Mystery Shopping, #IndieRetail campaign and more


Northampton town centre news & events
Mystery Shopping Scheme
Our BID executive director is urging all town centre businesses to get involved in our upcoming Mystery Shopping scheme...
"We're running our second Mystery Shopping awards scheme this autumn and are excited about the opportunities for town centre businesses," said Rob Purdie.
"It's a chance not only to promote exceptional customer service in the town centre but to also help businesses see what areas they need to improve."
Participating businesses who have registered will be visited by an independent mystery shopper in September and October and invited to an awards event in November where they will receive a certificate and report of their assessment.
Register to take part
To register your interest, speak to a BID Host or contact the BID by emailing HERE or calling 01604 837766.
Deadline to register is Friday 24th August .
We are also looking for venues to host the awards - if you think you can help please email the BID team.
#IndieRetail & #ShopLocal - celebrating our wonderful small businesses
July is national Independent Retailer Month and we are running a month-long social media campaign to celebrate the unique and wonderful small businesses in Northampton town centre.
The aim is to help people, both local and visitors, to rediscover and unearth our hidden gems.
Please let us know if you would like one of our Hosts to visit your shop to take photographs and possibly a short film to be shared across our social media channels using #IndieRetail and #ShopLocal hashtags. Jack Haddon Florists are already involved - see their picture left.
If you would like to take part please email us  HERE .
BID Monthly Meeting - we've made it easier for you to attend
It is critical for the BID team to gather views about the future of the town centre from all our levy payers and members - so we have changed the times of our BID Monthly Meetings to make it easier for more businesses to attend.
We urge you to come along to hear what is happening and put your point of view across so that we can lobby the relevant partners and authorities on your behalf.
Date: Wednesday 25th July
Time: Either 7.30-8.30am or 6-7pm
Venue: BID Office, 2nd Floor, Town Centre House, 7-8 Mercers Row, NN1 2QL
Become a BID member
All town centre businesses are invited to become members of Northampton town centre Ltd BID company.
Membership is free for BID levy payers and offers businesses the opportunity to vote on all BID Limited Company issues at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and any other members only meetings throughout the year.
To apply online click HERE , or for more information email us HERE .
Love Northampton Food Fair - 18th August 2018
The Love Northampton Food Fair will return to the Guildhall on Saturday 18 th August - giving local food and drink businesses the opportunity to showcase their products to the public.
Hundreds of people attended the first fair which took place in February this year, to sample breads, chutneys, cakes, wines, ciders and much more.
Stands are free of charge and any business wishing to take part should email to request an application form. Businesses are also invited to run demonstrations at the event.
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...
  • 21st July - Inspired Youth Event on Becketts Park
  • 25th July - 1st September - Summer Beach on Market Square
  • 25th July - Customer Excellence training
  • 18th August - Food Fair
  • 6-9th September - Heritage Open Days
  • 8th September - Heritage and World War One Entertainment on Market Square
  • 19th September - BID Business Conference at Park Inn Northampton
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