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BID Manager, business workshops and Easter plans

Thank you to Chris Barker
 
Some businesses have been kindly asking after Chris Barker, our BID Project Manager.
 
We are sorry to advise you that Chris was taken ill at the end of last year and is now on long term sick leave and as such will be stepping out of Northampton BID.
 
We all wish Chris a speedy recovery - our thoughts are with you Chris.
 
We are now recruiting
 
pfbbUK are now seeking a new Business Operations and Development Manager role. This post will be based 3 days a week in Northampton and 2 days a week at sites across the country.
 
The successful candidate will:
 
·     Act as BID Operations Manager to support the businesses of the Northampton Town Centre Business Improvement District (BID) to achieve their aim of delivering the objectives in their business plan. (3 days per week) 
 
·     Support pfbb UK in the development and renewal of BIDs and the delivery of BID projects for Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) across the country. (2 days a week) 
 
Find out more and apply HERE .
 
Thirty minute workshops exclusively for BID businesses
 
We have an update on our 30 minute workshops - with even more planned in to cover topics and challenges that are pertinent to town centre businesses.
 
These workshops will take place on the fourth Tuesday of each month and BID businesses can take part in as many sessions as they wish – at no cost. Attendees are also invited to stay, mingle with fellow businesses and meet the BID team after the sessions.
 
Our workshops - all taking place at The Platform, George Row, 8.15-8.45am
(refreshments will be available to purchase from the ground floor cafe)
 
Tuesday 26 March – Making Tax Digital
Dan Roberts, Partner at Cottons Chartered Accountants, will be leading this workshop which will give guests a whistle-stop insight into 'Making Tax Digital' - a government initiative designed to make it easier for individuals and businesses to get their tax right and keep on top of their tax affairs. Book via Eventbrite HERE.
 
Tuesday 23 rd April - Top 10 tips in customer service
Paul Beesley from Beyond Theory Northampton town centre based training and coaching specialists will cover ways businesses can take a more strategic approach to provide the highest levels of customer service. Book via Eventbrite HERE .
 
Tuesday 28 th May - Improving the retail experience
James Roberts, centre manager, Grosvenor Centre will run this session which will be aimed at how businesses can improve their overall retail experience from the layout of their store to simple customer reward schemes. Book via Eventbrite HERE .
 
Tuesday 25 th June – Making the most of your BID
Our PR consultants, Pilkington Communications, will explore the PR benefits of being part of the BID - press opportunities, social media campaigns, events and more. Book via Eventbrite HERE.
The Big Lunch - Saturday 6th April

The Big Lunch on the Market Square will bring people into the town centre to celebrate all the great things about Northampton.
 
The event, which will take place on Saturday 6th April, 12-4pm, is being run by Eden Project Communities, supported by The National Lottery and led by local charity, The Lewis Foundation.
 
It will include:
  • Community Corner: showcasing different community-led initiatives and projects.
  • Market Corner: showcasing local independent businesses.
  • Kids Corner: outdoor play activities for little ones.
  • Big Lunch Corner: trestle tables, bunting, music, free food and refreshments. Shoppers and locals will be invited to sit down, share food, make new friends.
 
For more information and details of how to get involved check out the Facebook event HERE .
Easter Shoe Trail - have you signed up?

Twenty four businesses have already signed up to take part in our Easter Shoe Trail - all aimed at celebrating Northampton’s shoe heritage.
 
We want as many BID businesses as possible to display a shoe themed poster in their window – stilettos, slippers, boots, trainers and footwear of all varieties will be pictured - from 1 st to 29 th April.
 
Members of the public will have to follow the trail and list where they saw the posters on a downloadable entry form to be in with a chance of winning one of 10 prizes.
 
Ways to get involved
Help us create a buzz with our shoe-themed initiative, and a real talking point on social media.
 
Register your business today to be chosen to:
  • Display an A3 landscape poster in your business window
  • Host one of the Easter Shoe Trail post boxes
 
Email us  HERE  to participate, or for more information speak to our BID Host, Kimberley. 
 
