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Bedminster Town Team & BID - April/May Newsletter 2015

posted May 18, 2015, 4:21 AM by George Grace
AGM (Annual General Meeting - 2nd June 2015 at The Steam Crane, 4-6 North St
Key items are to elect new directors, review Year 2 of the BID and commence discussions for Year 3. Nominations are therefore sought for new directors - please email your nominations for directors for to George Grace (george@towncentred.com) no later than 26th May 2015. We are an informal friendly group and basic duties are to direct spending for the BID and Town Team by attending a minimum of seven meetings. Meetings are invariably held at 6pm on the first Tuesday of each month) throughout the year.
We will be sending out a detailed annual report in relation to Year 2 after the AGM, meanwhile please find a summary of current activities below – please do get in touch with us if you wish to become involved in anything.
 
Events and Promotion - coming up
  • Make Sunday Special: 14th June, Lower North Street - we have funding from Bristol City Council and are closing Lower North Street from 10am – 4pm on 14th June and making Bedminster a hub of street games throughout the area. Picnic tables will stretch 500m with board games, as well as pinball, bed racing and vintage entertainment. We are inviting businesses to stay open on Sunday and to get involved with stalls in the street / serving up drinks and food in selected areas. Please contact Beryl if you wish to be involved - beryl@weareplaster.com.
  • North Street Summer Fair, Saturday 27th June, North Street Traders will once again be hosting the ever popular North Street Summer Fair. Businesses are invited to interact, promote and engage with the organisers to make this the best yet. Contact Claire -clairebaker@blueyonder.co.uk
  • Best of Bedminster, September, East Street - 'BOB' is being resurrected with the support of the BID and will celebrate jam making, crafts, vegetable growing and other country fayre elements. This will also be accompanied by a seasonal market.  More details to follow.
  
Built Environment (Planning and Transport)
  • Residents Parking Zones are coming soon across Bedminster. The Town Team has had numerous meetings with the council to represent business interests. For full details of plans and process please visit www.bristol.gov.uk. Via our meetings with council officers we are pleased to report one success is the retention of parking spaces on lower East St opposite the Collonade. Other representations and concerns we have made to ensure a better fairer system are yet to be decided upon.  
  • East Street Redevelopments – there is a lot of change coming to the bottom of East St that for the most part is positive. St Catherine’s Place is being redeveloped and Regent and Consort House (The Colonnade) is likely to be converted into residential. These two developments alone will bring 300 new residential units and thus circa 600-800 new residents with their associated purchasing power to this immediate locale.
Shop Fascia Improvements:
  • Gateway art – the Town Team has money to spend applying art or greenery to high profile walls in the area if you have a space then get in touch.
  • Shop Front Improvement Program – the BID have announced £500 grants available for shops to improve their appearance provided they match fund. If you have a shop and you’re keen to improve the facade then get in touch.
Saving Money:
  • Waste Services: AN EVEN BETTER DEAL (Christine Webb, 0845 600 2836,bedminster@sita.co.uk). Introduce your neighbours. Bring 2 new customers on-board to the Bedminster BID Trade waste service and you will receive a free roll of recycling sacks (Pk 25) or a month free of recycling bins. This incentive is available until end of May.  If we can get up to 100 customers in Bedminster, businesses enjoy a further approximate 5% discount on existing prices – so please sign up your neighbours!
  • Utilities and other office essential spend and supplies  (Ben Leighton for a brief face to face meeting at your site. Tel : 01225 863454 ben.leighton@bcrassociates.co.uk). BCR Associates have now been appointed our business savings provider for the BID. Locally based, BCR will do a full cost review of your business costs free of charge, with no obligation and you retain 100% of any savings found. Over the last 2 years BCR have saved Bath business (in the Bath BID) conservatively £100,000 and eased businesses administration. BCR specialise in reducing and managing Energy for businesses, Business Products i.e. everything for the office, stationary, print, work wear, janitorial products etc. (Guaranteed 10% savings).Telecoms and Rent reviews
  • Business Rates: Lodge a review before April 15th for large potential savings  (Daniel Johnstone,  0117 917 2059daniel.johnstone@colliers.com).  The BID has secured a highly competitive agreement with Colliers International which is based on a no-win, no-fee basis. The service includes a full measured survey of your property and on-going advice with regards to business rates and any additional relief you may be entitled to. Collier’s has so far saved businesses within the BID area over £20,000 and has also given free advice to other occupiers. Successful business rate appeals lodged after 1st April 2015 will only be able to secure lower business rates for the period 1st April 2015 to 31st March 2017. However, if an appeal is lodged prior to 1st April 2015, the backdated refund will go back to the 1st April 2010, meaning over 5 years of potential savings could be lost if a review is not undertaken before the April deadline
 
Other Ways to Save:
  • Travel Discounts with FirstBus: Given the pressures on parking its worth checking out the savings to be made for staff getting to work on the bus if feasible. Around 10% can be saved on fares - call 0844 854 2569 or visit www.firstgroup.com/ctsbristol
 
 
About the BID and Town Team  
The BID is the funding arm for Town Team activities, generated via a small levy on all eligible businesses in the area (equivalent to 1.5% of rateable value) and paid into a central ‘kitty’ to be spent on projects that benefit Bedminster businesses. Our stated priorities are to: • Create vibrant streets that excite and delight • Market and promote Bedminster • Reduce crime and improve the shopping environment • Advocate and lobby for Bedminster business interests • Drive down costs.
 
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Get Involved
Please drop us a line if you have any ideas about what we should do. Or, if you wish to attend a board meeting or one of our specialist sub-groups in Marketing, Arts & Culture or Built Environment (ie transport, planning and street improvement) please see our calendar here and drop us a line. Thanks. 

Contacts
George Grace, george@towncentred.com;  Simon Dicken, Wilko, man242@wilko.co.uk ; Ben Barker, GBCP, benbarker@blueyonder.co.uk





   

 
 
 
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