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30/04/2021Whitsun FayreThis event will take place on Sunday 30th & Monday (Bank Holiday) 31st May and we are about to finalise the site plan for the event. If any BID member would like to have a presence at this event , on either day, please contact my colleague Jackie, as there is some space available at this time but it is likely to be allotted to others during the next week so if you are interested then please give her a call on 01284 766258 or via email to Jackie.regan@ourburystedmunds.com

30/04/2021Important Update – Joining New BID Members Community Facebook GroupFurther to my e mail on this subject a couple of weeks ago, It has come to our attention that we are only able to invite personal profiles to the Our Bury St Edmunds BID Members Community Group and businesses pages are required to request to join themselves. To simplify the process we have created the attached revised instructions to assist you. We apologise for any confusion or delay caused and we look forward to welcoming you to the new group very soon. If you have any further queries please contact mike.kirkham@ourburystedmunds.com

30/04/2021Bury Free Press Advert OpportunityAs part of our #BuryBouncingBack Campaign the Bury Free Press are keen to support local business and enterprise. On the 21st May they are putting together a shop local feature, specifically celebrating the wealth and diversity of the businesses in and around Bury St Edmunds. The feature will be made up of 8 advert spaces per page, a product placement picture and mini edit highlighting a specific product / service that represents your business, as well as a pin and listing on an interactive google map that will be available on the Bury Free Press website until the end of June, and posted to Bury Free Press social media followers. The combination of print and online exposure will increase the potential audience to over 301,000 a month. The cost is being offered to BID businesses at a discounted rate of £50 per advert. If you would like your business to be featured or if you would like more information please email michelle.driver@iliffepublishing.co.uk

30/04/2021Re-opening updateAs we approach the end of the third week of trading since non-essential retail could recommence trading I thought it was a good opportunity to appraise you of the situation in the town centre town centre; Footfall has steadily increased, with last week being 92% of the figure for the same week in 2019 Last Saturday was the busiest day since 12th April More currently vacant units have new tenants or interested parties engaged with commercial agents Extended vehicle closure of Abbeygate St. has been very positively received, with hospitality businesses taking space with outside seating Just over a fortnight until hospitality businesses can reopen with indoor service

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Whitsun Fayre

This event will take place on Sunday 30th & Monday (Bank Holiday) 31st May and we are about to finalise the site plan for the event. If any BID member would like to have a presence at this event , on either day, please contact my colleague Jackie, as there is some space available at this time but it is likely to be allotted to others during the next week so if you are interested then please give her a call on 01284 766258 or via email to Jackie.regan@ourburystedmunds.com

Important Update – Joining New BID Members Community Facebook Group

Further to my e mail on this subject a couple of weeks ago, It has come to our attention that we are only able to invite personal profiles to the Our Bury St Edmunds BID Members Community Group and businesses pages are required to request to join themselves.

 

To simplify the process we have circulated revised instructions to assist you. We apologise for any confusion or delay caused and we look forward to welcoming you to the new group very soon. If you have any further queries please contact mike.kirkham@ourburystedmunds.com

Bury Free Press Advert Opportunity

As part of our #BuryBouncingBack Campaign the Bury Free Press are keen to support local business and enterprise. On the 21st May they are putting together a shop local feature, specifically celebrating the wealth and diversity of the businesses in and around Bury St Edmunds. The feature will be made up of 8 advert spaces per page, a product placement picture and mini edit highlighting a specific product / service that represents your business, as well as a pin and listing on an interactive google map that will be available on the Bury Free Press website until the end of June, and posted to Bury Free Press social media followers. The combination of print and online exposure will increase the potential audience to over 301,000 a month.

 

The cost is being offered to BID businesses at a discounted rate of £50 per advert. If you would like your business to be featured or if you would like more information please email michelle.driver@iliffepublishing.co.uk

Re-opening update

As we approach the end of the third week of trading since non-essential retail could recommence trading I thought it was a good opportunity to appraise you of the situation in the town centre town centre;

  • Footfall has steadily increased, with last week being 92% of the figure for the same week in 2019 Last Saturday was the busiest day since 12th April
  • More currently vacant units have new tenants or interested parties engaged with commercial agents
  • Extended vehicle closure of Abbeygate St. has been very positively received, with hospitality businesses taking space with outside seating
  • Just over a fortnight until hospitality businesses can reopen with indoor service

Pavement Licences

Just a reminder to all of our hospitality businesses that if it is your intention to serve food or drink outside of your premises on footpaths, adjacent to your premises you must have a valid pavement licence in order to be able legally do this. These are issued by the Licensing section of the West Suffolk Council and here is the link Current pavement licence applications to enable you to find out more about the licence and how you can apply for it.

Welcome back from the Market

The team at West Suffolk Markets would like to welcome back the town centre businesses and hope that the first week or so of trading has been a success. The market is now back to full strength, with more stallholders joining us in the coming weeks.

 

With this in mind they would like to remind everyone that there is no vehicular access to the Buttermarket and Cornhill on Wednesdays and Saturday between 6am and 6pm. This applies to contractors, deliveries and staff. They would be grateful if you could make anyone who is not familiar with the town aware of this when organising access to your business.

 

If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact them to talk through any particular issues. Please email markets@westsuffolk.gov.uk

Motorsport East 2021 Event

We are in the process of organising this event for Sunday 25th July, where we are anticipating around 50 motorsport vehicles being displayed within the Buttermarket and Cornhill. Understandably the focus on the day will be the cars but we would also like to offer any BID business a free pitch for the day and to be able to have access to all who visit the event. If you require a gazebo and want us to arrange this for you, then there will be a charge to cover this cost. Further details will soon be published about the event itself but if you would like to have a presence at the event then please contact my colleague Jackie on 01284 766258 or via e mail at Jackie.regan@ourburystedmunds.com

AGM

Here’s early notice that we intend to hold our AGM on Tuesday 27th July at The Guildhall from 6pm. Further details to follow but just wanted to give you all the opportunity to put this in your diary/calendar.

Government Grants

West Suffolk Council are doing all they can to issue relevant grants to local businesses, in accordance with Government Guidance and I know that many of you have recently received automatic payments into your bank accounts. If that has not been the case and you want to check your eligibility then please e mail jonathan.miles@westsuffolk.gov.uk who will be able to assist you with your enquiry.

Future Free Training

As many of you will be aware, in previous years, we have offered an extensive free training programme for our members but unfortunately over the past 12 months this has been reduced due to Covid restrictions. My colleague Jackie is looking to collate details of those who would like to attend training courses later this year on the subjects of First Aid, Fire Marshall, Food Safety and Personal Alcohol Licences.

 

If you are interested in you or your staff participating in any of these then please drop us an e mail to Jackie.regan@ourburystedmunds.com

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