Exciting News from Bottles HQ!

A message from Bottles HQ to you!

 

Exciting News from Bottles HQ! After lots of lovely feedback and the growing success of our Wine Shop we will now be extending our opening times and utilising the gorgeous space within and above the shop for full ‘Drink In’ service. Customers will have access to our FULL range of wines to drink in the comfort of our beautiful and classic Wine Shop.

New opening times will be;

  • Monday-Friday 10am-10pm
  • Saturday 9am-10pm
  • Sunday 10am-5pm

Not only will you have access to our incredibly versatile wine list, but we will also be stocking only the most premium spirits and a small selection of European bottled beers (for those that don’t fancy the vino!)

We will also be offering taster ‘Wine Flights’ accompanied with bites of perfectly paired cheese & meat, as well as full cheese or charcuterie boards. Kick back in the cosy comfort of our ‘Bordeaux Room.’ Think; old oak Barrels, warm glowing tapered candles and of course our trained sommeliers on hand to guide you through our unique and extensive collection of wine. This could be your new weekly (or multiple times weekly!) spot to kick back after a hard day at work.

We also offer outdoor seating as those summer nights are just on the horizon, our shop is situated in the heart of Worcester’s historic city Centre in Reindeer Court (WR1 2DS.)

So what are you waiting for? We’re just waiting for you!

 


What's new in Worcester? And how can your shopping support Ukraine?

What's New In Worcester?


Art is Ar't has its official opening! 

Mayor Stephen Hodges with the ribbon

Having arrived in Worcester from Redditch in December 2021, Art is Ar't had its Official Opening day on Saturday just gone, 26th of March. The Mayor, Stephen Hodges, performed the duty of cutting the ribbon and announcing the gallery as officially open at 10.30 am. A small gathering was there for the ribbon-cutting, made up of the gallery staff and some local artists and their partners.

 

Dermot O’Connor, Owner

Gallery owner Dermot O’Connor said "visitors to the gallery were greeted with Prosecco and small bites to eat throughout the day, to help us to celebrate our arrival in the city centre, which was needed in order to expand our business operations. Based in Crowngate, opposite the House Of Fraser, the move here has proved very successful, with good footfall to the gallery from the shoppers in Worcester, resulting in a good level of art sales and wonderful feedback from locals and visitors to the city alike. As a Fine Art gallery, we exhibit and sell original works of art and exclusive Limited Edition prints by award-winning, world-renowned artists. We also give up wall space for local artists to show and sell their art too."

 

Some of the gathering for the ribbon-cutting ceremony 

Throughout the day, local artists met with the public and talk about themselves and their art. There was also a crafting table set up for the children of the visitors. Being Mother’s Day on the Sunday, 27th, children were able to decorate wooden hearts and plaques with colouring pens and stick on shapes, for their mums, for a personalised Mother’s Day gift.

 

Some of the childrens’ decorated hearts

The event was a big success. Make sure to check out the new gallery when you are next visiting the City Centre.


How can your shopping support Ukraine?

The Entertainer is running a fundraising appeal to support the work of both the British Red Cross and The Salvation Army in their response work to the Ukraine crisis.

As of Thursday 31st March, 100% of proceeds (excluding VAT) from selected Mattel products sold in The Entertainer stores will be donated to the British Red Cross and The Salvation Army’s Ukraine Crisis Appeals. The programme features four of The Entertainer’s best-selling Mattel products; the Barbie You Can Be Anything Travel playset, Hot Wheels Infinity playset, Scrabble and Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn 123 Schoolbook Activity Toy. The Entertainer is providing the funds up-front to both the British Red Cross and The Salvation Army’s Ukraine Crisis Appeals ahead of the sales programme launch, to ensure families and those affected can receive urgent support.

These toys will be in a prominent location in-store to make them easy to find. So if you were considering buying a scrabble set, make it The Entertainer to provide support to Ukraine.


