Latest News and Updates from Around the City

Here, we have put together all of the latest happenings in the city centre and the events and opportunities you can look forward to in the coming weeks.

Council to check local businesses comply with COVID-19 guidelines
Many businesses in Nottingham have done tremendous work to implement controls so that their business is COVID-secure. Nottingham City Council is grateful to these businesses and the public for following the guidelines and playing their part to help contain the virus.

However, evidence suggests that although there is a broad compliance, some businesses within the city have been failing to follow Government guidelines. Therefore as part of a join initiative with other councils in the county, Nottingham City Council officers will be visiting premises across the entire city from next week to check business are compliant. Business will be given advice and guidance on how to implement adequate measures to control the spread of coronavirus, but any refusing to do so may be served with legal notices requiring improvements to be carried out.

The initiative is being led by Environmental Health, Trading Standards Officers and Community Protection Officers (CPO's), Officers will initially be visiting licensed premises including pubs and restaurants, as well as offering close contact services such as barbers and hairdressers to ensure that suitable control measures are in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection being spread among employees and customers.

Find out more here.

Government Updates:
Safer working guidance: updated (13 August) safer working guidance is available here

Enforcement measures and further easements: on 13 August the Government announced new enforcement measures targeting the most serious breaches of social distancing restrictions. This comes as a number of remaining aspects of England's culture, sport, leisure and business sectors were permitted to reopen on Saturday 15 August in England - except for specific areas where local restrictions are in place. More information is available here.

Coronavirus business support webinars: as part of the UK government’s commitment to supporting businesses and self-employed through the coronavirus pandemic, HMRC have developed new webinars on the following topics:

•    Extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and flexible furloughing webinar – register here
•    Eat out to help out scheme webinar – register here.
•    Coronavirus Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, Universal Credit and Child Benefit webinar – register here
•    Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme webinar - register here

 

 

Face masks
Face coverings are now required when visiting museums, galleries, cinemas and places of worship in England. It has also been compulsory to wear them in shops since 24 July - this includes shops, supermarkets, shopping centres, banks, building societies and post offices. It extends to railway and bus stations and airports.

Customers must wear a face covering before entering any shop and keep it on until they leave. Those who fail to do so could be fined up to £100. The rules are enforced by the police, not shop workers.

To help keep people safe and to remind visitors to the city centre to wear a face covering, we have created a poster for businesses to display. If you would like to receive a poster please email us here and we will arrange for our Street Ambassadors to delivery to your premises.

 

City Centre Protest
Nottinghamshire Police and Nottingham City Council are aware of a demonstration which is planned for Saturday 22 August 2020.
 
Plans have been made in relation to that demonstration and the management of it, which include the closure to traffic (but not pedestrians) of King Street and Queen Street, Nottingham. The closure will commence from 09:00 on Saturday morning.
 
The traffic closure will be lifted as soon as possible, when the police consider it is safe to do so.
 
There are no other planned closures, but if circumstances do result in spontaneous closures, these will be updated on the Nottinghamshire Police’s Facebook page.

 

Nottingham Wise Owl Walk - New Opportunity for Businesses 

As part of our recovery plan, we have created a brand new trail to encourage visitors into the city centre. 10 colourful owl sculptures will be landing at various location in the city centre from 1 September 2020, creating a fun and interactive trail for people to enjoy until 6 November 2020.

We are working with Wild In Art, who were the creatives behind the popular Hoodwinked trail back in 2018 and hope the Wise Owl Walk will encourage visitors into the city and promotes dwell time spent in the centre.

We will be producing an A4 map for people to follow to find the owls and we are hoping that members can display some copies of the map in their business so people can call in and pick up a map. If you would like to stock the map and be listed on our consumer facing channel, It's in Nottingham as a distributor, please register here.

We will deliver the maps to you prior to 1st September.

DEADLINE FOR REGISTERING IS 23:59PM - FRIDAY 28TH AUGUST 2020.

 

Eat Out to Help Out

A variety of city centre businesses are involved in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme to help people dine out for less this month. Over on our consumer facing channel, It's in Nottingham, we have created a handy digital map showing all the participating venues in the city centre. 
Let us know here if we have missed anyone and  we'll add them to the map!

Restaurants and cafés can still register to take part. To register for the Eat Out to Help Out scheme click here.

 

When the UK entered lockdown in March 2020 we acted to support you, to listen to you and to respond to your new needs, whilst simultaneously providing leadership across the city, creating a clear strategy, followed by all public partners for the safe and sustainable reopening of the city.

Our response has been in three stages:  

RESPONSE:
With the closure of all non-essential business our immediate response was to provide businesses with support in closing, and up to date information.
  • Weekly communications highlighting the most up to date support, advice and guidance. Directly supported over 400 businesses in accessing COVID-19 grants.
  • Provided access to comprehensive care packages, counselling and training through Employee Assistance Programmes to support employee welfare.
  • Conducted security patrols totalling over 200 hours of the city to ensure the security of vacant premises during lockdown.
  • Gathered insight from over 5,500 consumers to understand changing habits and opinions to help shape reopening plans and support people coming back to Nottingham.
REOPEN:
As lockdown was due to ease our focus shifted to putting plans in place to ensure the public felt safe and welcome when returning to Nottingham.
  • Created a clear strategy for the city reopening, followed by all public partners. Implemented a ‘keep left’ system and assessed pinch points and queue systems across the city to guide pedestrian flow and support social distancing.
  • Created a city wide campaign to welcome people back and reinforce social distancing and safety messaging.
  • Distributed over 17,000 items to businesses to support their reopening, including signage, floor stickers and hand sanitizers.
  • Set up HR & Employment training sessions with an experienced solicitor covering COVID-19 related topics.
  • Launched Yoello, a mobile ordering platform for the hospitality industry, allowing contactless ordering and payment from the table, as well as a built in track and trace system.
RECOVER:
With businesses now mostly reopened we have started to focus on the longer term recovery of the city, with projects that encourage footfall back into Nottingham.
  • Produced and promoted up to date digital maps highlighting businesses openings, hours and services via our consumer facing channel, It’s in Nottingham.
  • Created a series of videos to promote the safety measures put in place by businesses in a variety of sectors.
  • Competitions where entrants are required to have spent money in city centre venues to participate.
  • Created a new version of the popular Hoodwinked trail, known as The Nottingham Wise Owl Walk, to encourage families back to the city.
  • Launched a COVID-19 aware accreditation scheme with risk assessment support and mentoring availability for the leisure industry.
"Nottingham BID is an established and critical support mechanism for the city retail, hospitality and office economy, never more so than during the coronavirus pandemic. Operating in the city without this invaluable and professional organisation is not an option." Andy Crawford, Pub People
Our COVID-19 recovery plan can be viewed here.

Led by Nottingham BID Manager, Lucy Stanford, the team have worked tirelessly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to provide businesses with the most up to date information and support. From providing access to government grants, to delivering reopening packs and dressing the city with safety messaging; Nottingham BID has been there every step of the way.

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