Business Conference, Mystery Shopping and more



Northampton town centre news & events
'Northampton town centre - our next steps' - your invitation
You are invited to our town centre business conference, taking place on Wednesday, 19th September 2018, from 5.30pm-8pm at the Park Inn by Radisson Hotel, Silver Street, Northampton NN1 2TA.
We all know the challenges that are facing Northampton town centre, so what are we going to do to address these?
At this conference, Northampton town centre – our next steps , we will explore priorities, what the public think and what needs to be done.
There will be a series of presentations, a panel you can ask questions of and announcements that will affect our town centre.
Among the presenters will be:
  • Chronicle & Echo editor, David Summers – who will talk about what his readers want for the town centre
  • Michael Weedon, Federation of Small Businesses Retail Unit Chair and East Midlands Policy Lead presenting the industry view
  • Neil Darwin, Economic Development Consultant, and George Candler, Chief Executive Officer, Northampton Borough Council providing a public sector viewpoint
  • Rob Purdie, Executive Director, Northampton town centre BID on the BID view
Panelists will include:
  • Rob Purdie, Executive Director, Northampton town centre BID
  • Cllr Jonathan Nunn and George Candler, Northampton Borough Council
  • Andrew Lewer, MP for Northampton South
  • Mick Stamper, Superintendent of Northamptonshire Police
  • Deborah Mattock, Director of Human Resources and Marketing, University of Northampton
This conference will be compered and the panel facilitated by broadcaster, John Griff .
The event is aimed at peo ple who work in or own businesses in the town centre, so you will be prioritised when it comes to booking.
There is likely to also be interest from town centre residents and other business owners, so space permitting this will be opened to a broader audience.
  • 5.30pm: Arrival and refreshments
  • 6pm: Take your seats - short presentations will begin.
  • 7pm: Your chance to ask questions of Northampton decision makers
  • 8pm: Finish, the bar is open - so mingle, ask questions, get your views across.
To book your complementary place call the BID office, talk to one of our Hosts or, even easier, log on via our Eventbrite link HERE .
Mystery Shopping Scheme - still time to take part
There is still time to get involved - sign up to our Mystery Shopping scheme by the end of play on Friday, 31st August.
Mystery shoppers will then visit your business and we will hold an awards event in November, complete with certificates, photographs and lots of opportunities to promote your business.  
Download a participation form HERE and email it back to us: Alternatively call us and our BID Host Kimberley will come and collect.
BID Monthly Meeting - Wednesday 22nd August
The focus of our next BID Monthly Meeting is an open discussion on business issues, festive planning and update of sales and footfall for the town. 
There will be two meetings on Wednesday 22nd August at 7.30-8.30am and 6-7pm.
The meeting will take place at the BID Office s, 2nd Floor, Town Centre House, 7-8 Mercers Row, Northampton, NN1 2QL.
Discover Northampton - our new, voucher-packed, town centre magazine
Make sure you are featured in our next Discover magazine.
Our first issue, produced in August, was delivered to more than 30,000 Northampton homes and businesses and featured lots of special offers and money off vouchers.
This magazine has been produced by the BID to inspire people and give them yet more reasons to come into our town centre.
We couldn’t feature every business in this first magazine, so now is your chance to be featured in our October issue.
Please phone us, email us, or download and complete a participation form HERE. You can also talk to our Host Kimberley for more details on how you too can see yourselves in print later this year.
In case you want to see it again, view our first issue of Discover Northampton Town Centre HERE.
Tell us your positive news
Do you have positive business news, has your businesses received or been nominated for a business award?
Email the BID us HERE so we can mention in our e-bulletins and share via social media.
Our AGM - have you registered your interest?
Wednesday, 19th September 2018, Park Inn Northampton (4pm-5pm).
Town centre businesses are all invited to attend the BID’s Annual General Meeting.
Voting is restricted to BID Members. If you are not already a member but would like more information, please email us.
If you would like to attend the AGM please also email us at before the end of play on Thursday, 16th September.
Dates for your diary
We are entering the busy summer months and Northampton town centre will play host to lots of different events. Make a note of these key dates...
  • 22nd August - BID Monthly Meeting
  • Running until 1st September - Summer Beach on Market Square
  • 6th-9th September - Heritage Open Days weekend
  • 8th September – Heritage entertainment on the Market Square
  • 19th September - BID AGM and Business Conference
  • 26th September - BID Monthly Meeting
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