Dates for your diary
 
  • 26 March - Making Tax Digital, FREE BID business workshop
  • 30 March - NorFAMtoN presents FAM FEST, Emporium Way, Sheep St/Market Sq, 12-6pm
  • On until 27th March - Northampton Film Festival
  • 1 - 29th April - Northampton Easter Shoe Trail
  • 6th April - The Big Lunch
  • 6th April - Cash Mob - organised by Transition Town Northampton. More details HERE.
 
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30-min workshops, new Host position and more

 
Making Tax Digital - new 30-min workshops for BID businesses
 
The BID is hosting a series of 30 minute workshops - on topics and challenges that are pertinent to town centre businesses - t he first one will be:

Making Tax Digital
Tuesday 26th March
8.15-8.45am at The Platform, George Row
(refreshments will be available to purchase from the ground floor cafe)
About this session:
Dan Roberts, Partner at Cottons Chartered Accountants, will be leading this workshop which will give guests a whistle-stop insight into 'Making Tax Digital' - a government initiative designed to make it easier for individuals and businesses to get their tax right and keep on top of their tax affairs.
 
Please note, this workshop is only open to levy paying businesses and is NOT open to businesses outside the BID area or local residents.
 
After the 30 minute workshop you are invited to stay, mingle with fellow businesses and meet the BID team.
 
Click HERE to register.
 
Our next training sessions:
Our 30-minute workshops will take place on the fourth Tuesday of each month, and BID businesses can take part in as many sessions as they wish – at no cost. The next training sessions will all take place at The Platform, 8.15-8.45am and will be:
 
  • Tuesday 23rd April - Top 10 tips in customer service
  • Tuesday 28th May - Improving the retail experience
 
We're recruiting - new BID Host position
We are recruiting for a Customer Service Host whose main focus will be to engage with the businesses in Northampton town centre, and to work together with them to promote the area and become engaged in BID projects. 
 
The role will entail:
  • Helping to promote the area, to welcome visitors and provide support for the implementation of events and animation in the streets and open spaces
  • Supporting businesses in tackling and communication issues which affect their business on a day to day basis
  • Working closely with the Police and other agencies in tackling antisocial behaviour and crime issues which impact upon the visitor experience
 
Find more information on our Facebook page HERE OR to apply direct, send a CV and covering letter to info@northamptonbid.co.uk .
 
Easter Shoe Trail - promoting our town's shoe heritage

CALLING ALL BUSINESSES to participate in our Easter Shoe Trail to celebrate Northampton’s shoe heritage.
 
We want as many BID businesses as possible to display a shoe themed poster in their window – stilettos, slippers, boots, trainers and footwear of all varieties will be pictured - from 1 st to 29 th April.
 
Members of the public will have to follow the trail and list where they saw the posters on a downloadable entry form to be in with a chance of winning one of 10 prizes. Printed entry forms will also be provided to businesses to distribute to their customers. Entries must then be posted into one of our special Easter Shoe Trail post boxes (town centre locations to be confirmed).
 
Ways to get involved
This shoe-themed initiative will provide even more social media opportunities for businesses to promote themselves, and a talking point with your customers.
 
Register your business today to be chosen to:
  • Display an A3 landscape poster in your business window
  • Host one of the Easter Shoe Trail post boxes
 
Email us HERE to participate, or for more information speak to our BID Host, Kimberley. 
 
Northampton Town Council consultation
 
We are letting BID busin esses know about the Borough Council's public consultation on the possibility of creating a new town council for much of the existing borough.
 
The first stage is now live and will run until 31st March 2019 - the BID is urging businesses, as part of the Northampton community, to make sure they have a say.
 
Businesses wishing to take part in the consultation process can click HERE .
 
Congratulations...
Congratulations to MOOCH who are finalists in the GREATS GIFT RETAILER AWARDS 2019 - prestigious awards that celebrate gift retailing in the UK.
 
They will find out if they are winners at the upcoming ceremony in May.
 
Good luck from the BID team.
 
Dates for your diary
 
  • 26 March - Making Tax Digital, FREE BID business workshop
  • 30 March - NorFAMtoN presents FAM FEST, Emporium Way, Sheep St/Market Sq, 12-6pm
  • On until 27th March - Northampton Film Festival
  • 1 - 29th April - Northampton Easter Shoe Trail
 
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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
 
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