Hastings BID Newsletter September 2018

In this newsletter:
1) Welcome to the new ambassador
2) Free social media training for levy-paying businesses
3) Discounted personal licence course
4) It’s been bloomin’ marvellous
5) Trade waste survey
6) More free training – environmental management workshops
7) BCRP news – more free training!
8) Discounted Hastings Observer advertising rates for levy-paying businesses

9) Street (Art, Music, Food) Day – say goodbye to the blue hoardings!
10) Hastings Bonfire

11) National Town Criers Championships returns to Hastings

12) Even more free training – Become your own boss

New business ambassador for the town centre

Wearing a smart blue uniform with a distinctive ‘Love Hastings’ logo, the new ambassador is easy to spot.

Peter Rolfe may be a familiar face to many people as he previously worked successfully as a council street warden – and now he’s back in Hastings with a mission to clean up the town…in every way possible.

Pictured here with BID manager, John Bownas, Peter’s role will be similar to that of the previous warden, but with some key differences.

The changes are very much based on feedback from the business survey carried out by the BID earlier in the year and as well as the new look include:

– Far more focus on environmental issues and problems to keep the town looking its best

– A more welcoming presence to help visitors find their way around and get the most out of their stay

– More intelligence-based work with businesses to help them cut down on shop theft

– Close working with other agencies to help support and reduce the negative impact on the town of the street community

– Communicating

What hasn’t changed is the provision of support for Barwatch and Shopwatch members in the BID area – so if you need help training staff on the use of DISC or the radio system, want assistance completing an incident report, or if you are not yet a member and want to sign up, the ambassador is there to help you.

In his first few days Peter has already met with dozens of businesses to make himself known and get re-acquainted with the town. He’s also spent time at the local police station being introduced by the Inspector to the various teams, including the local PCSOs, the response unit, and the missing persons officers. As well as the police he will be working closely alongside the both the borough and county councils, and will be in regular contact with the environmental health, licensing, waste management, public safety, homelessness, highways, and planning departments – as well of course as having daily interactions with the CCTV control and warden teams.

BID manager John Bownas, said: “The feedback about Peter’s new look and his new role has been brilliant, and he’s already making a big difference. If he sees a problem around the town its his job to get it fixed as quickly as possible, so we’re really keen people let him know if something is wrong or causing concern. It might be noisy buskers, a fly-tip or some broken glass, or it could be a damaged paving stone, a shoplifting incident or an illegal street trader. If it’s not something he can deal with directly Peter will have all the contacts to ensure things get sorted as quickly and efficiently as possible.

“I’d like to thank Dickies Menswear on Queens Road for help choosing and resizing the uniform.”

Peter added “I’m looking forward to getting to know the local business owners and working collaboratively to help improve the town centre’s look and feel. One of my first projects is coordinating some community clean-ups of areas not covered by Hastings Borough Council. I would be really interested to hear from anyone that knows of any problem areas that require some TLC. Please get in touch with me via the contact details below, so we can work together to make the required improvements where possible.”

You can call the business ambassador on 07508 869351 or e-mail ambassador@lovehastings.com

Free social media training for levy paying businesses
Working with Social the World, we are offering free or subsidised spaces on this fantastic course, which comes with a comprehensive, handy workbook.

Book your place today.

Please note, at the time of writing, there are only 8 free spaces left. If you book a space but are unable to attend, please let us know so we can offer it to someone else.

Lets Do Business has a Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders course coming up on Monday 8th October.
The cost of the course is £175+ VAT but they are offering a 10% discount to Hastings BID and Bar and Shop Watch members for this date using code Hastings10
Find out more and book here.

It’s been bloomin’ marvellous…

The extra hanging baskets, flowering troughs and tubs the BID put up on behalf of businesses around the town this summer have had some great responses from people who loved the way they brightened things up.

However, like all good things the flowers have come to an end, and at our request IdVerde’s staff have this week been going round removing the wilting blooms.

We’re now talking to them about whether a better option for next year might be some more perennial planting to make the town centre greener all year round.

Not only might this look better throughout the whole year, but it could also save money in the longer term.

