The Banbury BID Business Plan sets out a series of proposed projects based on 5 core themes.
Here’s are some of those we are working on in 2020.
“Increase footfall and enhance the appearance of our town centre”
We have teamed up with Kärcher Center Banbury, to spruce up our town centre. The Banbury Clean project aims to make visitors feel safe and confident to return to Banbury following the recent lockdown. An experienced Kärcher team is using their hot water pressure washer to clean the central locations of Banbury town centre.
The project began in Summer 2020 with the cleanup of the Market Square but will move onto other key areas. Read more>>>
BETTER FOR BUSINESSES
“Providing a range of support projects for contributing BID members”
The coronavirus situation brought about new legislation and safety guidance for businesses to adhere to. We wanted to make reopening as hassle-free as possible by putting together reopening starter kits.
Containing a variety of items such as social distancing floor stickers, posters and hand sanitiser, these kits were given away for free to BID members. Read more>>>
“Promoting Banbury and building customer loyalty through new channels”
To support our town centre businesses during lockdown we partnered with the multi-award-winning digital platform ShopAppy.com. The aim was to help people at home to shop local online and support our Banbury businesses.
We’re covering the cost of the platform for one year for our BID members and are working with a local taxi firm to provide a delivery solution. Read more>>>
“Promotion of the town to a regional and national audience”
We are championing those businesses in our town centre who refuse to be beaten. Through a series of personal stories, we are shouting about those who are staying positive, evolving and supporting the wider community.
From online stores, virtual classes and town centre audio trails to new ways of doing things, find out how Banbury is staying in business. Read more>>>
BETTER FOR VISITORS
‘Be In Banbury’ – new interactive audio trail launches on the town app LoyalFree.
Banbury BID, working in partnership with Banbury Museum and the award winning high street app LoyalFree, has launched a brand new interactive audio trail to the area. The trail explores the town’s extensive past in a new and exciting way!
Combining audio clips into town trails is the first of it’s kind for the LoyalFree app, with Banbury BID leading the way on what is expected to be a popular feature in the future, bringing Banbury Museum’s wonderful reminiscence work to life.
The audio trail ‘Exploring Banbury Town’ is now live on the LoyalFree app and locals and visitors can check out 13 locations across the town including in St Mary’s Church Yard and on Parsons Street, to uncover a hidden and historic story!
WORKING FOR YOU
Banbury BID organises reopening starter kits for businesses.
As you start to make plans for reopening your business, the BID would like to offer a helping hand.
The BID have organised a reopening starter kit for your business.
This contains a variety of items eg social distancing floor stickers, posters and hand sanitiser.
Be Bright in Banbury this winter
Ending the year on a lighter note, our ‘Be Bright In Banbury this Winter’ campaign is now in full swing, brightening up the Cornhill entrance to Castle Quay throughout December and into New Year, following our successful remembrance display at the town hall last month.
The campaign has been very well received by the general public, and we hope it will further encourage people into town during this crucial trading time. Featuring on BBC South Today as well as local press, local radio and backed by a coordinated social media campaign, the town has enjoyed excellent coverage of the displays. Be sure to share our social posts to help to promote the campaign far and wide and to really make Banbury a vibrant winter destination!
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Getting Digital Ready for the 2nd Lockdown
We know that many businesses have had to close, or change the way they are working in the second lockdown. We are here to help in any way we can.
The BID have created a listing of websites which we are constantly updating with details of click and collect / opening hours / online trading.
Let us know if you would like to be added, or updated.
This year, December 5th is Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to the independent businesses that make our High Street a special place to shop and visit. Whether you shop local online in Lockdown or wait until you can pound the pavements once more, shop small to support our local economy this winter.
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Be in Banbury this Winter
We hope that you will have also seen a copy of our luxurious A5 brochure, that was distributed to over 15,000 homes in local villages during November. Many of our town centre businesses were featured in the booklet, along with tourist information, and details of how to enter our ‘Win £500 to spend in Banbury’ competition. Again, we would encourage you to share the online guide via your own e-communications or social channels, as this will further increase the overall reach of the campaign.