GFirst LEP – Giving businesses TODAY the support they need for TOMORROW

THE ONE STOP SHOP for all things recruitment in Gloucestershire has been announced as a partnership between Gloucestershire’s Local Enterprise Partnership, GFirst LEP, The Growth Hub Network and GFirst LEP CEO, David Owen said, “GFirst LEP are rapidly developing our plans and actions for a recovery that will help as many businesses and individuals […]

Go-ahead for Cheltenham ice rink if COVID-19 safety measures allow

Exciting plans to bring an ice rink and expanded Christmas Market to Cheltenham this winter were given the go-ahead today (May 28). Cheltenham Borough Council’s planning committee unanimously approved Cheltenham BID’s plans this morning. The ice rink will be sited on Imperial Gardens, in front of the Queen’s Hotel, and the Christmas Market will be […]

Back to Business with Cheltenham BID

Cheltenham BID today launches a four-pronged campaign to try to help ensure that businesses in the town are fully prepared when they can come out of coronavirus lockdown. The Back to Business with Cheltenham BID campaign will see the BID sharing four focused guides that it is hoped will help businesses of all kinds both […]

Moving your small business from the physical to the digital

National Cyber Security Centre guidance. Cyber security advice for small businesses adapting to new ways of working  Many small business owners have reacted quickly to the constraints imposed by COVID-19, adjusting their ways of working to keep their business active. In many cases, this has meant placing greater reliance on digital technology. National Cyber Security […]

Cheltenham BID offers businesses social distancing stickers

The Cheltenham BID team have been making weekly trips in to the town centre to offer two-metre social distancing stickers to open and closed businesses in preparation for when the town starts to slowly re-open. The town centre currently has around 30 businesses that are ‘open for business’, these include banks and building societies, pharmacies, […]

Recent COVID-19 business support call

We all realise that, even when lockdown is lifted, things are going to look very different and business will need to operate with a completely new model. With the recent announcement by the government that some businesses may be looking at reopening as soon as June, Cheltenham BID wants to help ensure you have as much […]

Eight weeks to save the nation’s high street from Armageddon.

• 54,6381 businesses across England and Wales are currently unable to access the £25,000 Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant [RHLG] according the #RaiseTheBar campaign • ‘Discretionary fund’ to Local Authorities falls short of £748m to help businesses in need. #RaiseTheBar has calculated a total of £1.365bn is needed to support all 54,638 businesses in need2 […]

Social distancing guidance for businesses

It is not clear when businesses will re-open and the final decision on this will be made by Government and the public health experts. However, employers need to be ready for when we start to think about preparing for the re-opening of some shops and it is likely that some virus control restrictions will continue […]

BID Business of the Month – The Cheltenham Trust

The Cheltenham Trust (The Trust) is a registered charity that was established in 2014 to manage the town’s iconic venues, the Cheltenham Town Hall, The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum, Pittville Pump Room, Leisure at Cheltenham and Prince of Wales Stadium on behalf of Cheltenham Borough Council. The charity stood out during this unprecedented time […]

BID’s fair rents campaign shows signs of progress

Cheltenham BID held their second COVID-19 business support call, which was open to all BID levy payers. Concerns were raised on the first call back on April 2 around a lack of flexibility from some landlords around rents that are due. Some landlords were demanding payment without offering any sort of delay or alternative. Since […]

Retail, Hospitality & Leisure: Government, it’s time to #RaiseTheBar

These are unprecedented times for our economy at a local, regional, and national level. Industry leaders, political figures and Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) are calling on the Government to support businesses within the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors who have a rateable value of more than £51,000. Cheltenham BID is supporting the new #RaiseTheBar campaign, […]

Preparing to claim for furloughed workers

HMRC has confirmed that the new portal for employers to register and claim for furloughed staff will open on Monday April 20. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been created by the government to support businesses and protect the UK economy during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The scheme is designed to help businesses keep their employees […]

Cheltenham BID – working to help businesses battle the coronavirus

What are the main concerns for Cheltenham businesses as they tackle the impact of the coronavirus? What funding and support is there to help them and what further help do they need? It was questions like these that inspired Cheltenham BID to hold its first video conference call for our businesses. It proved to be […]