The Botanist Confirms It’s Coming to Worcester!

The Botanist – one of the UK’s most celebrated bar-and-restaurant brands – has today confirmed rumours that it has signed up to Cathedral Square, giving town centre visitors and workers even more to look forward to as we head into spring.

Set to open to the public later this year, the award-winning flagship brand of acclaimed bar, pub and restaurant operator New World Trading Company is renowned for its lavish botanical-themed interiors.

Worcester’s winers and diners can look forward to The Botanist’s world-class cocktails, extensive craft beer offering and famed hanging kebabs. Live music is another key ingredient in helping to create a relaxed and atmospheric experience-led social venue, ideal for family meals, sophisticated evenings and celebrating special occasions.

Samuel Pisani, Centre Manager at Cathedral Square Worcester said, “As the Centre Manager of Cathedral Square, I am thrilled and excited that we can now share the news that The Botanist will be joining our scheme in the heart of Worcester.

Not only will The Botanist be a great addition to the mix of retail and leisure that we currently have, but they will also add further employment opportunities to the local community.

The Botanist share the vision of our Owners and Centre Management Team in offering a diverse and exciting retail and leisure experience for our customers and we look forward to them opening their doors to the public this Spring.”

Photo by Jack Kirwin -JK Photography-

Natasha Waterfield, Chief Operating Officer at New World Trading Company said, “Bringing our unique concepts to new cities and towns for the first time is always an exciting moment for the business.

“Cathedral Square is an exciting new lifestyle destination which aligns with our brand vision. We can’t wait for the residents of Worcester to experience our truly immersive offer at The Botanist.”

Rachel Guy, Openings Manager at New World Trading Company added, “Our stunning new opening brings the opportunity for exceptional individuals to join us. We’re currently recruiting a management team to join us at The Botanist Worcester. Those interested in joining our team will receive award-winning training and the chance to progress across our nationwide brand family.”

Keep an eye out for job opportunities at https://nwtc.uk.com/careers.

The brand is also on the hunt for talented local musicians, across a range of genres including rock, pop, soul and R&B, to join its roster of artists in delivering live entertainment at the new venue. To apply, visit https://thebotanist.uk.com/music-recruitment.


Worcester stands with Ukraine & Downloadable Poster for your window

In Worcester, we have seen the Guildhall lit up in the Ukrainian yellow and blue and a Ukrainian flag flying at Worcester Cathedral. Shopfronts, such as Peplow Jewellers (find them @peplowjewellers on Facebook), have started displaying their solidarity with Ukraine by decorating their window displays. The fabulous Piston Distillery (@pistondistillery) has even been painting their vodka bottles with the flag, with all profits from painted bottles sold going straight to Unicef Ukraine. You can find their shop in the bio of their Facebook page.

If you would like to show your support for Ukraine you can download our A4 window sign HERE.

Printed copies will be available shortly. If you would like a printed copy for your businesses window, please message us and we will add you to our distribution list to bring printed posters to you.

We would love to see what you or your business has been doing to support Ukraine. Tag Worcester BID (@WorcesterBID on Facebook) in your photos (@makeitworc on Instagram) to be shared.

 


NEW April and May Tuesday Training courses are now available for booking

Are you a BID Business? Join Worcester BID for Tuesday Training and let’s make Worcester safer together.

Tuesday Training is a 2022 initiative aiming to bring useful and free training courses to Worcester BID members. We want Worcester to feel safe for everyone in both the day and night. We believe it is imperative that health-based training is offered to create a safer community, a safer city and to make your staff feel trained and ready.

We will be running training throughout 2022 for you and your staff to utilise. You may now sign up to the new following free training programmes for April/May:

  • [AED] Defibrillator Training
  • First Aid
  • Food Hygiene (Please register interest - dates to be released soon)
  • Conflict Management Training and Physical Intervention
  • Health and Safety With Risk Assessment

To find out more about how we can support your BID business press here to open the interactive .pdf and explore what we have on offer and what each course entails. Dates and times for each course may also be found in the document attached.

