With its unmistakable pink façade and pink and white awning, The Square Pillow has been part of the community in Montpellier for three decades.

Suzanne celebrating 30 years in business with Sandro Spescha, General Manager of Christian Fischbacher and actess, friend and customer Fiona Fullerton.

In 1988 Suzanne Langley-Sowter opened a business which has endured the test of time and all the changes that the retail sector has seen during the past 30 years.  This is in no small way due to the relationships Suzanne has built with her customers and suppliers alike.

Suzanne’s ethos is ‘only stunning will do’ and this is reflected in the suppliers she chooses and underpins the loyal customer base she has built up.  The Square Pillow is the only stockist in the UK of some highly respected luxury European brands of bed and bath linen, nightwear and robes, bringing people from around the country to Cheltenham to shop there.

They support the BID’s projects, like BID in Bloom and the social media training and are a strong advocate for our Tidy Up Cheltenham Campaign.

The shop always looks attractive and Suzanne takes pride in maintaining the inside as well as the outside, updating it with regular coats of paint to keep it looking fresh, keeping the awning clean and bright.  The summer window displays are cool and inviting and their Festive Façade entry, with its giant pink baubles brought some sparkle to Christmas shopping.

Suzanne always welcomes the BID ambassadors when they visit.  She says: “The team are always very cheerful, and I enjoy our chats, so it’s not a hardship to take a moment and catch up on Montpellier and Cheltenham business with them.”

As BID Business of the month, Suzanne will have the opportunity to speak at the June Cheltenham Business Forum’s BIG Breakfast.  We will highlight The Square Pillow across our social media channels, and they will feature on the home page of our website.

Square Pillow also won Highly Commended in the Cotswold Life Cheltenham BID awards, Independent Business of Year.

Cheltenham’s reputation as a festival town is growing.  With an already impressive list of arts and culture festivals, this year will see another performing arts festival added to the list.

From May 27 to June 1 the first Cheltenham International Film Festival will see a celebration of cinematography across eleven venues in town.

From screenings of emerging Polish Director Adrian Panek to an entertaining journey through Shakespeare’s Heroes & Villains with Steven Berkoff, there’s a full programme to enjoy.

For those wanting to make a career in the world of film, whether it’s behind the camera or behind the scenes, there will be leaders in their field to help you get to grips with everything from costume design and make-up through to composing and casting.

With support from the BID, this new festival is set to be a firm fixture on the calendar, bringing people from far and near to Cheltenham.

The BID have secured 10 complimentary tickets each for all of our businesses. Please apply here

Recent developments in high streets across the UK show that things are changing – fast. The successful retailers have been those who have managed a blend of digital and physical presence.

How do we achieve that in Gloucestershire’s High Streets? Join a panel that have been working at the forefront of the new technologies at the Gloucestershire Business Show.

Kevan Blackadder, BID Director, will chair a discussion with some of Gloucestershire’s leading influencers about how digital will affect retail moving forward and what we can expect on the high street in the coming years. Kevan will be joined at 1.30pm on Tuesday May 21 by: Martin Bundy of John Lewis and Partners; Emerson Osmond from *Maybe, Chris Nyland, MD of Nettl Cheltenham and Gloucester and Emily Knight, UK Digital and UK Digital Retail Innovation Centre

The Gloucestershire Business Show runs for two days at Cheltenham Town Hall on May 21 and 22.

Businesses of all sizes can benefit from sharing knowledge and experience, hearing from specialists in their field and looking to the future together. 

The event, which is in it fifth year, will see a great line-up of speakers, specialist clinics, professional advisors and sector zones and is free to attend.

For full event details visit https://www.gloucestershire-business-show.co.uk/

Firstly, we would like to say thank you to Dustin Wise of L’Una Design and Mel Tubby of Marks and Spencer for their support over the past few years.  Dustin will continue to be involved with BID projects when time allows but will be focusing on his growing business.

Mel and Dustin’s resignations from the Board left us with two vacancies on the Board and we are delighted to welcome two new directors. Luncinda O’Gorman from Marks and Spencer will represent the National Retail Sector and Matt Rudman of Cheltenham Martial Arts, will represent the ‘other’ category.

Congratulations to Lucinda and Matt.

For the third year running, the BID is bringing the Cheltenham Street Chilli Fiesta to Cambray Place.

13 stalls selling all manner of chilli products from paintings and plants, to sauces and sausages will pop up for the day on Saturday 1 June.

The infamous chilli eating contest, which brought people from London to contest their title last year, will be back again this year.

If you run a business in or near Cambray Place and would like us to highlight your products and services in the lead-up to the Chilli Fiesta, please email Maria at maria@cheltenhambid.co.uk with details.

Listening to businesses is what we do at the BID.  Some of you have experienced circumstances beyond your control that you think could put you in line for a rates rebate.

You’ve told us how convoluted the process of appeal can be; that it’s difficult to find out how to register for the Check, Challenge, Appeal process and complete the myriad of forms necessary to start the process.

Well not only have we listened, but we’ve started to take action. The BID is working with a professional organisation specialising in helping businesses to find out if they are entitled to make a challenge and the best way to go about it.

Commercial Property Advisors Ltd will make an initial assessment of your property, advise you if there could be savings to be made and guide you through the process. They work on a no win, no fee basis so if you’re not eligible for a rebate or discount, you don’t pay them. The BID has negotiated an exclusive rate for BID businesses who make a successful claim.

Commercial Property Advisors Ltd will be in touch with all the businesses they think could benefit from their services but in the meantime, if you are interested in finding out more please email Belinda at belinda@cheltenhambid.co.uk.