What's happening in Bromley - July 2020 newsletter

Posted on: July 22, 2020

Update from Frances Forrest, BID Manager

As lockdown measures continue to lift, Bromley is working hard to safely reopen the town for businesses and visitors. The BID has been supporting and guiding businesses through this tough trading period and now, more than ever, we must work together to help the business community. Your Bromley BID provides a unified voice for businesses, and we thank you for your continued support.

We urge businesses to abide to the social distancing measures set out by the Government.

Stephanie, our Street Ambassador, is out and about, walking our BID area, talking to businesses and offering support. We are taking this opportunity to cleanse our database contacts, so do expect a visit from Stephanie to ensure we have the latest contact details for you or a call from Zoe, our Business Engagement consultant or myself. We always want to ensure you are receiving the latest communication from us.

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Welcome Back to Bromley

We have produced a straightforward guide to producing your own tailored risk assessment (a legal requirement for reopening) with an editable template. If you have not already seen this, you can find this here.

We’d love to hear what you are up to to help you promote your business. If you have any special offers, services or discounts available at the moment, or simply need help communicating limited opening hours, get in touch and we will promote your business. Simply send us an email to admin@yourbromley.com and we will do our best to help.

We are also pleased to share that Barclays are hosting business support webinars for businesses in Bromley. Details of these are available on the homepage of our website.


Face coverings

As per the latest Government guidance (15 July), face coverings in shops will become mandatory in England on 24 July.

Shoppers who fail to wear a mask will face a fine of up to £100. This will be reduced to £50 if people pay within 14 days.

Your Bromley BID asks businesses to monitor shoppers who visit their shops to ensure face coverings are used. If you come into contact with a customer who is not wearing a face mask, we remind you that you have the right to refuse entry to them.


What you’d like the Bromley town centre to look likeyour views wanted

A consultation has been launched which will develop new planning guidance for Bromley Town Centre. The guidance is designed to help the town centre thrive in years to come. Comments are sought on a range of issues including retail, public realm and transport and environmental issues. Input from local businesses as well as residents is considered vital in shaping this guidance.

Please give your views through this short online survey by 5 October.


Our commitment to a more sustainable Bromley

There was a significant drop in carbon emissions throughout lockdown, with road transport playing a bit part.

Local authorities across the UK are making changes to our streets in response to Covid-19, making it safer to walk and cycle.

Your Bromley BID is committed to a cleaner, greener, more sustainable town centre, and we are exploring how we can support the national effort.

Please keep an eye out for next month’s newsletter where we hope to share details on how your business can support a more sustainable Bromley.


Register for the 'Eat Out to Help Out' Scheme

You can use the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme to offer a discount to diners and encourage them to eat at your restaurant.

Eat Out to Help Out Scheme:

  • can be used all day, every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 to 31 August 2020
  • the scheme offers a 50% discount, up to a maximum of £10 per person, to diners eating in, for food or non-alcoholic drinks
  • businesses must then claim the money back from the government

You can find out more about the scheme and eligibility here.


Digital meetings for Retail and Hospitality businesses

Our security meetings are going online via Zoom and as follows:

Retailers Security: Tuesday 18 August at 2.30 pm for max of one hour

  • Review of latest and most prolific shoplifters and dippers in Bromley town centre
  • Tips and sharing of good practice amongst all attendees.

Licensing Partnership for DPS’s of town centre pubs, clubs and restaurants - Tuesday 25 August at 3.30 pm for max of one hour

  • Experience of re-opening and support needed
  • Latest on new licences for outside seating
  • and Q&A

For more information or to express interest in attending, please contact enquiries@yourbromley.com


Changes to BID recycling services

We have paused our funding of the First Mile recycling service for businesses owing to a reduction in our income. This means that the cost of recycling through First Mile will need to be met by the business when ordering more supplies, till further notice. Fortunately, First Mile have agreed to offer their services at a discounted rate to Bromley town centre businesses.

First Mile also ask businesses to let them know when they have waste ready to be collected. as they are temporarily not using schedules for collections. Each collection can be booked in by the business as and when you need it. It's really easy to have a collection booked. Simply head to the Customer Portal, enter your email address and click "email me a link to login". The email you receive will log you straight in to the portal and you can book a collection with a simple press of the "collect this evening" button that can be found at the top right of the home page.

If you have any trouble along the way please feel free to let First Mile know; they’ll be more than happy to assist getting you logged in. To order more supplies or to register anew, please call 0333 300 3448 or email customers@thefirstmile.co.uk.

And please visit https://thefirstmile.co.uk/ to see the full range of recycling and waste collection services available to businesses.


Refill water containers and reduce single use plastic

Your Bromley BID is promoting free water refill stations sign posted through a Refill London app. This allows users of the app to identify businesses that offer free water refills in any given location. The benefit for these local businesses is increased footfall and some free advertising, with the obvious potential of increased revenue. Here’s a video showing how safe it is to put reuseables back on the menu. Please do watch and share.

We’re looking for businesses interested in making drinking water available to passers-by, so please let us know at enquiries@yourbromley.com and we’ll do the rest..