To book, please forward your chosen courses and dates to gloria.hawthorn@worcesterbid.com.


FREE Digital Marketing Training - Book Now!

Join Worcester BID and the Worcester City Council for FREE digital marketing training for all businesses

As part of the Welcome Back funding to support the recovery of the High Street and to future proof our businesses Worcester BID and Worcester City Council are pleased to announce a series of digital marketing training. Supporting businesses to develop skills, strengthen SEO, raise awareness and engage with larger audiences.

Training is available to any business member within the City Council district. This training is open to all businesses as part of the Welcome Back Fund.


What courses are available to your business? 

All training will run 9.30 AM - 12.30 PM (variations may occur depending on the course taken).


7th March - Social media that works for you / 1-2 hours

Social media, the importance and how to make it work for you. Creating content, building communities and making a plan.

8th March - Benchmarking your analysis / 1-2 hours

Why analytics are important, how to analyse them and why you need to understand your importance to improve your overall profile.

14th March - Digital advertising made easy. / 1-2 hours

Pay per click advertising, display advertising, social media advertising and paying to reach new audiences.

15th March - Creating a digital strategy / 2-3 hours

Digital marketing strategy involves an assessment of specific goals that are achievable through online channels, we will use the time to create one for your business.

21st March - Content planning and scheduling / 1-2 hours

How to plan your content, create calendars, using local events to your advantage and prepare for it.

22nd March - SEO and why websites work / 2-3 hours

Getting started with on-page SEO, application of technical SEO, keyword research and using Google business listing to be seen more.

28th March - How to rank for the web and secrets of growth / 1-2 hours 

How to write for the web, understanding landing pages, keyword application and the power of blogging, beating Google.. or at least getting close.

29th March - SEO strategies made easy / 1-2 hours

SEO strategy is a detailed plan to improve a website's search engine rankings in order to capture more organic traffic, we will use the course time to create one. 

4th April - Practical Marketing / 1-2 hours

Marketing strategies, trending techniques, measuring success and applying immediate marketing actions.

5th April - Everything web and your digital storefront / 2-3 hours

SEO content strategies, how to improve your digital storefront, optimisation for small businesses and creating a stronger website.

11th April - Digital marketing and PR let's break it down / 2-3 hours

Raising your overall PR perspective, utilising local channels, local events and utilising the community to raise your profile.

12th April - Tik Tok, new audiences and you / 1-2 hours 

Why TikTok is one of the most powerful social media platforms, how to utilise it and what the next steps are to reach new audiences.

18th April - Top-ups and deeper learning based on what people found difficult / 1-2 hours

We will use this time for extra learning, anything that course attendees struggled with or want more detail.

19th April - Wrap up questions and how to manage it / 1-2 hours

Within this course we will wrap up the entire course, what has been learnt and follow up questions and getting ready to keep growing your business.


To book onto any of the course options available please email our Business Administrator, Alice Ingleby-Faulkner, at: Alice.Ingleby-Faulkner@worcesterbid.com with the course dates, titles and times you would like to register for.


WORCESTER Business Improvement District (BID) has announced Sam McCarthy as their new Chief Executive

Sam McCarthy, Worcester BIDs newly appointed Chief Executive

Sam joined the team in 2015 and has since worked on managing key partnerships and
has actively developed brand awareness within the city. Sam has a strong background
in business support and engagement and will strive to build awareness and improve
business within the commercial area of Worcester in her new position of Chief
Executive at the Worcester BID.

