Bury St Edmunds and Beyond
As a BID member, you automatically become a member of the Official Tourism brand for the town and benefit from the targeted digital marketing to encourage people from further afield to visit the town. The profile of Bury as a visitor destination has changed considerably since the creation of the www.burystedmundsandbeyond.co.uk website, with nearly half a million people having visited the website in the past 12 months. If you would like to receive the members bi monthly e-newsletter and/or the consumers monthly e-newsletter, (and friends, family and colleagues can sign up to this one too if they wish) to find out more about the work of the organisation and how it can benefit you and your business then just drop a line to the Brand and Marketing Manager email@example.com and she can add you to her circulation list.
Food and Drink Festival
It’s just over a month until our premier event and we want as many people as possible to come to our lovely town to enjoy the festival and see what else is here so they return in the future! To assist us in this regard it would be great if you were able to share our preview video with your customers, friends, relatives, staff etc. To do this all you need to do is click on this link to our YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtGH5aVM9yM Once you get the video playing just scroll down below it and click on the share icon and then you can then post it onto Facebook and/or twitter and share it with your followers. Also if you want to use any of our social media branding to promote this event then please click on this link; https://www.ourburystedmunds.com/events-members and scroll down the page and download whichever images you wish to use.
We currently have a number of places available on the following varied training courses; Emergency First Aid at Work one day course on Tuesday 22nd October and Tuesday 5th November between 9am-5pm at West Suffolk College with lunch included Fire Marshal / Warden a ½ day course on Tuesday 4th November between 9.30-12.30pm at The Farmers Club HABC Level 2 Award in Food Safety one day course on Tuesday 7th October between 9-5pm at West Suffolk College with lunch included Customer Service Excellence a ½ day course on Tuesday 2nd September between 9am-12.30pm at West Suffolk College BII Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders (APLH) This training is organised on a needs basis for those businesses that are authorised for the sale of alcohol from a licensed premises. This is a one day course available monthly with lunch included and is delivered by Greene King at their Head Office in town. If you would like a place on any of these courses (FREE of charge!) please contact Mike Kirkham firstname.lastname@example.org . Also, if you have a particular training requirement, that currently we aren’t catering for, then let us know and we will explore how we might be able to provide this for your business.
Most of you will be aware that we ran a campaign promoting Independent businesses at the beginning of the month and what a fabulous week it was! If you or any of your staff took part in the group photo on Angel Hill or had a personal visit from the town crier and you or they would like us to send over the photos we took then again just contact Mike at email@example.com
Latest Version Free Town Map
Due to the huge popularity of our free retail maps we have just received the most recent version and had 15,000 printed. We are continually updating the map to increase its relevance and the additional features in this edition include the pay on exit trial and mention of the Theatre Royal Star Trail. The maps are at various locations across the town, including the Visitor information Points, car parks, hotels and within many of our businesses. If any of you don’t already have some but would like the new maps, along with our a free A5 style counter map stands, then once more Mike is the man to contact! The digital version has already been uploaded onto our website, where it can be downloaded from, if required.
Network Event at Neptune
Just a final reminder that our next network meeting is scheduled for the Neptune showroom in St Andrews Street South, from 6pm next Thursday. In order to make the necessary catering arrangements please let us know if you intend coming along and if so , if you have any dietary requirements. Just drop an e mail to me or firstname.lastname@example.org
St Nicholas Hospice Accumulator Challenge
Greene & Greene are once again proud to be supporting St Nicholas Hospice by taking part in the 2019 Accumulator Challenge. This year they are moving the event outside, for a team assault course challenge, at the Playground in Barrow (which is just 10 minutes from Bury). This should be a fantastic event, and will be organised so that teams of all abilities can take part and have fun Please see the attached flyer for details of the event. If you would like to enter a team, please reply to Jools Windermere at email@example.com.
Friday Food Fayre on 19th July
The Council’s markets team are arranging a one off Friday Food Fest event in the Cornhill on Friday 19th July. In order to maximise this opportunity the event will cover lunch and dinner, so will run from noon until 9pm. I have previously made BID members aware of this event but there is still time (but not that much time!) to book a pitch if you want to be part of this event but the organiser, Sharon Fairweather, needs to know of your interest by end of play on Tuesday (9th July). Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bury Free Press Business Awards
If you have seen todays BFP you will see a full page article about BID business, Gavin Ashley, who’s owner Gavin Downes won an award at last years Business awards. If you enter and are short listed or even win an award the amount of FREE publicity is considerable. We sponsor the customer service award but there are a number of award categories and I would urge our members to enter these prestigious local awards. The closing date for nominations is Friday 26th July , so basically there’s 3 weeks left (plenty of time!) to get your nomination in! To find out what you need to do just visit https://www.iliffemediapromotions.co.uk/bury-business-awards/
Pay on Exit Parking
As you know the above was introduced, nearly 4 weeks ago, into the St Andrews Street North car park , without affecting any of the Long Stay parking bays, which are predominantly used by the employees of BID businesses. It is fair to say that there were some initial teething problems with the machines & the technology but I am assured that all has been resolved. The machines have also been adapted so they are part of the “FREE from 3” parking offer every Tuesday. The next step is for the public to become familiar with the machines and then for us all to encourage more and more people to use this car park as they can stay for as long as they wish and pay on leaving, rather than having to pay and display and predict in advance how long they want to stay in town! Your support in this regard would be much appreciated and if you become aware of any problems with the car park or the machines please let me know.