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Launch, awards, parking and circus

 
Record crowds enjoy Saturday's Street Circus
 
A brilliant day was had by all on Saturday, as we saw record crowds attend our BID funded Street Circus.
 
Feedback has been excellent, with many businesses commenting on increased Saturday footfall and visitors.
 
More than 2,900 people had expressed an interest in attending the event on the BID's Facebook, and the BID team ran numerous promotional campaigns, including getting event flyers in children's school bags at the start of the new term.
 
We have an album packed full of photos, so please see these by clicking HERE.
 
We'd love to have your feedback? Would you like to see the circus return next year? Anything you would do differently?
 
Let us know by emailing mark.mullen@northamptonbid.co.uk.
NTARS launch and awards evening
 
On Thursday, 26th September the BID is hosting an event which is exclusively for BID levy paying businesses in Northampton town centre.
 
The first part of the event is the launch of our all-new Northampton Town Anti-Social Behaviour Reporting Scheme (NTARS ).
 
NTARS is new crime and ASB intelligence sharing app, funded by the BID specifically for levy paying businesses to collate and share intelligence on anti-social behaviour and ‘low level crime’. 
 
Businesses which sign up will have the ability to directly report Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB), including rough sleepers, beggars and street drinking, as well as ‘low level’ offences such as environmental criminal damage, graffiti and fly-tipping.
 
The second part of the evening will be the B ID's Mystery Shopping Business Awards. There will be a drinks reception, canapes, a compere and professional photographer, with awards for customer service presented to dozens of businesses.
 
Please RSVP by clicking HERE.
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Car parking consultation - extension
 
Another reminder that the NCC c onsultation into car parking charges, which was initially due to finish last week, has been extended to Friday, 27th September.
 
Please email your feedback and thoughts before then to  Parkingenquiries@kierwsp.co.uk .
 
You can find out more about what the BID is doing and by reading our news story HERE.
 
Seeking businesses to host a Christmas Golden Ticket postbox
 
We are seeking 15 businesses to host a Golden Ticket postbox (from 3rd November until the prize draw on 14th December).
 
Golden Ticket is a festive competition designed to boost visitor numbers and raise the profile of Northampton town centre and its businesses.
 
This will largely work on a first come, first served basis although we will also be seeking to ensure there is a good spread of boxes across the whole of the town centre.
 
Please email mark@northamptonbid.co.uk if you are interested or chat to one of our Hosts. The deadline for registering your interest is Monday, 16th September at 5pm.
Preparing for Purple Flag month
 
Earlier this year Northampton town centre's nightlife won a top award for the second year running.
 
Judges from the Association of Town and City Management first awarded Purple Flag status to Northampton town centre last year and it was renewed this year – with Northampton one of only 70 town and city centres in the UK and Ireland with the award, which is comparable to the ‘Green Flag’ for parks and ‘Blue Flag’ for beaches.
 
This October is Purple Flag Month and in preparation the BID team will be out and about in the town centre on the evening of Tuesday, 17th September - capturing pictures and short films of pubs, clubs, restaurants and venues.
 
If you would like to be involved please email mark@northamptonbid.co.uk or chat to one of our Hosts.
 
Dates for your diary
 
  • Now-14th September - Northampton Memories.
  • 21st September - welcome weekend for students starting at The University of Northampton. The BID's food and drink directories will be included in welcome packs.
  • Thursday, 26th September - NTARS launch and Mystery Shopping Business Awards, Borjia, Castilian Street.
 
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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Street circus and parking update

Street Circus - September 7th
 
Our Street Circus is a free event for the whole family - packed with acrobatics, stunts, stilt walkers, magicians and so much more.
 
Come along from 11am to 4pm to see back to back events on the Market Square. Pull up a deckchair and bring the whole family.
 
For the first time we are also having a fancy dress competition, so come along in a circus-themed costume and join in the fun. We will have three prizes (no age restriction), so simply pop into the BID gazebo (to the right of the yellow bus), have your photo taken and we will announce the winners at 3pm.
 
A stilt walker and our Project Support Executive Kimberley and Host Bailey were in the town centre on Saturday, handing out leaflets and reminding families about this event - so please help us spread the word.
 
Find out more more about the event by clicking HERE - and see the schedule below.
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Car parking consultation - update
 
A small group of our Northampton town centre businesses met with NCC Officers last week to discuss the on-street parking charges proposal.
 
The meeting, originally scheduled for an hour, was two hours long, with businesses vocal about the proposal.
 
NCC told businesses that the parking proposal was financially driven, rather than motivated by a desire to reduce congestion . This was challenged by the group as letters issued to the businesses stated that congestion (as well as better use of the spaces available and the environmental impact) was the rationale behind the proposal.
 
At the meeting BID businesses formally asked NCC for the following:
 
  • To see a summary of submissions in response to the parking charges proposal and a meeting to discuss these.
  • To set up a working group to enable BID businesses to help the Council look at and identify alternative proposals.
 
Read the full story HERE.
 
The NCC consultation, which was due to finish Thursday, has been extended to Friday, 13th September. Please email your feedback and thoughts before then to  Parkingenquiries@kierwsp.co.uk .
 
Seeking businesses to host a Christmas Golden Ticket postbox
 
We are delighted to say that the BID's Golden Ticket will return this year - a festive competition designed to boost visitor numbers and raise the profile of Northampton town centre and its businesses.
 
We are now seeking 15 businesses to host a Golden Ticket postbox (from 3rd November until the prize draw on 14th December).
 
This will largely work on a first come, first served basis although we will also be seeking to ensure there is a good spread of boxes across the whole of the town centre.
 
Please email mark@northamptonbid.co.uk if you are interested or chat to one of our Hosts.
 
Dates for your diary
 
  • Now-14th September - Northampton Memories.
  • Saturday, 7th September - BID Street Circus, Market Square.
  • Thursday, 26th September - Mystery Shopping Business Awards, Borjia, Castilian Street.
 
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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You are receiving this email as an existing contact on the Northampton town centre BID update list under the GDPR legitimate interest criteria. If you wish, you can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link at the bottom of this email.
 
This email is sent to you as a business located in the
Northampton Town Centre Business Improvement District (BID) 
or partner interested in BID activity
Northampton BID is project managed by Partnerships for Better Business Ltd (pfbb UK)
 
 
01604 837766
 
STAY CONNECTED
 
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