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11/09/2014 – BID E-Bulletin

Public Consultation Regarding Worcester Woods Retail Development
As you may be aware, Land Securities are looking at developing land to the south of Newtown Road known as Worcester Woods into a 240,000sq.ft. shopping destination which could include a John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Next and Sainsburys. A planning application is due to be submitted by the end of the year and they have just announced a public exhibition which will take place between noon and 7pm on Friday 19th September on the Lower Ground Floor of the Hive as well as between 10am and 3pm at the same venue on Saturday 20th September. The BID Board are keen to inform all BID businesses about this public consultation event and to encourage you to attend, find out more and have your say on the development as you may have an opinion on how it might affect your businesses and the city centre generally, positively or negatively. The website for the development is www.worcesterwoodsretail.co.uk which will be updated following the public exhibition to include detailed plans.

This is a high profile, large development and we would be delighted to receive any feedback you have, for or against, so that the BID Board can get a feeling of what businesses think to the plans. If you have any comments, please email Adrian.field@worcesterbid.com or call 01905 731612.

Uniquely Yours
The launch of our new publication ‘Uniquely Yours’ takes place on Tuesday 23rd September at The Commandery and is part of our Uniquely Worcester campaign which aims to promote our wonderful independent businesses. 151 independent BID businesses who signed up have a free full page feature of their business have been invited to the launch. The book will be distributed to key locations throughout Worcestershire and beyond and is a fantastic way to showcase the range and quality that we have. If you have been invited but haven’t replied yet, please email info@worcesterbid.com or call 01905 731612.

Customer Service Awards
The Worcester Whitehouse Hotel is the setting for the 4th Annual Customer Service Awards ceremony on Monday 29th September. 76 businesses have asked to have a mystery shop or assessment as a physical visit, telephone call or email (or all three!) and they have all been invited to attend. The results will be announced on the night along with each business receiving a confidential report on how their business performed. Winners will be announced on the night via social media and we hope that there will be great media coverage for the winners as usual. The aim of the assessments is to drive up standards of customer service in the city centre in order to generate more repeat customers for us all.  The event is hosted by Free Radio Breakfast Show Presenter, Helen Wheels.

BID Chairman Nicki Williams presents the award to last year’s winner Stuart Wilson from House of Dogs

Customer Service Awards 2013 House of Dogs

Business News

Do You Want Your Business to be Marketed in a Premier Place?  Free marketing opportunity
Premier Places in Foregate Street are offering BID businesses a free opportunity to market to their own customers as we feel this would be beneficial to promote yourselves.

All we would ask is that on production of a Premier Places and Student Places key ring by the customer, they would receive a discount from you. Premier Places would actively promote you to tenants and landlords across the county, plus promote you on their popular social media channels. You will also benefit from featuring on their website Premier Rewards page including your logo, offer and link to your website. If you are interested, please contact Dani James at dani@premierplaces.co.uk or call 01905 734177

Train to Gain
Ventutec in Queen Street are offering fellow BID businesses a discount on a series of digital training workshops that they are running throughout September and October.

Social Media for Business
Wednesday 24th September
1pm – 4.30pm at Worcestershire County Cricket Club

An Introduction to Search Engine Optimisation
Thursday 9th October
1pm – 4:30pm at Worcestershire County Cricket Club

Twitter for Business Masterclass
Thursday 16th October
1pm – 4:30pm at Worcestershire County Cricket Club

For BID members we are offering a discount of 30% off the cost of the workshops. The cost with the discount is £49 per delegate. For full details of the workshops or to book delegates can visit http://www.ventutec.com/blog/
or book directly by emailing enquiries@ventutec.com or calling them on 0845 259 1021

The University of Worcester is running a workshop designed to help you think differently about your business; be more competitive in your market, and win (and more importantly, keep) new customers.

This free workshop will address:
*        Protecting your intellectual property
*        Fields of IP protection, inc. Patents, Copyright & related rights, Trademarks etc.
*        Hints and tips on winning tenders
*        Opportunities for additional support and funding available

This workshop will take place at The Hive, Worcester on 16th September 2014 9.00 – 12.30p.m and will include a briefing on the Eureka Moment ! project, future workshops and free consultancy, as well as opportunities to apply for grant finance to support your business innovation.

Register here

May the Forces be With You
Worcester’s Guildhall is the setting for the first annual Remembrance Banquet. This unprecedented event will bring together all kinds of guests from the tri-services, the public, civic heads, cadets, business leaders and so many more.
This unique event hopes to raise thousands of pounds for the two noble charities of Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion.
It includes top class entertainment and the chance tomake a difference to the lives of serving, retired and wounded servicemen and women. This event is in memory of all members of the armed forces past and present who gave their lives for our country, as well as those who continue to keep us safe.

We are now actively seeking sponsors for this event. Benefits of sponsorship can be found on our website http://www.cathedraleventservices.co.uk/sponsorship/  We shall also be running a 100,000 leaflet campaign in the city as well as radio and newspaper advertising. Sponsors will be well represented in all of this activity.

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