Notably, Sam has managed the BID through a difficult Covid period and has achieved a plethora of triumphs that have benefited Worcester’s business district. Such achievements include securing funding through the Worcestershire LEP to set up peer to peer networks and the development of a key partnership with Worcester’s Big
Parade, acting to connect the community and businesses, building customer confidence and to reconnect with the city. Further engagement with the local community has been undertaken to support local businesses through shop local campaigns and the recent development of the brand Make it Worc, which has improved B2B relationships in the BID area. Sam has also overseen the installation of infrastructure within two of Worcester’s most iconic heritage streets to permanently enhance and create a vibrant space.

Sam said: “I am thrilled to be appointed Chief Executive at such a pivotal time to support the recovery of our High Street. We recognise the need to be creative and ambitious by exploring ideas to activate space and utilise our outdoor areas more effectively creating a continental dining experience. Also, with a key focus on the night-time economy, Worcester BID will be leading on delivering Purple Flag status to the city as well working with our licensed venues to achieve Best Bar None standards.”

Mark Hughes, Worcester BID Chairman, said: “The board of directors is delighted to welcome Sam to the role of Chief Executive. Sam has a genuine understanding of the complexities of operating a BID and we are confident in her ability to lead the team over this critical post Covid time.”


We are hiring!

We are hiring! An exciting opportunity to join Worcester BID as a Business Engagement & Marketing Executive has arisen.

As the Business Engagement & Marketing Executive at Worcester BID you will be responsible for delivering high profile, targeted and proactive engagement with all BID businesses. If you are passionate about Worcester and are keen to make a difference, we would love to hear from you!

You can find the job specifications HERE.

Apply via Indeed, or apply directly to Sam McCarthy with a cover letter and CV to the following email address: sam.mccarthy@worcesterbid.com


Tuesday Training for Worcester BID members

Are you a BID Business? Join Worcester BID for Tuesday Training and let's make Worcester safer together.

Tuesday Training is a 2022 initiative aiming to bring useful and free training courses to Worcester BID members. We want Worcester to feel safe for everyone in both the day and night. We believe it is imperative that health-based training is offered to create a safer community, a safer city and to make your staff feel trained and ready.

We will be running training throughout 2022 for you and your staff to utilise. You may currently sign up to attend the following free training programmes:

  • [AED] Defibrillator Training
  • First Aid
  • Catastrophic Bleed
  • Mental Health
  • Food Hygiene L2

You may also wish to register for the following training options:

  • Marketing Foundations
  • Website SEO Training
  • Conflict + Physical Intervention
  • Health + Safety with Risk Assessment

These can be found in our April-May date interactive .pdf. This can be found in a later news post.

To find out more about how we can support your BID business press here to open the interactive .pdf and explore what we have on offer and what each course entails. Dates and times for each course may also be found in the document attached.

To book, please forward your chosen courses and dates to gloria.hawthorn@worcesterbid.com.

Terms and Conditions:

All training is booked on a first-come, first-served basis. You may sign-up a maximum of two members of staff for each training course.


It’s time for a big switch on in Friar Street and New Street with the installation of new festoon lighting

It’s time for a big switch on in Friar Street and New Street with the installation of new festoon lighting along both streets, thanks to Worcester Business Improvement District (BID).

 

Worcester BID is responsible for the infrastructure and installation of year round festoon lighting along these two popular, historic streets. For years Friar Street and New Street could not have Christmas lighting or bunting due to a lack of fixing points. This is all about to change thanks to the BID. The lights will be in place by the end of October ready to celebrate the festive period and then stay in place into next year and beyond.

Hannah Webb from Bottles Wine Bar on New Street agrees: “We’re so excited at Bottles at the prospect of festoon lighting all down two of Worcester’s most historic streets. As a Worcester girl who has lived and worked largely on New Street and Friar Street it really inspires a sense of nostalgia and I believe will create a gorgeous atmosphere down our already buzzing little streets. They are a welcome addition, highlighting some of Worcester best independent businesses and boutiques. “

 

Terry Goodwin-Jones and Popi Pribojac own and run The Kings Gallery & Mangojuice Gallery on New Street.  Terry comments: “We are very pleased and excited to hear about the new festoon lighting for Friar Street and New Street. Having traded in New Street for 22 years, it has often felt that we are poor relations to other areas because we never have any Christmas lights, so to now have some permanent festoon lighting is fantastic, especially with the darker evenings coming. It will make these streets so much more atmospheric at night. This is another good initiative by Worcester BID to make Worcester a more attractive place to visit!”

