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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 […]

Cheltenham Guardians hit the road with help from the BID

Cheltenham BID is working with Cheltenham Guardians to make the town centre a safer place. The BID has sponsored a new Emergency Care Team vehicle for the Guardians, which can now be seen on the streets of Cheltenham. Cheltenham Guardians are a volunteer team who operate on Saturday nights and provide safeguarding and welfare help […]

Christmas is just around the corner – and Cheltenham will be full of seasonal joy

Plans are well underway for another spectacular Christmas lights switch-on event and a special late-night shopping event. As well as the cross-street illuminations between Boots and Primark and Chameleons and Coco Couture and the ceiling of light on The Strand, brought to Cheltenham last year, the BID has extended the reach of the lights to […]

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’s Promenade comes to life with the International Street Market.

Cheltenham Promenade welcomes Geraud Markets UK Ltd International Street Market once again, bringing an exciting line-up of food, drink and crafts from around the world. Situated on the Promenade in Cheltenham, it will run for 4 days from Thursday 3 – Sunday 6 October. The market will be open 9am until 6pm, Thursday to Saturday […]

BID Business of the month – Warhammer Cheltenham

Warhammer Cheltenham (formerly Games Workshop) recently celebrated its seventh anniversary. Will Rawlins has been the store manager for three years and feels lucky to be in the position. Warhammer is a tabletop miniature wargame that simulates battles between terrestrial armies from different factions.  Created in 1983, the game continues to grow in popularity and attracts […]

Have your say on the future of A & E in Cheltenham

Cheltenham BID has been supporting REACH (Restore Emergency at Cheltenham Hospital) in its campaign to re-establish a full 24/7 Accident and Emergency department at Cheltenham General Hospital. We are now inviting BID businesses and their staff to complete a short survey to tell REACH their priorities for the future of care services in Gloucestershire. REACH’s […]

Cheltenham Wellbeing Festival

This September will see the launch of the first ever Cheltenham Wellbeing Festival, a week-long celebration of wellbeing across 7 days from the 9th – 15th September 2019, which aims to help local people, live life well. Unique to any other festival experience, the Cheltenham Wellbeing Festival has partnered with over fifty local businesses to […]

Small Shops Competition 2019

Feb 2 2019 Entries to the competition need to be submitted before Monday 9th September 2019 at 3pm . Independent retailers from all retail sectors across the UK are invited to enter the Best Small Shops competition 2019, with 25 of the most impressive applications shortlisted and invited to attend the Best Small Shops reception […]

A Job Fair for all this September

Cheltenham BID have worked with Dimensions Training Solutions (UKs largest provider of skills, training and employment services) and The Cheltenham Library on a brand-new Job Fair. The Job Fair is planned for September 4 and will be held at The Cheltenham Library from 11am-2pm. Some of the businesses that will be there include popular shopping […]

BID Business of the Month – Lakeland Cheltenham

If you love your home, the chances are you’ve been into Lakeland Cheltenham, so you’ll understand why we’ve chosen them as this month’s BID Business of the Month. With the array of professional cookware, innovative cleaning and storage products, quirky gadgets and essential electrical items, Lakeland has a faithful customer base who come from all […]

Shaping the future of the High Street

Commercial property agents and landlords play a vital role in shaping town and city centres, as do planning consultants and those who make planning decisions. The BID will be attending and speaking at the Cheltenham Property Forum on September 19. The event is being run by Evans Jones, Chartered Surveyors and Planning Consultants. It will […]