Reducing the cost of sales for BID Businesses

As your business grows, the chances are that the cost of sales increases too.  Looking at the best rates for your card terminal probably isn’t high on your list of priorities when your business is packed with customers and you’re finding ways to stay ahead of the competition.  That’s why the BID has partnered with […]

Light Up Cheltenham 2021 cancelled due to Covid-19

Cheltenham would have been gearing up for the return of Light Up Cheltenham this weekend. The giant observation wheel would have been in place in Imperial Gardens. This time next week, many of Cheltenham’s stunning Regency buildings would have been bathed in coloured light. However, due to the continuing threat of COVID-19 and present lockdown, Light […]

Cheltenham BID announces passing of director Kevan Blackadder

It’s with great sadness that Cheltenham Business Improvement District (BID) announces the passing of its director Kevan Blackadder. A well-respected figure in Cheltenham and across the county it’s expected many friends and colleagues will wish to join us in paying tribute to the enormous contribution which Kevan has made to the town over many years. […]

Christmas 2020: Cheltenham Gift Card sales reach £27,000

Cheltenham BID sold exactly £27,055 worth of Cheltenham Gift Cards over the 2020 Christmas period. This money will be locked into Cheltenham’s local economy, supporting local businesses and people. Launched in 2017 by Cheltenham BID, the gift card allows recipients to spend in a wide range of town-centre businesses. Over 80 businesses are currently signed […]

What does Brexit mean for you and your business?

The UK-EU Free Trade Agreement took effect on Friday 1 January 2021, requiring immediate action from businesses to ensure compliance and avoid any disruption to operations. Recognising the lack of clear information available, The Growth Hub and Gfirst LEP have produced resources for businesses in Gloucestershire to navigate Brexit, helping them transition and comply with […]

Share your views on Cheltenham’s award-winning night-time economy

Cheltenham has successfully retained its Purple Flag status since 2016 for its vibrant choice of night-time leisure and entertainment, for a diversity of ages, groups, lifestyles and cultures. Residents are asked to once again share their views on Cheltenham’s evening and night-time offering through a short survey, online only. The survey results will form part of Cheltenham’s application for renewal of […]

Super savings on parking fees for staff of BID businesses

Staff at Cheltenham BID businesses are being offered an exclusive 33% off the cost of monthly season tickets at CitiPark’s John Lewis and Partners car park. One of the things we get asked most is: ‘Can the BID help with staff parking costs?’ The answer is: ‘Yes we can’. After talking to a number of […]

Discounted parking for businesses in the night-time economy

The BID’s other discounted travel schemes were difficult for night-time economy staff to use because of the timings. Cheltenham BID has listened and negotiated discounted parking in Portland Street Car Park from 5pm. Park all night from 5pm for just £4! Please get in touch via  for more information on how to receive the […]

New ‘Loos for you’ Community Toilet Partnership Pilot Scheme Begins

‘Loos for you’, a new pilot scheme, begins this week as part of the Cheltenham Toilet Partnership scheme. Cheltenham BID is working in partnership with Cheltenham Borough Council and local businesses in order to provide more readily available toilet facilities for visitors and shoppers. Running from Tuesday 8 December 2020 with an initial review of […]

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. Year on year since the BID was formed in 2016 we have improved and extended the Christmas lights display in the town centre. This year we have worked with a new contractor to bring […]

Cheltenham’s Christmas campaign

Building on the success of last year’s Christmas marketing campaign and the new Cheltenham branding, Marketing Cheltenham have designed a campaign to encourage people to ‘think local’ this Christmas. Cheltenham’s campaign forms part of a wider programme of activity to support the high street and local businesses through the pandemic and has been supported by […]

Back to Business for Christmas 2020

Although the end of lockdown is good news for many of our businesses, we recognise that for some of you in the hospitality sector, being in Tier 2 is still going to be difficult, particularly at this time of year.  Extended Hours Our message to the public is that Cheltenham is a safe place to […]

December BID Business of the Month- Santander

Offering essential services, Santander on Cheltenham High Street has remained open throughout both lockdowns. Quickly evolving to provide safe and effective banking during such unprecedented times, the branch has continued to support its customers and Cheltenham-based businesses while also raising over £2000 for charity. Communications Assistant Alex Boulton spoke to Keith Smith, Business Banking Manager, […]

Escape Hunt unlocks doors to Cheltenham venue at Brewery Quarter

Escape Hunt UK finally unlocked the doors to their newest UK venue at the Brewery Quarter on Friday 4 December and Alex Boulton visited the new BID business as one of the first teams to try their popular escape rooms in Cheltenham. Trip Advisor’s Travellers’ Choice 2020 winners, Escape Hunt has nearly 50 locations across 27 countries. It […]

Back to Business for Christmas

From today (Wednesday 2 December), Cheltenham is welcoming back locals and visitors after the second national lockdown as non-essential shops, restaurants, gyms, hotels and hair and beauty salons reopen under Tier 2 restrictions. With its fantastic range of independent businesses, high-street favourites and vibrant food and entertainment scene, Cheltenham is a great place to eat, […]