Martyn's Law: Ensuring Security for Worcester Businesses

 

The consultation phase for Martyn’s Law, the Terrorism (Protection of Premises) Bill, is now underway, representing a crucial opportunity for Worcester’s business community to contribute to enhanced security measures.

Named after Martyn Hett, a victim of the Manchester bombing, this legislation aims to mandate venue owners to assess terrorism threats and implement appropriate and robust measures. The legislation ensures readiness and response training for individuals in the event of an attack. Enhanced security systems, staff training, and clearer processes aim to deliver better protection, aligning with government responses to the Manchester Arena Inquiry. The bill will be passed under a tiered framework, meaning different types of businesses will be mandated to undertake different measures.

Under Martyn’s Law, proprietors of standard-tier premises in Worcester, covering sites with capacities ranging from 100

 

to 799 individuals, must fulfil key requirements. This is the most common business type in Worcester that will be affected by the new bill. Standard-tier businesses will need to notify the Regulator of their responsibility for the premises and namely, implement procedural measures to mitigate the risk of harm to individuals in the event of an attack. Notably, the revised Bill eliminates the need for specified forms, prescribed training, or physical alterations to equipment, reducing disruption to most Worcester city centre local business operations.

Business owners and stakeholders in Worcester are urged to engage in the Government’s consultation process, offering insights to inform the finalisation of this legislation. This initiative strongly resonates with Worcester BID’s dedication to cultivating a safer environment. Through expanded training initiatives, including our Catastrophic Bleed Courses, heightened safety measures, and the improved utilisation of the CCTV-integrated business radio network, CityNet, we aim to enhance security measures. Additionally, our collaborative endeavours, such as Safe Space, underscore our commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of our community members at work, as residents and whilst enjoying all that our city has to offer.

Your input will contribute to the Government’s endeavour to enhance public safety and national security. As this Bill impacts Worcester businesses, it’s essential to be prepared for the changes it brings. Martyn’s Law is a legislative step in the right direction, but it needs your stakeholder input. You can participate in the consultation via the government website: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/martyns-law-standard-tier-consultation.


Martyn's Law: An Important Update for Business Owners

The public consultation on the Terrorism (Protection of Premises) Bill, also known as Martyn’s Law is now open. The government consultation will run for 6 weeks

Martyn’s Law is a new legislation in the UK that will mandate those responsible for certain premises and events to consider the terrorist risk and how they would respond to an attack. It is named in tribute to Martyn Hett, who was killed in the Manchester bombing. The law will follow a tiered model linked to the type of activity taking place and the expected audience size and will seek to improve how prepared a venue is without putting an undue burden on business.

In summary, those responsible for Standard Tier premises must:

  • Notify the Regulator that they are, or have become, responsible for premises within the scope of the Bill (and so subject to the relevant requirements). This remains broadly in line with previous requirements.
  • Have in place procedural measures that could be expected to reduce, so far as reasonably practicable, the risk of physical harm to individuals at the premises in the event of an attack. These relate only to the procedures to be followed by people working at the premises in the event of an attack occurring or being suspected as about to occur. As the procedural measures are about procedures for responding to an attack or suspected attack, it is not expected or required that physical alterations be undertaken or additional equipment purchased for Standard Tier premises.
  • In contrast to the published draft Bill, there is no requirement to complete a specified form (the ‘Standard Terrorism Evaluation’) for Standard Tier premises or ensure that people working at the premises are given any specific training. However, as part of putting in place the procedural measures, workers will need to be sufficiently instructed or trained to carry them out effectively.

The consultation is targeted at organisations, businesses, local and public authorities, and individuals who own or operate publicly accessible premises or events that the Terrorism (Protection of Premises) Bill will potentially affect.

It seeks views from those responsible for smaller premises which would fall within the standard tier. Standard tier venues are businesses with a capacity of 100-799 individuals.