We are however interested in talking to any businesses who might be interested in putting up hanging baskets on their shop fronts for next year so we can think about co-ordinating efforts and getting a single contract in place that you can take advantage of.

Please complete our trade waste survey

Right now there are at least seven or eight different firms collecting trade waste from businesses in the BID area, and this means lots of vans emptying different shapes and sizes of bins at all sorts of times.

We think there could be scope for improving the look and feel of the town by trying to reduce the number of trade waste bins and cut down on the number of collections.

It’s also possible we could negotiate better rates – and so save you money.

We know some of the larger retail chains may be on national contracts – but we’d still like to hear from you so we have a full picture of how trade waste is managed across the town.

Please take a few minutes to complete this short survey form and once we have the results we’ll be able to work out whether there is scope to change things for the better.


Free environmental management workshops

The Steps To Environmental Management (STEM) scheme is designed for businesses that want to demonstrate they are working to improve their environmental performance and competitiveness.

We will be running three levels of STEM workshops, blue, silver and gold. These will take you from an introduction to the environmental management system (EMS) right up to full implementation. The workshops will enable you to:

• understand the environmental issues relevant to the core business and wider issues such as risk, legal compliance and stakeholder values
• scope and measure your company’s environmental impact and performance;
• take practical steps to create and implement an environmental policy and environmental management system; and
• use environmental credentials and policies to create additional business opportunities in existing and new markets.

Further information and booking form for all of the workshops can be found here.

Business Crime Reduction Partnership news

Vulnerability Awareness in Licensed Premises Workshop

Hastings & St Leonards Business Crime Reduction Partnership workshop
Venue: The Brass Monkey

Learn how to recognise and support those who seem vulnerable or exploited.

The Sussex Police Licencing team, together with Safe Space Project, the Street Pastors and the Discovery team are providing all BCRP members across both day and night time economies a training and networking opportunity. Find out where to find support if you think someone needs help.

Tuesday 23rd October, 4-6pm

Non-BCRP members are also welcome to attend the workshop, but please let us know in advance by contacting BCRP@lovehastings.com

Hastings Observer offer for BID levy payers

The Hastings Observer is offering discounted advertising rates for levy payers.

Please contact Will on 02392 622140 or william.thompson@jpress.co.uk to find out more.

Please note this offer is available to new customers only.

Street (Art, Music, Food) Day
Saturday 6th October, 11am-3pm
Priory Square – between Saga and Brighton University/behind the Brass Monkey

In an event curated by Stella Dore and sponsored by Hastings BID, local and national street artists will be transforming the Priory Square hoardings.

There will also be live music from local artists throughout the day and a chance to try some great street food.

Hastings Bonfire – Saturday 13th October, 7pm – late
Please note road closures will be in place

Hastings Bonfire is one of the busiest nights of the Hastings calendar, with tens of thousands of people lining the streets to view the spectacular event.

Every year local businesses take part in the traditional America Ground ceremony of Hastings Borough Bonfire Society asking permission to enter the America Ground. Led by Lawrence Bell (White Rock Hotel), local businesses are invited to dress in American costumes and grant entry to the torchlit procession. There’s cheering, booing and Town Crier Jon Bartholomew reads out a declaration, explaining how the America Ground got it’s name. If you’d like to take part, please speak to Lawrence by calling the Hotel on 01424 422240.

National Town Criers Championship returns to Hastings

The 66th National Town Criers Championship will be held in Hastings on Saturday 13 October at Queens Square (Priory Meadow Shopping Centre).

This is a colourful, very entertaining – and yes, noisy – event, with Town Criers from around the country competing.

The competition starts at about 11 am.

A reminder that the fundraising booklet ‘A Bellow of Criers’ (£4) is currently on sale at the Tourist Information Centre on Hastings seafront, and also at Hastings Museum.

BID Projects in progress

Business Ambassador – recruitment
White Rock and America Ground business support

DISC security software rollout
Business money saving initiative
Further development of the Love Hastings website
Business development of the White Rock area
Hanging baskets and railing planters
Christmas lights 2018 – 2021
Review of busking in the town centre
Purple Flag

Further information will be available soon.

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