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BID Business of the Month – PDSA Charity Shop

Charity shops play a vital role in keeping our High Streets alive and are, for many charities, a major source of income. For some volunteers, they can be an essential connection with other people.  The PDSA shop on High Street is no exception. Shop Manager, Dolly Neal, has managed charity shops for more than 15 […]

Boom in visitor numbers and overnight stays in Cheltenham

A new report shows a significant rise in the number of people coming to Cheltenham and in the number staying overnight, bucking the national trend. Last year, the number of day visitors to Cheltenham grew to 1.9 million – an increase of 7%, whilst the number of nights spent in the town by staying visitors […]

Cheltenham’s late night shopping event – 5 December

See the list of shops that stayed open and all late night shopping events that were on offer. See the full gallery from the evening. Cheltenham’s streets were filled with entertainment during its late-night shopping event on the 5 December from 5pm-8pm. The event saw many town centre shops open, including the area of Montpellier […]

Cheltenham Christmas light switch-on a crowd-pleaser

Cheltenham’s Christmas lights were switched on in style on Saturday 23 November to the delight of spectators. See photos from the event. The three parades, starting separately from Cambray Place, The Brewery Quarter and Montpellier Street, told the famous tale of selfish Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future who show him […]

Boots Corner Trial Closure – your last chance to have your say

The 18-month Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO)for Phase 4 amended trial of the Cheltenham Transport Plan – or the trial closure of Boots Corner – is due to draw to a close before Christmas. Here is the timetable of the final stages of the ETRO. 3rd December – the last chance you have to make […]

Christmas marketing campaign hits the spot

Marketing Cheltenham’s twinkling Christmas campaign has seen advertising on buses around Gloucestershire, on-line advertising, printed guides, a full ‘what’s on’ guide on VisitCheltenham.com and a push-out on the Visit Cheltenham social media channels. The seasonal branding highlights the stylish atmosphere of our Regency town, and of course the magic of Christmas in Cheltenham. The printed […]

Another dazzling Christmas lights switch-on event

We knew it would be hard to match the event we put on to celebrate Christmas 2018 – but we did it! See photo gallery here. On Saturday 23rd November, a traditional Christmas story was given a modern twist when the three ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come paraded through Cheltenham.  Evenlode Productions and […]

In Safe Hands – BID team are first aid certified

As part of their role, Phil, Deb and Carolyn are there to help visitors to Cheltenham have a positive experience. This includes making sure people are well looked after should they be injured or become unwell, so it’s important that they all have the right skills and qualifications to do that. BID Administrator Maria Allebone […]

Speak up for the professional services sector – sit on the BID Board

During his 16-month stint on the BID Board, Oliver Bishop has provided invaluable advice on how the BID’s projects benefit the many businesses within that sector, ensuring that they have a collective voice. Oliver’s businesses have grown considerably over the past few years.  With this success has come the inevitable requirement for Oliver to spend […]

Speak up for the professional services sector – sit on the BID Board

During his 16-month stint on the BID Board, Oliver Bishop has provided invaluable advice on how the BID’s projects benefit the many businesses within that sector, ensuring that they have a collective voice. Oliver’s businesses have grown considerably over the past few years.  With this success has come the inevitable requirement for Oliver to spend […]

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 […]

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 […]