09 April 2019
April Newsletter

Synonymous with pretty, fresh designs, Cath Kidston is a quintessentially British brand and we’re fortunate to have had a branch in Cheltenham since 2007.  Whilst other big-name brands have come and gone, Cath Kidston has endured and some of the team have worked in the store on The Promenade for more than 10 years.

Always keen to be part of the town, even before the BID was formed, representatives from Cath Kidston have attended the Promenade Traders’ meetings to share ideas and raise important matters. They help us by reporting issues such as burst water pipes, power cuts, incidents of begging and anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping in Post Office Lane.

Whenever one of the BID team approaches Becky Fullalove, the current store manager, offering her the chance for the store to be involved in our projects, she goes the extra mile to find a way to participate.  Cath Kidston was amongst the first batch of businesses to sign up for the Cheltenham Gift Card.

Although, like most national brands, they have a prescriptive display code, the team at the Cheltenham store managed to get creative and were voted amongst the top 10 in the first ‘Festive Façade’ competition.

When we decided to launch the Hidden Cheltenham Easter Trail, we looked for businesses who would be receptive to holding the secret letters, who didn’t already have a plaque outside their business and would be easily recognised by local and international visitors. So, we thought Cath Kidston would be a great place for people to pop in and collet a clue for the trail.

As BID Business of the month, a representative from Cath Kidston will have the opportunity to speak at the May Cheltenham Business Forum’s BIG Breakfast.  We will highlight the store across our social media channels, and they will feature on the home page of our website.

08 April 2019
April Newsletter

For more than ten businesses, Post Office Lane is the only place they can store their bins, and with four of those being restaurants, cafes and coffee shops, that’s a lot of rubbish and food waste.  It’s no wonder then, that it has made its way onto Alex Chalk’s ‘grot spot’ list. You would sometimes be hard pressed to distinguish it from a local landfill site.

Well, not anymore! As part of our Tidy Up Cheltenham campaign, the BID has been focusing on this area for a long time. Working with Cheltenham Borough Council (CBC) and local businesses, our ambassadors arranged a litter pick and general clean up of Post Office Lane.

Deb, Carolyn and Phil, three of the BID Ambassadors, would like to say a massive thank you to Clive Evans, Community Protection Officer at CBC; Sophie Scarrott, owner of Keith Scarrott Shoes (and BID Board Director); Claire Harrison and Sarah Locke from Yates Wine Bar, who got down and dirty to help clear away rubbish, food waste and pallets.

09 April 2019
April Newsletter

As part of the BID’s support of the Cheltenham Festivals’ Around Town …. events, we have four pairs of tickets to give away for each of the four festivals.  Last month we gave you the opportunity to enter a draw for free Jazz Festival tickets.  The draw took place on Wednesday April 3 and the winners were:

Karen Collier from Bravissimo – Level 42; Kim from The 2 Pigs – Jamie Callum; Lee Cheesman from Costa Coffee’s High Street branch – James Morrison; Nichola Horswell from Beatrice von Tresckow Designs in Montpellier.

Don’t forget, you can enter the draw to win one of four pairs of tickets for the Music Festival.  If you haven’t received your email telling you how, please get in touch with us on 01242 571123 before midday on June 3.

09 April 2019
April Newsletter

Being a BID Director means you get to have a say in the future success of Cheltenham.

Board membership is only open to those who represent a business in the BID area and whose levy payments are up to date.  This means that sometimes, because people don’t stay with the same business all their working life and move on to pastures new, they have to resign from the Board.

Mel Tubby, former Food Commercial Manager of Marks and Spencer in Cheltenham, has been appointed Store Manager of the Swindon branch.  We are sure you will join us in wishing Mel every success in her new role.

Mel’s resignation from the Board means there is now a vacancy for a representative from within the national retail sector. 

If you work for one of the many national businesses in Cheltenham and would like the chance to make a real difference and add to what we have already achieved, please contact BID Director Kevan Blackadder on 01242 571123 or email him at kevan@cheltenhambid.co.uk.

An election will be held among national retailers after nominations are received.

09 April 2019

April Newsletter

The BID exists to support businesses, lobby for improvements to the town and help grow the visitor economy. It is important therefore that every BID business is able to share their views on important matters and have those views aired.

We know that many businesses have provided formal feedback to Gloucestershire County Council about the impact of the Boots Corner trial closure.

We also want to ensure that your opinions are understood by Cheltenham Borough Council.

We are therefore asking every BID business, no matter what their locality within the town, to take part in a short survey. 

We will share the results with Cheltenham Borough Council as part of the wider considerations of the impact of the trial. All answers will be collated to provide an overall picture and individual answers will remain confidential.

The BID and representatives from businesses in Clarence Street and Clarence Parade have taken their concerns to the county council and some changes have been agreed:

Do the survey, which will take about five minutes, here. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BootsCornerFeedback