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Get involved - Heritage trail, Northampton Memories and town centre events

Northampton Memories
 
Help us celebrate the town centre’s history and heritage and sign up for 'Northampton Memories' - which is being supported by Northamptonshire Central Library.
 
Register your interest first and the BID will provide you with an A4 vinyl frame to stick in your window - which you can then fill with old photos, clippings, receipts and memorabilia.
 
Alternatively, we can help source old photos for your frame – just let us know. This one, of The Drapery, has been provided by Northampton Central Library.
 
Frames will be hand delivered to businesses on or around August 24th and Northampton Memories will run until 14th September (to coincide with the National Heritage weekends) with shoppers and visitors encouraged to explore the town centre and enjoy the range of Northampton Memories.
 
The BID will also run a social media campaign encouraging the public and all businesses to get involved by sharing town centre memories and photos. #CelebrateNorthampton #NorthamptonMemories
 
Thank you to all those who have already signed up ...
 
To get involved please talk to one of our Hosts, call the BID office o n 01604 837766 or em ail info@northamptonbid.co.uk
Seeking heritage trail prizes
 
I n August Northampton Borough Council is running, in partnership with the Looking Glass theatre, an interactive Heritage Treasure Quest that will see teams explore the town centre and compete to find clues from buildings, statues and businesses in the fastest time.
 
This is designed to bring extra visitors into the town centre, so the BID is supporting the event by asking businesses to donate prizes for the winning teams.
 
Abington Street’s A-Plan Insurance has already donated a children’s ride on car and other prizes have been pledged by Finn and Co, 78 Derngate and Pizza Express.
 
The BID will promote all the businesses that get involved, to maximise your PR and thank you for your support.
 
So, to get involved please talk to one of our Hosts, call the BID office o n 01604 837766 or em ail info@northamptonbid.co.uk
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Graduation season
 
Tha nk you to the businesses which responded to last week's e-bulletin and provided us with special offers and promotions - which, as promised, the University will be promoting to its graduates.
 
These were Bar with No Name, Café Track, Costa Coffee, Ernest Jones, Mexicassa, Michael Jones Jewellers, Naked Hair, Olly B’s, Pizza Express, The Old Bank, Topshop/Topman, WHSMith.
 
From 23rd to 26th July around 2,200 students (along with their 7,000+ guests) will be attending an awards ceremony in the town centre - so do make the most of the extra footfall and let us know if you are planning anything special.
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New car parking charges now in operation
 
As many of you will already know new car parking charges came into effect on 1st July.
 
 The original proposals by the council were widely criticised by traders and shoppers and the BID played an instrumental role in challenging these.
 
Businesses felt while having two hours free parking was a positive, it was misleading as anyone staying a minute longer, up to three hours, was charged £2.40. Businesses told the council that customers regularly stopped shopping to rush off and get the free parking and avoid the huge hike in price for anything over two hours.
 
So, the BID suggested a simpler charging structure of £1 per hour, which the council adopted. If you didn't spot it do take a moment to read this article in the Chronicle & Echo, in which the BID's role is referenced. Click HERE .
 
Dates for your diary
 
  • Mid July - For those businesses who have signed up for Mystery Shopping just a reminder that the Storecheckers assessors will be visiting businesses this month.
  • From July - Shoe Plants will return. Get involved by contacting the BID office.
  • Wednesday, 17th July, 5.30pm-8pm, Meet the Directors, Pizza Express, Northampton. Please register your interest by chatting to one of our Hosts, calling 01604 837766 or emailing info@northamptonbid.co.uk.
  • Friday, 26th July, 10am - Google Digital Garage, The Deco, Abington Square, from 10am-11am on July 26th. Find out more and register HERE.
  • 23rd July-31st August - Northampton by the Sea, courtesy of Northampton Borough Council - all the fun of the beach on the Market Square.
  • From 24th July - Shoe Sculpture Trail, developed by Northampton Borough Council and supported by the BID. 12 giant shoe sculptures will be dotted throughout the town centre.
 
Useful contacts and telephone numbers
 
Environment: If you have any environmental issues here are the contact details. Go online HERE , email enquiries@northampton.gov.uk or call 0300 330 7000.
 
Anti social behaviour - this is any kind of behaviour that causes alarm, harassment or distress. Always call 999 in emergencies. For more information and details go online HERE .
 
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Get involved - Northampton Memories, Graduations and more

 

Celebrate our town centre's heritage
 
Northampton town centre BID is launching 'Northampton Memories' - designed to celebrate our history and heritage.
 
