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17/05/2019Whitsun Fayre Social media bannersAs 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

17/05/2019Pay 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.

17/05/2019Ten Good Deeds at the arcYou 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.

17/05/2019Theatre Star TrailThis joint initiative between the BID and the Theatre Royal, to celebrate their 200th anniversary, commences next Saturday (25th) and will involve 25 stars being placed on the ground around the town centre, each with the name of an artist who has performed at the Theatre Royal and as I type this all but just 1 are sponsored by a local company. The challenge is for people to find all 25 stars and to place the name of each performer on the entry from (available from participating businesses and the Tourism Points in the town). There will be 10 prizes allocated from all the correct entries we receive at the BID offices. The trail runs throughout the summer until the 27th October and I am confident that thousands of people will take part in the trail and bring additional footfall past the door of many of our businesses.

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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.

Theatre Star Trail

 

This joint initiative between the BID and the Theatre Royal, to celebrate their 200th anniversary, commences next Saturday (25th) and will involve 25 stars being placed on the ground around the town centre, each with the name of an artist who has performed at the Theatre Royal and as I type this all but just 1 are sponsored by a local company. The challenge is for people to find all 25 stars and to place the name of each performer on the entry from (available from participating businesses and the Tourism Points in the town). There will be 10 prizes allocated from all the correct entries we receive at the BID offices. The trail runs throughout the summer until the 27th October and I am confident that thousands of people will take part in the trail and bring additional footfall past the door of many of our businesses.

Networking events

 

Thanks to those of you who were able to join us at the Athenaeum last month and it was good to make those present aware of our thoughts for the forthcoming years. We appreciate that an evening meeting isn’t best suited for everyone so we have organised a breakfast meeting next Tuesday (14th) between 7.30-8.30am, that will be held at Bills in Abbeygate Street. If you want to pop along (and haven’t already made us aware) then please get in touch so we can adjust our catering arrangements.

Pay on Exit (Flexi-Park) car parking 3 month trial – starts next month

 

On your behalf I am absolutely delighted to see that the newly created West Suffolk Council have announced that a 3 month Pay on Exit pilot, will commence next month, in the St Andrews Street North car park. The BID has been lobbying for this for a number of years as we have listened to your countless examples of when you have lost out on a sale because a potential customer has had to leave your businesses for fear of receiving an “over staying” car parking ticket. We now need to work with yourselves to let as many people as possible know about this trial so I have attached the initial media release from the Council and would ask that you share this with your friends, family, staff and customers so they all know about this facility. We will be updating you regularly on this subject over the coming weeks as we are hopeful that if the trial is a success (i.e. is used by many people) then this scheme will be introduced into other car parks in the near future, so watch this space!

Bury in Bloom- Certificates of Merit

 

You will all no doubt be aware of the importance of the floral displays in creating an attractive environment across the town centre and we work closely with the Bury in Bloom organisation to achieve this. As they did last year they will again be utilising their Certificate of Merit scheme to recognise those residences and businesses who do that little bit extra to florally decorate their premises and locations for the overall benefit of the town. So here’s hoping that a number of you will receive certificates of merit this year!

OVO Womens Cycle Tour

 

The County of Suffolk is hosting the first stage of this Internationally renowned cycle race, where Bury St Edmunds has previously hosted the overall start and finish of the event in previous years. The riders are scheduled to pass through Bury at around 1.30pm on Monday 10th June. Their route into town will be down Eastgate Street, through Mustow Street, into Angel Hill and then on into Crown Street. It would be great if we could decorate their route and the wider town centre with some bunting, flags etc (and I can provide this free of charge) so if any of you want to get into the spirit of the event then please, just get in touch.

Travel to work Survey

 

This year’s Travel to Work Survey is now open. The survey, run by Suffolk County Council, is open to everyone that lives or works in Suffolk and provides information to help monitor the success of past transport schemes and develop future transport policy and local actions, so your time today will help shape things for tomorrow. If you wish to complete it please click on this link https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/TTW2019/

A positive end to this message

 

We at the BID are very aware of how challenging the current environment is for business in town centres across the Country and that Bury St Edmunds is no exception. Having said this I am delighted to hear today that our Debenhams store is not listed in the first tranche of national store closures, that footfall for the first quarter in Bury was 4% up on the same period last year and that the Sunday Times has recently designated Bury as the best place to live in the East of England. So lots of positive new about our town centre and as always if there is anything we at the BID can do to assist you and your business please just get in touch.

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