Latest COVID-19 updates as well as useful information from around the city.
At the beginning of the week, Prime Minister, Boris Johnson announced that we would be able to move to step 2 of the government’s plan with outdoor markets able to reopen from 1 June, subject to all premises being made COVID-secure, as well as car showrooms, which often have significant outdoor space and where it is generally easier to apply social distancing.
The government have assessed the 5 tests formally set for adjusting lockdown in England and announced last night that these had been met, meaning the government can "move forward with adjusting the lockdown."
From Monday 1 June 2020, lockdown in England will ease to allow six people to meet outdoors and in private gardens. Schools will also be opened up to more pupils and a fortnight later, on 15 June 2020, the government intend to allow all other non-essential retail, ranging from department stores to small, independent shops, to reopen. Again, this change will be contingent upon progress against the 5 tests and will only be permitted for those retail premises which are COVID-secure.
Therefore, the UK government has published new guidance for the retail sector detailing the measures they should take to meet the necessary social distancing and hygiene standards. Shops now have the time to implement this guidance before they reopen.
We want our members to know that the BID team stands ready to support them in whatever way we can. We’re also helping the Council and others with their ongoing COVID-19 planning to support the city economy and businesses.
COVID-19 Nottingham Business Survey
As part of our recovery plan, a key aim is to support levy payers through the easing of lockdown measures and phased reopening of businesses. Working with Marketing NG, Growing Nottingham and Nottingham Hospitality Association (NHA), we have created a survey to help better understand the current business landscape and help form the support we and partners provide.
Take the survey here.
It would be appreciated if you could please complete the survey before midnight on Wednesday 3 June 2020 as this is our closing date to gather information in order for us to implemt a plan from our findings.
As businesses plan to open again after lockdown, we want people who work in the city and visitors to feel safe about coming back into the city centre. Therefore, we are offering BID members a re-opening package of social distancing signage, face masks and anti-bacterial hand gel, free of charge.
If you would like to receive any of these items, for free, please click here to complete the form accordingly, detailing how many of each item you would like. Also, please make sure you add in the date as to when you would like to receive the packs to your premises and we will deliver them in line with all the necessary guidelines to keep you and your staff safe.
£50 million boost to support recovery of our high streets
A new £50 million fund for councils to support their local high streets get safely back to business was announced on 24th May by High Streets Minister Simon Clarke.
The Reopening High Streets Safely Fund has been introduced to prepare for the reopening of non-essential retail when the scientific advice allows. The Reopening High Streets Safely Fund will help councils in England introduce a range of safety measures in a move to kick-start local economies, get people back to work and customers back to the shops.
Coronavirus Business Support Blog
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy have launched a new Coronavirus Business Support Blog where you can access a number of case studies and find out how other businesses have used government support schemes and working safety guidance.
For the latest up to date information on support for businesses, visit the coronavirus pages on GOV.UK
Employee Action Programme (EAP)
During the coronavirus outbreak we have been offering members FREE EAPs to help them support their employees during this period of time. We are currently offering two different EAPs; one for retail and the other for members in the hospitality sector.
A number of businesses have already signed up to receive the scheme, free of charge, and we still have availability if any other members would like to take advantage of the opportunity. To find out more about the opportunity or to sign up, click here.
Nottingham city centre still has a lot to offer from restaurants offering click and collect takeaway’s to coffee shops and food stores, cycles to vehicle repairs. To help support these city centre businesses we have created a handy digital map detailing information such as where you can shop for essential items and who is offering a delivery service.
If you would like us to add your business to the map then please email here.
Message from Nottinghamshire Police
"Following a city centre break in, we would like to advise you to review your security and remove any valuables from your display if you have not already done so. Should you have any problems please call 101 or 999 in the case of an emergency."
Nottingham BID's security teams are continuing to patrol the BID zone on a Friday and Saturday between 1pm and 7pm, looking out of any security issues or damage to properties. If you would like our patrols to check on your business premises on our weekly rounds then please email us here
If your business is set to reopen (in line with government guidance), please let us know here so we can ensure our patrolling teams are aware and able to offer support.
Grot Spot Cleaning
Our Grot Spot cleaning service, in conjunction with Nottingham City Council, continues to provide cleansing services to our members, including jet washing and graffiti removal. The team will now be focusing on spraying public furniture including benches, bins and signposts with disinfectant across the city centre.
Find out how to contact them here.
Nottingham BID Members can continue to contact the office on 0115 852 3850 or email individual members of the team here.