The BID is offering all businesses a window poster of an ornate A4 frame which businesses can then fill with old photos, clippings, receipts, memorabilia and memories. 
 
You may have old photos of the town centre, of former staff, of publicity printed in the local papers. Or alternatively there is a wealth of photos available via a Facebook page called Northampton Memories, Northampton. These will be perfect for your Northampton Memories frame.
 
Some of your businesses may only be a few years old but we would still like you to get involved and share photos and memories from your launch days.
 
We will run a social media campaign from August 24th to 14th September, highlighting those businesses who have displayed a poster in their window or an ‘old memory’ in their premises , encouraging shoppers and visitors to make a special trip into the town centre to hunt out the Northampton Memories frames.
 
The project will run from the end of August to the second weekend in September to coincide with the National Heritage weekends. Get involved and make the most of this free publicity
 
How to get involved?
We need to order frames so we need to you to register your interest and let us know what size frame you would like. Please talk to one of our Hosts (Bailey and Kimberley are pictured above), call the BID office o n 01604 837766 or em ail info@northamptonbid.co.uk
Northampton Forward update
 
Northampton's bid for a £25 million Government grant to transform the town centre has got through the first round.
 
The Government has announced that Northampton has been shortlisted to submit a detailed bid for support from its Future High Streets Fund.
 
Northampton Forward, a collection of town leaders including Northampton town centre BID, submitted an expression of interest to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government in March.
 
This was one of 300 submissions from across the country. We will update you as news and updates unfold. In the meantime all the details are HERE.
 
Seeking heritage trail prizes
 
In August the borough council is running, in partnership with the Looking Glass theatre, an interactive Heritage Treasure Quest that will see teams explore the town centre and compete to find clues from buildings, statues and businesses in the fastest time.
 
The BID is supporting the event, designed to bring extra visitors into the town centre, and we are appealing for prizes for the winning teams.
 
We are seeking prizes to go into hampers - everything from food and drink to theatre tickets, gifts, branded goodies and more.
 
The BID will promote all the businesses that get involved, to maximise your PR and thank you for your support.
 
To get involved please talk to one of our Hosts, call the BID office o n 01604 837766 or em ail info@northamptonbid.co.uk
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Graduation set to bring thousands into the town centre
 
Graduation ceremonies for students at the University of Northampton are set to take place this month - an opportunity for town centre businesses to capitalise on the extra footfall.
 
Across a four day period (from 23rd to 26th July) around 2,200 students (along with their 7,000+ guests) will be attending an awards ceremony in the town centre.
 
The University is putting together a series of promotional materials to offer students and their guests local offers, deals and discounts. This is likely to include a printed flyer which will detail all the offers and be included in graduation packs.
 
You can get involved. Please contact us with the following information before 5pm on Friday, 12th July.

  • Name and job title:
  • Business name:
  • Social media details:
  • Your special offer:
 
Please talk to one of our Hosts, call the BID office o n 01604 837766 or em ail info@northamptonbid.co.uk.
 
Dates for your diary
 
  • Mid July - For those businesses who have signed up for Mystery Shopping just a reminder that the Storecheckers assessors will be visiting businesses this month.
  • From July - Shoe Plants will return. Get involved by contacting the BID office.
  • Wednesday, 17th July, 5.30pm-8pm, Meet the Directors, Pizza Express, Northampton. Please register your interest by chatting to one of our Hosts, calling 01604 837766 or emailing info@northamptonbid.co.uk.
  • Friday, 26th July, 10am - Google Digital Garage, The Deco, Abington Square, from 10am-11am on July 26th. Find out more and register HERE.
  • 23rd July-31st August - Northampton by the Sea, courtesy of Northampton Borough Council - all the fun of the beach on the Market Square.
  • From 24th July - Shoe Sculpture Trail, developed by Northampton Borough Council and supported by the BID. 12 giant shoe sculptures will be dotted throughout the town centre.
 
Useful contacts and telephone numbers
 
Environment: If you have any environmental issues here are the contact details. Go online HERE , email enquiries@northampton.gov.uk or call 0300 330 7000.
 
Anti social behaviour - this is any kind of behaviour that causes alarm, harassment or distress. Always call 999 in emergencies. For more information and details go online HERE .
 
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or partner interested in BID activity
Northampton BID is project managed by Partnerships for Better Business Ltd (pfbb UK)
 
 
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