The bill will impose requirements about certain premises and events to increase their preparedness for, and protection from, a terrorist attack by requiring them to take proportionate steps, depending on the size and nature of the activities that take place at the premises.

The proposed requirements would apply to those responsible for qualifying public premises and qualifying public events.


Take the consultation here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/martyns-law-standard-tier-consultation

 


Worcester Leads the Charge Against Retail Theft

The recent release of the 2023 Retail Crime Survey by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) has illuminated a national picture of a concerning surge in violence against staff and retail theft. The BRC are urging government intervention to safeguard retail workers, underscoring the pressing need for nationwide investment in deterrents, coupled with comprehensive training and support networks. Aligning with these findings, Policing Minister Chris Philp has initiated a national action plan to combat shoplifting, urging retailers to swiftly provide CCTV footage and shoplifters’ images for identification through facial recognition technology. The introduction of the Pegasus police program further seeks to gather intelligence on organised crime gangs involved in shoplifting, aiming to enhance collaboration between retailers and law enforcement.

Remarkably, Worcester has been ahead of the curve, already implementing very similar strategies for some time. The city’s resilience against the rising trend of retail theft is evident. Worcester BID is taking action to help local businesses reduce theft by providing comprehensive training courses, increasing the use of the 24/7 CCTV-connected CityNet radio system, and using GDPR-compliant DISC information sharing systems, working to strengthen the understanding and adoption of effective theft reduction schemes. Tailored Safer City meetings have evolved into essential platforms for businesses to unite against the shared challenge of retail theft, receiving insights directly from crucial partners like West Mercia Police, providing a helpful support network.

Worcester’s success in combatting retail theft is backed by tangible statistics. From June 20th, 2023, to January 19th, 2024, Worcester BID’s Safer Streets Officer reported 57 instances of asset and monetary recovery and 87 cases of deterrence within the business district. This dedicated officer actively addresses anti-social behaviour, particularly in hot-spot areas, and supports staff in reporting crimes, contributing to a substantial recovery of £12,755.15 in just seven months.

Through collaborative efforts and heightened awareness, Worcester’s partners have effectively intensified the targeting of retail theft, working towards safer streets for everyone. It is great to see that there is a national push to reduce retail theft, and even better to see that Worcester’s endeavours have already yielded success in combatting retail theft. The city is committed to further cultivating partnerships and providing ongoing efforts that support businesses to flourish.

 


Contemplating the Evolution of Worcester's Balanced High Street & its Future

Public spaces, important in any city, serve as channels for social interaction and community cohesion. Yet, urban expert Matthew Davis of the Institute of Place Management, issues a warning—public spaces, from sports centres to parks and libraries, face an impending crisis of closure and underfunding. In a recent article titled ‘Pay to stay: an inflection point for accessible towns and cities’, Davis underscores the dwindling support for UK public spaces, advocating for a renewed emphasis on investing in free-to-stay areas that can address community need.

So, is Worcester too at a pivotal juncture where economic prosperity converges with social responsibility? The delicate task of maintaining accessibility for the city centre — the very heart of our community — as a member of the Worcester Business Improvement District, provides some conflict between our aim to foster business growth and Davis’s imperative to preserve public spaces. Davis contends that community input should underpin our urban environment, urging a balanced approach that marries commercial development with investments in public spaces, forging an inclusive city, and we don’t disagree.

The evolving high street introduces challenges to maintaining community spaces as businesses adopt pay-to-stay models for increased turnover, which is great for our economy. Davis suggests striking a balance between community accessibility and high street economic growth is crucial — but how well does Worcester achieve this?

While Worcester considers this challenge, municipal services, such as our city-centre public library, The Hive, stand out as successful community hubs, a stark contrast to the national trend of defunding and closures addressed in the article. However, the question lingers: does Worcester provide enough free alternatives to counterbalance pay-to-stay policies?

