Financial Support update
I know that many of you have been contacted by West Suffolk Council staff this week regarding your eligibility for the £10K grant from the Government for those businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors with rateable values of under £15,000. I understand that many of you will have this money in your bank accounts on Monday which I know will be most welcome and I am delighted that the Council have administered this process so promptly and efficiently. I have been informed that contacting those businesses entitled to the larger £25K grant, which is those with RV between £15001 and £51000 will commence on Monday.
Don’t forget that any information issued by the Government or by other agencies that we think is of importance for our members, will be posted on our dedicated COVID- 19 page on our website and here is the link https://www.ourburystedmunds.com/business-support-coronavirus
Promoting businesses that are still trading
We have been providing regular updates to the public in regards of the above through the Our Bury St Eds FB page but this week we have also revamped the home page of the website to provide this information. We are still creating the page for Professional Services businesses and this should be live early next week. You will see that we are not just promoting BID businesses on these pages and at this time we want to support as many local businesses as possible. We have collated this information through a mixture of receiving messages from our members and researching digital resources. If you are trading and your business isn’t mentioned then please get in touch with my colleague firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to the coronavirus Covid-19 situation please note that all training organised by the BID has been cancelled until further notice. Whilst mike.kirkham@ourburystedmunds has attempted to contact individual businesses I wanted to make all recipients of this message aware of this unsurprising decision. As soon as we are in a position to recommence our training programme we will be in touch. In the meantime Mike is looking at online/remote training resources that might be available and beneficial to our members to access remotely.
I just wanted to drop you all a line regarding the effect that the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) might be having on your business. As we all realise this is a very difficult and unprecedented time for businesses. We will continue to promote Bury St Edmunds, paying close attention of course to advice given by Public Health England https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-employees-employers-and-businesses in what is an ever evolving situation. At this current time, our partners at Bury St Edmunds & Beyond still plan to launch their Abbey 1000 focussed digital campaign on March 23 (but with lots of mentions about what else is going on in Bury). Of course once things begin to return to normal we will be giving the destination big promotional push to get people back into Bury asap. Please do not hesitate to contact me if there is anything we can help with.
Angel Hill Roadworks
Hopefully by the end of today all the problems created in Tayfen Road in repairing a gas leak, will have ended and therefore the only major roadworks in town will be on Angel Hill. The contractors are 2/3rds of the way through the work and all has gone to plan so far. Hopefully all the work will be completed by the end of the month, so normality is only a fortnight away! The final phase of the work starts on Monday and should only take 2 weeks. The remaining work is repairing parts of the road edge with the car park and some smaller pieces of road between Angel Hill and Crown St, including replacing some drain covers. What this means is that there will be a change of traffic flow from Monday. Access to Angel Hill (as far as The Athenaeum) will ONLY be via Northgate and Eastgate Street. Access to Churchgate St will ONLY be via Crown Street. There will be NO through traffic access from Crown Street through to Mustow Street, as there has been for the past 4 weeks. We will put some messages out to this effect on social media but you might want to pass this message out to your customers so they know the changes to access Churchgate St & Angel Hill by vehicles.
Accepting all I have written within the above paragraph we are looking to work with Bury St Edmunds & Beyond, who are creating a blog about Mothers Day offers, promotions & events. They and Our Bury St Edmunds will also be spreading the word on social media too so please send brief details of what you have planned including any offers and please feel free to share any accompanying images with me please. The more you make me aware of what you are doing the more we can feature and talk and write about your business.
Corona Virus – latest Government Advice for the public
Obviously the situation regarding the Corona virus is an issue that is rapidly changing almost every hour so I appreciate it is very difficult to keep up to speed on all the developments so I thought providing you with a link to the Government website, where their advice is updated regularly and as appropriate, might be useful. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public
Corona Virus – Government have listed this as a Notifiable Disease
This week the Government has legally defined the virus as a notifiable disease and this might affect your insurance coverage so I wanted you to be aware of this and to provide you with the link to the Government website if you want to find out more about the impact of this decision.. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-covid-19-listed-as-a-notifiable-disease
Corona Virus – scams
Unfortunately, even disasters and diseases provide opportunities for criminals to exploit fears and concerns, for their own financial gains. Attached is a pdf of some corona related scams that have been discovered recently. Please feel free to disseminate this information, should you so wish, to your friends, family, staff and customers as you see fit.
Angel Hill Roadworks
If all of the above happening, possibly affecting your trade, wasn’t bad enough we also have our own local disruption occurring as a result of the roadworks on Angel Hill. We have been liaising with businesses, located on Angel Hill, on a regular basis and with the contractors on issues such as signage, working hours and pedestrian access. We have been well supported by the Bury Free Press who have run stories on the issue (including in todays paper) making people aware that the road is open (albeit just one way and one lane), the car park is open and the businesses are open. Additionally we have produced additional signage and are regularly posted similar messages on social media. The good news is that we are nearing the end of week 3 in a 6 week schedule. Despite the slight snow last week, the work has not been disrupted by weather and most importantly, to date, no issues have been found with the hardcore so the replacement of the blocks, has so far, gone as planned. If you have any concerns about the work, that you think we might be able to influence, please just get in touch