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Welcome to our blog, bringing you a number of blogs from the BID team.

Your Bromley is the Business Improvement District (BID) for Bromley town centre. It is a business led and business funded scheme to improve Bromley town centre through additional services and new initiatives and aims to promote Bromley to visitors old and new. The BID has been running for five years and there will be a reballot shortly. Starting this week, for six weeks a member of the BID team will be sharing their experiences over the past five years and explaining why they feel a yes vote from Bromley businesses is important for Bromley.


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6 January 2021

This week we hear from Andy Bawn, Chair of Your Bromley BID and Manager of The Greyhound.

I'm Andy Bawn, the Manager at The Greyhound on Bromley High Street. I'm also Chair of the Board of Directors for Your Bromley, the Business Improvement District (BID). The BID's job is to promote our town centre and help to support and grow businesses within the area, and the local economy.

I'm really proud of the achievements of Your Bromley over the past five years and, as a business manager, I get to see first-hand the benefits of the BID and the difference it makes to our town. The support the BID offers to local businesses ranges from the events we put on to increase the number of people visiting Bromley, like free film screenings with Midsummer Movies and the Christmas light switch on, through to hands-on practical help like offering free recycling or improved security in the town centre.

Your Bromley has funded increased Police presence, and other safety measures, which help to give traders and visitors confidence in the safety of our town centre, day and night.

The added Police presence helps deter people intent on misbehaving and helps prevent shoplifting.

Thousands of pounds worth of stock has successfully been returned to businesses which would otherwise have severely impacted on profits.

Last year was of course different. Your Bromley has acted behind the scenes, helping businesses to secure government and council grants and assistance, plus providing advice for levy payers who have particular problems that they cannot resolve themselves.

The BID team has been available for help regarding all COVID 19 related guidelines and the latest updates from central government.

There are very few areas of our lives that have not been affected by the pandemic. The loss of both independent and national businesses has left everyone with a huge feeling of uncertainty. I believe Your Bromley is more important than ever at this time and would encourage businesses to vote yes at the re-ballot in February.

A yes vote is a vote for shopping locally, for local business, for the security of our town, for waving the flag for Bromley and continuing to improve the vibrancy and attractiveness of our town as a destination rather than just a town centre. A yes vote will help the local economy to recover from the pandemic, as it will mean there is a dedicated presence acting in the best interest of business.

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14 January 2021

Your Bromley is the Business Improvement District (BID) for Bromley Town Centre. It is a business led and business funded scheme to improve Bromley Town Centre through additional services and new initiatives and aims to promote Bromley to visitors old and new. The BID has been running for five years and there will be a reballot this year.

This week is the second in a series of six features that will see members of the BID team sharing their experiences of the last five years and explaining why they feel a yes vote from Bromley businesses is important for Bromley. Today we hear from Deputy BID Manager, Zoe Griffiths.

My name is Zoe Griffiths, and I am the Deputy BID Manager for Your Bromley.

Over the past five years the BID has engaged with all our businesses – from independents to premium retail chains, professional services and our offices – creating activity that all of these businesses can get involved with, and that is designed to help and support them all. We have also initiated a networking community for Bromley businesses to interact with each other.

Most recently I’m really proud of the dedicated support we’ve been able to offer to our local economy during COVID. We have helped businesses access funding and, in some cases, even helped some unlock more funds than they had thought were available to them.

Bromley is one of the top 50 retail destinations in the UK and I’m looking forward to helping the town maintain and build on that reputation over the next five years. Our new business plan will see a continuation of existing programmes, like recycling and chewing gum cleaning, that help make the town centre a clean and welcoming environment for businesses, employees and visitors. It will also see us deliver activities designed to attract more visitors to the town centre. Our experience-led plan will celebrate the heritage of the town by creating pop-up arts moments and installations. Continuing to fund the Christmas Lights will also remain a key part of our activity.

In addition to the events programme we will also be shining a light on individual businesses, highlighting their Corporate Social Responsibility efforts and sharing CSR opportunities, matching businesses with the right people to help them achieve their aims in this important area. We also plan to introduce a staff loyalty scheme that will help Bromley businesses attract and retain quality staff, making working in the town more appealing than ever.

Over the last five years the BID has achieved a great deal. We have provided over 4,000 additional policing hours, recovered over £30,000 of stolen stock, saved businesses over £30,000 in recycling costs, cleaned over 14,000 square miles of chewing gum, provided the Christmas tree and lights for five years, and held many events designed to increase town centre footfall. These are all things that make a real difference to businesses in Bromley.

A Yes vote is a vote for a continuation of these services and even more exciting new activities to help Bromley businesses and appeal to visitors, both now and in the future. A Yes vote means we can continue to provide a dedicated presence acting in the best interests of Bromley businesses to help the local economy recover from the current pandemic.

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20 January 2021

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I’m Chris Glover, Theatre Director at The Churchill Theatre and Board Director at Your Bromley.

One of the highlights of each year for me is the Christmas lights switch-on, organised every year by Your Bromley alongside our team at The Churchill Theatre. It’s a great community event and, in most years, people fill the High Street to watch the parade and the cast from our panto. It marks the start of Christmas for me, followed by the arrival of the Christmas Market that really makes our town stand out and look different. I’m glad last year’s online lights switch on meant we could still share some festive joy, albeit virtually and that we managed to offer a Christmas Market too.

The events Your Bromley organises throughout the year really help to attract new people to the town, delivering increased footfall that the businesses then benefit from. From the Christmas Lights to the wonderful Wimbledon screenings that create a great atmosphere at lunchtimes and, of course, the free movie screenings at the Midsummer Movies event every year in Queen’s Gardens. All of these events, combined with some of the really practical things the BID does like street cleaning and chewing gum removal, and the wonderful ambassador, help to make sure the town centre is an attractive and pleasant space to spend leisure time.

A yes vote for Your Bromley will be a great result for the town. The Churchill Theatre, the BID and the Council will be working together to continue to rejuvenate the High Street by bringing in art installations and storyboards celebrating the cultural influences on Bromley like HG Wells and David Bowie. We’re planning mini concerts in the High Street and much, much more. We need to celebrate the culture of Bromley and remember who has influenced it and who was born here.

Your Bromley has supported the businesses of Bromley through the pandemic, keeping us all up to date on information from both the government and local authority and providing practical help accessing additional funding. I would encourage businesses to vote yes at the reballot as there’s so much going on in Bromley, from the great shopping experiences to the cafes, restaurants and leisure facilities – and the BID will help shout about this and make sure even more people enjoy the benefits of the town centre.