In response to the community ownership debate, Worcester takes its own path, with businesses like Script Haven and Sugar Daddy’s Cafe fostering meaningful community narratives. Script Haven, recognised by The Times as the third-best independent bookshop in the UK, actively engages with local talent and charities. Sugar Daddy’s Cafe has become an LGBTQ+ community hub, promoting inclusivity. Additionally, Worcester City Council allocates funding for initiatives like the Arches and Scala Theatre redevelopment, enhancing community accessibility.

The ongoing debate asks whether the high street should grow organically or if active intervention and investment in community-led infrastructure is necessary. However, does this apply to our city?

Worcester appears to strike a delicate equilibrium between economic growth and community well-being, successfully paving its path towards a balanced future.


Safe Space: Worcester's Nighttime Guardian Reveals Impressive Debut Stats

In the bustling nighttime economy of Worcester, the new Safe Space has well and truly arrived, offering solace to those who may find themselves vulnerable in our city. Safe Space, a beacon of compassion and care, takes to our streets every Friday and Saturday night, as well as during events, providing a safe environment for residents, students, and visitors alike.

Operated by a team of dedicated professionals, Safe Space is more than just a physical location; it’s a helping hand for those in need. Safe Space embraces everyone with open arms, free of charge and has already helped many city-goers. The ethos of Safe Space is simple: to extend medical support, welfare support or otherwise and to offer this without any preconceived notions.

In its inaugural seven nights of operation, Safe Space has proven to be more than just a safety net – it’s a financial boon for the NHS, saving an impressive figure of at least £4300 – without any financing from you the taxpayer. Beyond the monetary value, it has addressed and managed 39 medical and welfare incidents during this short span, showcasing its now indispensable role in improving community safety standards.

During the chilly nights of December, when festivities filled the air, Safe Space served as a crucial support system for Worcester’s residents, students, and visitors. Over just seven nights, including New Years Eve, their impact was felt deeply: 13 visitors, perhaps unfamiliar with the city’s terrain, discovered a haven in their time of need, 24 residents found solace and assistance and 2 students also received aid. 5 other individuals, who were not categorised at the time of visiting, were also assisted by the Safe Space.

Safe Space is more than a service; it’s a testament to the strength of a community that values compassion and inclusivity. Let Safe Space stand as a reminder that the city is fostering a culture of care that makes Worcester truly exceptional.

 

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CUPP Unveils Exciting New Menu with UK's First Mochi Topping and Baby Boba

CUPP have been trading for over 10 years, proudly pushing to be pioneers of boba tea innovation in the UK. CUPP is thrilled to introduce their brand new menu which is set to captivate the taste buds of boba tea lovers across the nation.

The centrepiece of this menu expansion is the Mochi Series (pronounced moe-chee). Marking a historic milestone in the UK boba tea industry, CUPP is the first major chain to introduce the delightful chewiness of mochi topping to their menu. This exciting move solidifies CUPP's position as an industry leader in innovation.

In addition to the pioneering Mochi Series, CUPP Bubble Tea is proud to unveil two other captivating series:

Cloud Series
Elevate your daily boba tea with the introduction of our Cloud Series: featuring a luxurious, light cheese topping that adds a sweet & savoury element to your drink. Take it up a notch and make it a Cloudcake by adding a sprinkle of caramelised biscuit crumbs - think vanilla cheesecake!

Hot Brown Sugar Series
Our nation's favourite - Brown Sugar Series is now available hot! These indulgent drinks can now comfort all of our customers through the colder months. It’s a perfect pick me up to beat the winter blues.

CUPP's commitment to pushing the boundaries of flavour doesn't stop there. The new menu also boasts an exciting array of new boba teas that are sure to become instant favourites:

1. Mango Matcha
2. Brown Sugar Taro
3. Choco- Caramel
4. Passion Fruit Tea
5. Vanilla Latte Boba - for the coffee lovers!

