TERM 3 2022 - 2027
Read why Newbury BID is so important to local businesses like yours, and learn why business owners and managers will be voting ‘YES!’ to a third Newbury BID term when their ballot papers arrive at the end of January.
We will be voting 'YES' for another term for the Newbury BID team, as we believe the BID is working hard to deliver on its objectives for local business.
Under Melissa's leadership, I have been very grateful for how they adapted to the circumstances and helped the whole town to work together. Initially, the simple newsletters were providing an invaluable information resource saving me time and effort digesting the ever changing rules and regulations. But also, sharing stories about how other businesses were adapting to the situation. As time went on their focus changed to how Newbury could open up safely and how we could encourage people back into the town. They have worked tirelessly with the police, both councils, and businesses across the town to bring Newbury back to life.
The lights of most businesses were turned off in March 2020, but I am hopeful that the Christmas Lights Switch-On Festival in late November is sign of a brighter future for Newbury town centre and the BID team are a key part of making that happen!
I know that some business owners are sceptical of the BID and what it does for Newbury, and what they ‘get for their money’. I’d be less than honest if I didn’t say that previously I fell into that camp. However, observing the work that is undertaken by the BID team, and the services they provide us, which may otherwise not be provided, I firmly believe that the BID provides more than value for money. From cardboard collecting to arranging events, marketing and other footfall drivers, providing Christmas lights, lobbying on businesses' behalf and being the guardians of the Visit Newbury brand, the BID is instrumental in putting Newbury on the map and I am honoured to be the current Chair. I will be voting YES for a third term as I believe that Newbury BID is working hard in delivering what I, as a business owner, need to keep my businesses moving forward.
The bi-weekly newsletter keeps me informed of all upcoming projects, and I can take full advantage of any that suit my business, namely the Artisan Market, Victorian Christmas Fayre and the Christmas Lights Switch-On Festival. They also help with free cardboard collection which helps my business be a little bit greener. Thank you BID and keep up the good work.
They have transformed the way the BID operates within the town in so many areas, with the marketing of the town and digital presences, a revamped website which now has four times the unique views than previously, incredible TV and bus adverts, fun packed family events throughout the summer and then the unbelievable day-long Christmas Light Switch-On Festival, that took place recently.
This is only a small part of their programme and I am proud to be a keen supporter of Newbury BID and the town as a whole, professionally and personally.
All of this could not be achieved without the Newbury BID and the team working as hard as they do in such difficult circumstances bouncing back from a pandemic. We really would miss them and the work they do, so its going to be a big ‘YES’ from me come ballot time.
The Town Council has many shared interests with the BID and we will continue to work in close partnership in key areas such as Town Centre CCTV, Christmas Lights, and making our town centre more attractive all the year round.
The Town Council pays the BID levy and we believe that it is great value for money. We strongly encourage all town centre businesses to vote for another term for the BID so that we can retain this vital town centre support.
They have planned in some excellent activities such as the Christmas Lights Switch-On Festival and the exciting Victorian Christmas Fayre! I had never attended a BID meeting until this year and that was down to the amount of communication they put out this year and the positivity at the meeting was infectious, I will be sure to attend more when they happen!
The fortnightly comms are highly informative and easy to navigate. The BID team surpassed themselves during the Covid lockdowns, providing vital information to members and fighting for their needs with the relevant authorities.
The new team has a real dynamism, huge commitment and imagination, all of which have been applied to the increasing number of events and the revamped website, social media presence and planning. This year’s Christmas Lights Switch-On was a triumph and attracted huge footfall. And the Victorian Christmas Fayre promises to bring in more visitors to Newbury which will benefit us all.
This team and the BID organisation is perfectly set up to carry the momentum forward for the next five-years, so I highly recommend voting 'YES'!
It is therefore with a resounding “YES” that I will back the BID renewal and encourage local businesses to do the same. In the past few months, we have seen the passion and drive of the team carry momentum, delivering on their promise to make Newbury a special destination for all visitors.
We have seen footfall increase above the national trend, our town continues to thrive in a challenging economy and the number of events hosted adds to the theatre and attraction of Newbury as THE place to visit.
I definitely share the view of local business leaders that the BID is having a positive effect in supporting and improving trading conditions in the Town centre.
Recently I put myself forward for the BID Board. Not only have I met like minded independent business owners, but I have been able to participate in activities that help to promote our wonderful town and local small businesses. I will be voting YES!
In the past six months alone, we’ve enjoyed Artisan and Vegan markets, live music in the Market Place, a Food and Drink Festival, Christmas Lights Switch-On Festival and Victorian Christmas Fayre – as a long-time supporter of the BID, West Berkshire Council will be voting 'YES' in the coming ballot and I can’t wait to see what exciting events the BID has planned for the next five years!
Newbury BID, well done and a huge thank you from the Innkeepers!