Latest Update from Nottingham BID - Friday 3 July 2020

Latest News from Nottingham BID

This week the Prime Minister announced that the government will bring forward £5bn of capital investment projects, supporting jobs and the economic recovery, including:

  • £900m for a range of ‘shovel ready’ local growth projects in England over the course of this year and next, as well as £96m to accelerate investment in town centres and high streets through the Towns Fund this year. This will provide all 101 towns selected for town deals with £500k-£1m to spend on projects such as improvements to parks, high streets, and transport.

To help employers reopen their businesses safely, the government has updated their working safely tool on gov.uk to reflect new easements from 4th July, in England only. 

The guidance highlighted will help you carry out a risk assessment and make sensible adjustments to the site and workforce. Employees can also use this guidance to check what their workplace needs to do to keep people safe.

This guidance is only for businesses that are allowed to reopen in England and can be found here.

From Saturday 4th July pubs, restaurants and hairdressers will be able to reopen, providing they adhere to COVID Secure guidelines - updated guidance for all workplace settings can be found here.

  • A new FAST TRACK Outdoor Space Application form has been designed by Nottingham City Council to support businesses to operate safely with all the necessary measures in place.  A licence WILL be required for ALL outdoor seating, setting up of barriers, chairs, tables, stalls or queuing areas on the highway.
     
  •  People can now enjoy staycations in England with the reopening of accommodation sites - guidance on opening up the visitor economy can also be found here
     
  • In order to begin restoring the arts and cultural sector, some leisure facilities and tourist attractions may also reopen, if they can do so safely – this includes outdoor gyms and playgrounds, cinemas, museums, galleries, theme parks and arcades, as well as libraries, social clubs, places of worship and community centres - guidance on opening up the visitor economy can also be found here.

A range of measures have already been put in place around the city centre to enable people to move around public places safely and to support retailers with safe trading. This includes a joint campaign with us and Nottingham City Council to provide signage on pavements and outside shops to ask people to maintain social distancing, as well as encouraging people to keep left on pavements and pedestrianised areas. Banners and posters are also in place to welcome people back to the city centre.

As 'Super Saturday' fast approaches, various members from our team of Street Ambassadors will be in the city to provide assistance to our members should they need it. If you require support on the day or have a query please email the team here.
 

Nottingham BID continues to support it's members and other city centre businesses adapt to a new way of working following the COVID-19 outbreak, promoting a safe exit from lockdown and identifying the next steps required to shape the long-term recovery of the city centre.

 

Window Vinyls
Created in partnership with Nottingham City Council, we are offering free window vinyls to businesses to remind people to maintain social distancing, as well as encouraging people to keep left.

These bright signs encourage social distancing and tie in with the city dressings that can be found across Nottingham city centre.

If you would like to receive a free window vinyl, please complete the form here

Business Re-Opening Packs

If you are in the Nottingham BID area and you are preparing to open up your business again, apply for one of our our free re-opening business packs of social distancing floor stickers, cashier desk strut cards, government guidance posters, face masks and anti-bacterial hand gel.

Fill in the form and one of our Street Ambassadors will deliver the pack to your business. (Please note: Stock is limited, therefore please bear this in mind when requesting quantities.)


An overview of what Nottingham BID has put into place throughout the panademic, as well as plans and activities to support the safe and sustainable reopening of Nottingham city centre can be found here.

Checklist
 If your business hasn't reopened yet take a look at our checklist of issues you may need to consider before opening. 

Businesses who offer food and drink should also read sector specific reopening advice from the Food Standards Agency.

Digital map
We are continuing to update the handy digital map that we have created to highlight to the public which businesses are open and what services are available to help support Nottingham's city centre businesses and this is promoted through our consumer facing channel, It's in Nottingham.

The map is updated on a daily basis so if you would like us to add your business to the map then please email here.

Good to Go Assurance Mark for the Hospitality /Tourism Industry
VisitEngland in partnership with the national tourist organisations of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales has launched a UK-wide industry standard and consumer mark to provide a ‘ring of confidence’ for tourism as the sector works towards reopening.
 
The ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard and supporting mark means businesses can demonstrate that they are adhering to the respective Government and public health guidance, have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and checked that they have the required processes in place.
 
The scheme is free to join and open to all businesses across the industry. The application is quick and easy and once approved, business will be able to download and print off the We're Good to Go certificate to display to the general public.

For further information and details of how to get started, please click here.

HR, Employment Law, Training and Guidance
We are continuing to offer businesses within the BID zone, the opportunity to sign up to a free HR and employment law guidance session with solicitor and employment law specialist - Richard Stace. 

The session will cover a range of currently relevant topics around changes to the furlough scheme, varying contracts (flexible hours, furloughing), homeworking, managing redundancies and managing absence. There will also be the opportunity for you to ask any questions.

If you are interested in attending a Zoom session please email us here and we will organise for another guidance session to take place.

Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs) 
Throughout lockdown we have been providing members with Employee Assistance Programmes, which offer employees in the leisure, retail and hospitality sectors comprehensive care packages, services and benefits.

We are providing the schemes for free to our members, to enable them to support their employees. Many businesses have already signed up to the complimentary EAP and we still have some availability if any other members would like to take advantage of the opportunity. To find out more or to sign up, click here