In addition to these exciting offerings, CUPP is proud to announce the release of "Baby Boba" for the youngest members of the bubble tea-loving community. They’ll be offering a free toy for all mini bobas throughout November and December. "We are absolutely thrilled to introduce our latest menu - it’s exciting to see the hard work of our teams come to life. We have put a lot of work and research into bringing the best new boba trends to the UK from Taiwan; the home of boba tea! " Said Lee Peacock, Founder and CEO of CUPP.

The new menu will be available in all CUPP Bubble Tea UK stores starting in October. Whether you're a dedicated boba tea enthusiast or a curious newcomer, CUPP invites you to embark on a flavour-filled journey with these exciting new offerings.


Take our comprehensive Public Perception Survey and have your say on the City

Worcester BID is undertaking a Public Perception Survey that will guide support procedures implemented across Worcester in the coming months and years.

 

Your city experience matters to us. We value your input on your experiences in the city – from modes of transportation to your safety concerns, and even specific locations that you think require improvement. Please share your thoughts with us.
We value your time and as a token of appreciation, you'll be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win a £100 voucher to a Worcester city centre business upon completion of the survey.
Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey, it should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete.

City Council Growth Grants Released - Applications now Closed Until April

Please note that applications to Worcester City Council are currently closed until April 2024. Applications for the Start Up and Growth Grants will open again in 2024. 

Business Growth Grant – Worcester City Council

Worcester Business Growth Grant: Helping Your Growing Business Succeed

If your business has been trading for more than a year, you can apply for a grant of up to £2,500 (if home-based) or £5,000 (if in commercial premises). The grant, which requires a minimum of £1,000 matching funds from your own resources, can be used towards one-off expenses to help your business grow. These expenses can include equipment, machinery, website construction, building works, premises refurbishment, fixtures and fittings, software, and other similar costs. The minimum grant is £1,000 and must be matched from own resources. This means your project must cost a minimum of £2,000.

To be eligible for the grant, your business must be based in Worcester, and you must demonstrate that you need the grant to move forward with your project. Only one grant is available per business or applicant.

Funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, the Worcester Business Growth Grant is part of Worcester City Council’s allocation of £2.96m. To receive an application pack or for more information, contact the Worcester City Council Economic Development team at economy@worcester.gov.uk or call 01905 722106.

If your business operates from retail premises, you may also be eligible for the Retail Enhancement Grant. The grant provides up to £12,000 for businesses moving into an empty unit and up to £6,000 for improvements to the internal appearance, frontage, or accessibility for those already in a retail unit.

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𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗖𝗮𝗯𝗶𝗻 𝗦𝘁𝘂𝗱𝗶𝗼 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗚𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗵𝗮𝘀 𝗹𝗮𝘂𝗻𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗱!

Calvin [pictured second], Owner of The Cabin, said that the team was "very excited to be expanding on the established retail store on Trinity Street and that the new venue allows for a dedicated art space, for bespoke picture framing and fine art printing services". In particular Calvin is excited to be able to provide a space for local artists to exhibit and sell work.
The Cabin has also invested in facilities that allow them to scan original artwork for local artists to have a quality printing service in the heart of the city.
On Thursday 23rd February, The Cabin Studio and Gallery launched with 𝘖𝘶𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘚𝘱𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘛𝘪𝘮𝘦, an exhibition of handmade prints by the incredibly talented Chris Bourke Art .
Chris, full-time artist and printmaker [pictured fourth], said "myself and Calvin have build up a relationship over the years through his framing of my work; this is my first show since 2011 in Worcester and I am excited to have the opportunity to go through my archives and to show art that has never been exhibited before."
The new venue will also house specialist framing services! Sylvie [pictured third] said that they are happy to announce that they offer hand joined frames that can be custom built now they have the new facilities at the Arch: most prominently, Sylvie is proud that they offer conservation framing with the option of UV protected glass and quality wood framing.
You can now find The Cabin's second venture at Unit 1 Netherton Court in The Arches, Worcester.
Find them on Instagram @discoverthecabin!
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