Network and have your say at this week's meeting


Northampton town centre news & events
Network and have your say at this week's meeting - our new out of '9-5' hours will help you attend and get involved
Our monthly meeting for town centre BID businesses is this week. These events are great networking and an opportunity for you to tell us what you want and prioritise for Northampton town centre.
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 7.30am-8.30am or 6pm-7pm
Venue: BID Office, 2nd Floor, Town Centre House, 7-8 Mercers Row, NN1 2QL
National Independents Month - meet more of our businesses
We are approaching the end of National Independent Retail Month, during which we have been out and about taking photos of shops, salons, florists, tailors, cafes and so much more.
Here are Sheep Street Butchers, one of the many independent businesses we have featured in our Facebook album HERE . Take a look and see our diverse range for yourselves. Some of you will also have been featured in a recent Chronicle & Echo article HERE .
Have you seen all our #shoeplants yet?
It is a shoe lovers paradise in Northampton town centre this summer.
This summer we are competing in both Britain in Bloom and East Midlands in Bloom, with judges visiting our town in July and August. Last year residents and businesses in St Giles Terrace worked together to organise a planting of old shoes and attach them to railings, place on doorsteps and inside window displays.
This year it's even bigger and better and the BID is working with the St Giles Residents Committee, Friends of Beckets Park and Northampton Borough Council to spread the word. Here are a few of the businesses involved (pictured are a pair on display at Dreams Coffee Lounge). See our Facebook album HERE .
Mystery Shopping Scheme
We are running our second Mystery Shopping awards scheme this autumn - 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 upon.
To register your interest - the deadline is Friday, 24th August - speak to a BID Host, email us HERE or call 01604 837766.
We are also looking for venues to host the awards - if you think you can help please email the BID team.
Business Support Grants
Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are eligible to apply for up to £20,000 Business Support Grants to stimulate their growth, strengthen their position in the market and create jobs in the county.
The Business Support Grants are part of the Ready2Grow project and offer revenue and capital grants to eligible businesses who have investment ready projects which can be completed with expenditure claimed by the end of November 2018.
The revenue grants cover the procurement of consultancy services which could range from external expertise and the overhauling of your digital marketing channels, to more specialist consultancy and the undertaking of market research for your new products and ideas. To find out more call the Growth Hub on 01604 212696
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 .
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...
  • 25th July - 1st September - Summer Beach on Market Square
  • 25th July - Customer Excellence training
  • 18th August - Food Fair
  • 6th-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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