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26/06/2015 – E-Bulletin: Armed Forces Day, Worcester Woods, Annual Showcase, Training, Foodie Festival & Fortnight

Armed Forces Day March – Saturday 27th June

AFD15 RouteFrom 11am, 220 soldiers from The Queens Royal Hussars will be marching through the city as part of Armed Forces Day. The March will start at The Quay and will proceed through the city (see the route below).  It is expected that the streets will be lined with supporters and there may be a short disruption during the procession.

Have Your Say on Worcester Woods Retail Park

‘You will have had a written invitation to attend a presentation from representatives of Salmon Harvester, owners of Cathedral Plaza who will be outlining the reasons why they have objected to the proposed Worcester Woods Retail Park on land off Nunnery Way and Newtown Road. The meeting takes place at 6pm on Monday 6th July at the Whitehouse Hotel on Foregate Street and there will be an opportunity for questions to be asked. Refreshments will be provided. Please email Adrian.field@worcesterbid.com if you are intending to come along. A questionnaire has also been circulated and we are keen for as many businesses to respond to this as possible.

Annual Showcase

An invitation has also been sent out to attend our Annual Showcase on Tuesday (30th June). This takes place at 6.15pm again at the Worcester Whitehouse Hotel. This is your chance to meet the Directors of the BID, find out what has been achieved in the last 12 months and to ask questions. It will run until 7.15 and all BID business employees are invited. Email Adrian.field@worcesterbid.com if you are planning to attend.

Can You Benefit from Free Training?

This is your last call to complete our Training Needs Survey. This allows us to set up free or heavily subsidised courses based on demand and follow our free First Aid and Food Hygiene courses run in the last 2 weeks which numerous BID businesses benefitted from. If you haven’t already completed the form, please do so here and let us have it by Friday 3rd July.

One Festival of Food and Two Weeks of Taste

Foodie_Festival_Fortnight_LogoWe’re delighted to announce that multi – Michelin award-winning chef Jean-Christophe Novelli and local Fusion Brasserie chef Felice Tocchini will be headlining the Worcester Foodie Festival in August. With such a prestigious line up, make sure your business gets involved in the Worcester Foodie Festival and Fortnight this year. You don’t have to be a food and drink business to participate!

The Worcester Foodie Fortnight will be taking place from 27th July to 9th August. This new campaign is building on the success of last year’s Foodie Festival and in order to help even more businesses to get involved and make it even bigger and better it will be over a period of two weeks. This exciting event will be a great opportunity for your business to promote your existing and new products, services and activities and any special offers or £5 / £10 showcase menus. Simply let us know your current offers, any information about events and activities such as live music, talks or themed evenings you are holding on your own premises. By promoting this under the umbrella of the Worcester Foodie Fortnight we are aiming to attract new and repeat customers to your business, for a celebration of all things tasty.

The Worcester Foodie Festival will be taking place in the city centre on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd August with free general admission for visitors. The event is also designed to animate the city centre environment, actively engage with visitors and create improved awareness of BID businesses such as yours and the city centre as a whole. BID businesses can participate with a free stall or getting involved in activities such as the food & drink trail. We are also planning a variety of street entertainment including quality roving artists, face painting and live music to create a pleasant and lively atmosphere for our event visitors.

Worcester BID business can also join the spirit of the event with the following free opportunities:

  • Colourful event bunting
  • Window dressing competition (2x £50 prizes; judged by visitors and a professional)
  • Promotional opportunities by donating competition prizes for event prize draws
  • Activities / competitions at your own premises, e.g. guess the number of sweets in the jar
  • Open days / receptions with food & drink at your own premises
  • Display event posters & postcards

If you haven’t signed up yet, please complete the sign up form or download from www.worcesterbid.com/foodie/information-for-exhibitors. The closing date is today, so please don’t delay in getting back to us. Late registrations may still be included in online promotions, but will not be able to go into the printed event programme. If you have any questions or new ideas, please contact us on 01905 731612 or email info@worcesterbid.com.

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