Cheltenham dazzles in the glow of Christmas lights

Photography: Mikal Ludlow Cheltenham is sparkling in a beautiful Christmas glow following the switch on of the town’s new festive lights. The new Christmas lights, organised by Cheltenham Business Improvement District (BID), are accompanied for the first year with golden baubles hanging from the trees on the pedestrianised Promenade and gold powder-coated holly, reindeer, stars […]

Get your business involved with Cheltenham’s new Christmas campaign

Cheltenham’s new marketing campaign, led by the town’s marketing body, Marketing Cheltenham, alongside Cheltenham Business Improvement District (BID) and Cheltenham Borough Council, is calling on local residents and would-be visitors to support local businesses this Christmas. The campaign aims to overcome the latest national lockdown by creating an online directory of shops and local businesses […]

Grants to support businesses affected by COVID-19 now open

Businesses that have been unable to reopen since 23 March 2020 can now APPLY. The government is providing funding to help business properties which have been unable to reopen since 23 March 2020 due to national restrictions, for example nightclubs. Such businesses will be able to apply for a grant payment to cover the period […]

An advent of ‘Kindness at Christmas’

To celebrate the theme ‘Kindness at Christmas’, our partners No Child Left Behind and the iconic Queens Hotel in Cheltenham, will soon light up an advent calendar projection of school children’s artwork. No Child Left Behind (NCLB) partners Cheltenham Business Improvement District (BID) and Marketing Cheltenham have worked with The Queen’s Hotel in Montpellier, to […]

Lockdown 2 – what does this mean for businesses?

Updated: 2 November 2020 From Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December, the Government is taking the following action: Requiring people to stay at home, except for specific purposes. Preventing gathering with people you do not live with, except for specific purposes. Closing certain businesses and venues. See which businesses have been ordered to close. […]

The Christmas Spirit Trail

Ten new BID businesses have been invited to be part of Cheltenham’s newest FREE interactive town centre trail – the magical Christmas Spirits Trail. The magical trail will start – Monday December 7 – Sunday 3 January. The businesses now confirmed are Loake in Ormond Street, Hays Travel on High Street, Mistral, found in The […]

Cheltenham BID Communications Assistant

Apply to work at Cheltenham BID. Job Title Cheltenham BID Communications Assistant Organisation Cheltenham BID Ltd Reporting to BID Director and BID Operations Manager Term Fixed term maternity cover from 1st November 2020 to 30 April 2021 Hours 21 hours per week Salary scale £18,500 pro rata per annum dependant on experience and qualifications Location […]

October prizes. Half term Hidden Cheltenham trail competition

Join the enhanced Augmented Reality (AR) Hidden Cheltenham Trail and ENTER the in-app competition to win a one night stay for two at The Queens Hotel, two adults and two children’s goodie bags full of surprises from more than 20 businesses, including two family tickets for Hollywood Bowl, a couple of free games at Mr […]

Lockdown 2: Financial support

Workers in any part of the UK can retain their job, even if their employer cannot afford to pay them, and be paid at least 80% of their salary up to £2500 a month. The flexibility of the current furlough scheme will be retained until December 2 to allow employees to continue to work where […]

We are here to support you

Let us keep you up to date. Please make sure we have an updated contact number / email address for your business so we can update you on what we are doing to support you. Let us know… Food and Drink businesses Are you offering a takeaway service? Let us know so that we can […]

Business webinar – social media

With lockdown coming in to place the BID would like to offer free social media advice to businesses via a webinar. Date : Thursday 12 November via Zoom Time: 10am-11am Please register your interest by emailing The training session will be led by Lesley Sainty at Cotswolds Creative Media and will cover small business […]

Christmas Lights update

Completely new Christmas lights will be seen across the town centre from Tuesday November 24, brought to you by the BID and supported by Cheltenham Borough Council. There won’t be an official switch-on this year because of coronavirus pandemic restrictions but we’re confident the new look will be a major draw that will help all […]

Lockdown 2 – Businesses and venues

To reduce social contact, the Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close from Thursday 5 November – Wednesday 2 December 2020. These include: all non-essential retail, including, but not limited to clothing and electronics stores, vehicle showrooms, travel agents, betting shops, auction houses, tailors, car washes, tobacco and vape shops. indoor and outdoor […]

New campaign invites locals and visitors to experience The Great Taste of Cheltenham

A new campaign has been launched to celebrate Cheltenham’s famous and mouth-watering food and drink offering, providing a much needed boost to the town’s hospitality sector. The Great Taste of Cheltenham, which will run for the next six weeks, will highlight the incredible array of establishments in the town, showcasing its diverse and delicious dining […]

… 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 […]