October Newsletter

Government COVID-19 updates

See all updated Government COVID-19 business requirements here. UPDATE: 5 January 2021 Following last night’s announcement, we are now in a national lockdown due to a rapid rise in infections. The Prime Minister has instructed people to stay at home to control the virus, protect the NHS and save lives. The lockdown is expected to […]

… around town Literature Festival 2020

Cheltenham BID is the lead sponsor of the Cheltenham Festivals … around town programme, bringing hundreds of free events to the streets and businesses of Cheltenham during the Jazz, Science, Music and Literature Festivals, including the annual Lit Crawl. Of course this year’s programme is having to take a very different format, and we would like […]

Trade refuse and recycling service

Trade (commercial) refuse is the waste generated by any business organisation, Under current environmental law, all businesses must ensure that their waste is stored securely, preventing waste escaping, and that it is collected and disposed of by a licensed waste management organisation. Cheltenham Borough Council (CBC) offer a fast, flexible and customer focused collection service, that […]

A safe and convenient place to come Christmas shopping

We are working with Visit Cheltenham on a Christmas campaign and would like to be able to share a joined-up town centre message about a safe and convenient place to come and do Christmas shopping during November and December. Are you planning on opening late? Are you planning any safe festive activities? Please email info@cheltenhambid.co.uk […]

Make an Impact – become a BID Board Member

The BID has two vacancies in the national retail sector and one in the leisure / night time economy sector. If you represent a business in the national retail sector or night time economy sector and would like the opportunity to make a real difference and add to what we have already achieved, please contact […]

Sprucing up the town

As part of the BID’s Tidy Up Cheltenham campaign, the Ambassadors have been busy tidying areas of the town centre that needed a bit of sprucing up. It is important that the town looks tidy, clear and presentable for both our businesses and people coming into the town to meet, shop, dine and enjoy. Over […]

Businesses have been blooming

The BID supplied external baskets and troughs of flowers to 21 individual businesses this summer as they continue to brighten up the town until mid-October 2020. The BID worked with PHS Greenleaf, who supplied and set-up the flowers and UBICO, who have been watering the arrangements daily, with the aim of adding extra blooms to […]

October BID Business of the Month – Brite Recruitment

Brite Recruitment, Cheltenham’s independent recruitment agency based in Montpellier has been one of the lucky few who have managed to stay open throughout lockdown. Transforming into a fully remote business overnight has been a huge success for them as the four-strong team continue to work both remotely and safely from their office in Cheltenham. Cheltenham […]

Preparing for Brexit

The uncertainty around Brexit has put a lot of pressure on businesses and as we approach October 31, some businesses will have more questions than answers. The BID Board asked Cheltenham Borough Council how they were going to support business with their Brexit preparations, and we are pleased to be able to share their plans […]

October BID Business of the month – The Find

The aptly named ‘The Find’ is our October BID Business of the month. In November 2017, David Orme, owner of this multi-award-winning coffee house and restaurant saw his hard work come to fruition.  From planning applications to change the use of the property, to sourcing the finest beans and highest quality local produce, David’s desire […]

The BID, The Council and your rates

Our Board have been approached by a number of BID businesses who have requested that business rates in Cheltenham are cut. So, we thought it would be useful to clarify whose role it is to set business rates, who collects them and what the BID can do to help business. Business rates are not set […]

Are you making the most being in a University Town?

Having a university on your doorstep isn’t just beneficial to the bars, pubs and clubs.  There’s a whole new generation of shoppers looking for the best value for money and it doesn’t stop at Freshers Week. Following on from the BID’s successful relationship with the University of Gloucestershire in creating the Freshers Card, we’ve taken […]

Cheltenham town centre has first 24-hour defibrillator

A life-saving defibrillator is available 24-hours a day in Cheltenham town centre for the first time. Cheltenham Business Improvement District (BID) has funded a new defib in one of the telephone boxes on The Promenade outside Café Rouge. As part of the PubLIC Hearts Appeal Cheltenham, the BID has also financed two replacement defibrillators in […]