am aware that previously some of our members have asked about how they or their staff could improve the cleanliness of the area around their businesses or indeed within the wider community. The Council are loaning out equipment on a first come first served basis. If you want to find out more about this opportunity please e mail email@example.com or visit https://www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/lwyl/arrangelitterpick.cfm