Winchester BID’s battle for the city centre during Covid
Winchester Business Improvement District (BID) is a company-run organization that works with over 700 businesses in Winchester city center and has continued to provide help and support over the past challenging year.
The BID is an important partner in the Love Local Business campaign.
The Executive Director, Dr. Paul Spencer, said: “With the government’s announcement that it will lock the roadmap, we are all looking forward to a return to a more normal way of life and can’t wait for our city center to reopen.
“Over the past 12 months, many local businesses have chosen to continue trading in different ways.
“Many have adapted and demonstrated innovation and resilience in extremely difficult circumstances in order to continue to serve their customers and customers and to support the community.
“Our local businesses contribute to the economy, culture and life of our wonderful city. So we need to show them all our support and make sure we continue to love the local businesses when we emerge from the pandemic.”
During the first lockdown in March of last year, BID launched its “Support Your Local Businesses” campaign online, on social media and in the local press, which has helped inform the community about how companies work and when they are, as well as customers inform customers and customers can continue to support local businesses.
The BID also posted updates from Winchester companies on social media every day. Businesses can tag @WinchesterBID and use #HelloWinchester on their social media posts to share stories on Facebook and Instagram, or retweet on Twitter. Social media users can follow @WinchesterBID or #HelloWinchester for the latest updates.
BID also launched a coronavirus guide page for businesses on their website at the start of the pandemic, which has been updated regularly since new announcements were made: winchesterbid.co.uk/coronavirus-guidance.
In his response to the Chancellor’s budget speech last week, Dr. Spencer: “We appreciate the size and scope of the corporate protection and incentives offered. A summary of the key announcements in the budget to help businesses through the pandemic and beyond, as well as useful web links for more information, are available on our website. ”
He added, “The BID team is on hand to help businesses and the BID Rangers are still in the city center 7 days a week.”
Looking ahead to the spring and summer months, he said, “We have some exciting projects ahead of us to support the reopening of the city center and celebrate the local business community.
“Later in the spring there will be a family-friendly downtown walk for the public to enjoy, and our local businesses will come together to thank all of the key workers who have supported the community through the pandemic. We’ll get more about it soon announce this project.
“We will be installing beautiful flower displays across the city center in June.
We will celebrate Independent Business Month in July. There will be summer campaigns and events that will shed light on Winchester’s amazing retail and hospitality industries, and we will be launching the 2021 Winchester Business Excellence Awards very soon. ”