 

Anja Potze owner of Anja Potze Fine Jewellery on Friar Street adds:  “We are thrilled to have the new festoon lighting on Friar Street, shining a spotlight on our independent boutiques, bars and restaurants. This is a thoughtful infrastructure for BID to put in place – and one that visitors and residents will love.”

 

And from Worcester BID, Samantha McCarthy says: “The anticipation around this new festoon lighting is brilliant to see.  It is in initiatives like this that city centres see their truest benefit from the BID, as a private sector support to provide extra elements to the city centre to assist our shops and business. Delivering projects to enhance the public realm is key to support with the recovery of our city post pandemic. We are encouraging locals and visitors to explore different areas of Worcester, helping spread footfall and spend.”

 

 

 

Boxed panel

Worcester Business Improvement District is a business-led and business-funded body, working to improve and promote Worcester city centre as a place to live, work, visit and invest. As a democratically elected, independent body, Worcester BID enables more than 600 businesses to work collectively to influence and impact on how Worcester city centre is managed and develops. BID has been successful to secure its third term with the objectives to promote, support and enhance Worcester.

along both streets, thanks to Worcester Business Improvement District (BID).

 

Worcester BID is responsible for the infrastructure and installation of year round festoon lighting along these two popular, historic streets. For years Friar Street and New Street could not have Christmas lighting or bunting due to a lack of fixing points. This is all about to change thanks to the BID. The lights will be in place by the end of October ready to celebrate the festive period and then stay in place into next year and beyond.

 

Hannah Webb from Bottles Wine Bar on New Street agrees: “We’re so excited at Bottles at the prospect of festoon lighting all down two of Worcester’s most historic streets. As a Worcester girl who has lived and worked largely on New Street and Friar Street it really inspires a sense of nostalgia and I believe will create a gorgeous atmosphere down our already buzzing little streets. They are a welcome addition, highlighting some of Worcester best independent businesses and boutiques. “

 

Terry Goodwin-Jones and Popi Pribojac own and run The Kings Gallery & Mangojuice Gallery on New Street.  Terry comments: “We are very pleased and excited to hear about the new festoon lighting for Friar Street and New Street. Having traded in New Street for 22 years, it has often felt that we are poor relations to other areas because we never have any Christmas lights, so to now have some permanent festoon lighting is fantastic, especially with the darker evenings coming. It will make these streets so much more atmospheric at night. This is another good initiative by Worcester BID to make Worcester a more attractive place to visit!”

 

Anja Potze owner of Anja Potze Fine Jewellery on Friar Street adds:  “We are thrilled to have the new festoon lighting on Friar Street, shining a spotlight on our independent boutiques, bars and restaurants. This is a thoughtful infrastructure for BID to put in place – and one that visitors and residents will love.”

 

And from Worcester BID, Samantha McCarthy says: “The anticipation around this new festoon lighting is brilliant to see.  It is in initiatives like this that city centres see their truest benefit from the BID, as a private sector support to provide extra elements to the city centre to assist our shops and business. Delivering projects to enhance the public realm is key to support with the recovery of our city post pandemic. We are encouraging locals and visitors to explore different areas of Worcester, helping spread footfall and spend.”

 

 

Worcester Business Improvement District is a business-led and business-funded body, working to improve and promote Worcester city centre as a place to live, work, visit and invest. As a democratically elected, independent body, Worcester BID enables more than 600 businesses to work collectively to influence and impact on how Worcester city centre is managed and develops. BID has been successful to secure its third term with the objectives to promote, support and enhance Worcester.