As Chairman of Sidcup BID I am pleased to announce that Cheryl Curr has been appointed as the BID Manager for Sidcup. Cheryl will be working part time generally on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, but flexibility is expected as part of this role. Cheryl has over 17 years experience in working in Town Centres and more recently specifically on BID development. Prior to working in Town Centres she was a retail store manager for Marks and Spencer. The BID board endorsed this appointment on Monday 20th March.
Cheryl said "I am delighted to have been given the opportunity of working on such an exciting project. I am looking forward to meeting more local businesses and helping to deliver the business plan to make a real difference in Sidcup."
Chairman’s February BID Update
Since my last Newsletter a lot has happened and I want to use this opportunity to explain what has been going on.
Following the adverts we placed for the Bid Manager, interviews will take place in March, four people will be on the interview panel and we will announce the outcome as soon as possible.
A business bank account has been opened at Lloyds Bank and Opass Billings Wilson @ Honey LLP have been appointed as the Sidcup BID accountants.
We are currently waiting for the return of insurance quotes for public liability insurance etc.
The results of the Web site tender will be announced on Monday 6th March and we hope to have a new website operational in the next few months that will help to promote and support local business.
The tenders for the Hanging baskets are due for returned by Monday 27th February.
The recent proposal to change the parking arrangements in the town centre has caused a considerable amount of consternation amongst businesses that are very concerned about the impact of the proposed changes. A petition with over 100 signatures has been sent to the council and the Bid has written a letter . A meeting with Councillor Alex Sawyer Conservative Councillor for St Mary’s Ward and Cabinet Member for Traffic & Transport has been set to meet with 3 BID Board Members for 9th March at 6pm to discuss the proposals face to face.
We are planning to hold an event for Businesses on 3rd May the proposed time is 12pm 2pm at Sidcup Golf Club .The purpose of the event is for all levy payers within the BID area to get the opportunity to network with each other, to promote their Businesses and to find out what benefits they will get from being part of the BID. As soon as we have confirmed the details we will be preparing flyers
Conways have a new supervisor, Liam and his appointment seems to have made a positive difference to the work programme, Liam has arranged to extend the working day and is communicating on a daily basis how things are progressing.
Please read on to find out more about the Sidcup BID activities.
Barclays Business Big Data & Networking Event
Venue: Shish & Mangal Turkish Restaurant, 75 High Street, Sidcup. DA14 6DW
Date: Thursday 16th March 2017
We are delighted to invite you to this event hosted by Barclays Bank, featuring Leslie Commodore our Digital Expert who will be running a short presentation around Big Data. This will be followed by an update from Sue Petty from Sidcup BID. Finishing with an opportunity to network with other Business Owners in the Sidcup area.
Turkish buffet and refreshments will be provided
Time: Arrive 3pm for 3.15pm start until 5pm (Plenty of parking nearby)
Numbers are limited so to book a place. Please contact Jane Sutherland by Friday 10th March:
Phone: 07775 545610
It was reported to the BID that fly tipping was taking place on a regular at the entrance to the car park below morrisions.
The area is very visible to anyone using the car park and residents giving a very bad impression of the area. The BID contacted the council and the police and covert operations took place. The area has now been cleaned in partnership with the Council and the BID and measures are in place to deter further illegal dumping of waste. See before and afters below:
Police actions within the Sidcup high street over the past 6 weeks;
Due to the rise in anti-social behaviour over the past 6 weeks which has had a huge impact on local businesses a professionals meeting was conducted with police, the council, schools invited representatives from affected businesses and the Chairman of Sidcup Partners BID. What came out of this meeting was an increase in overt policing within the high street and since; police have posted 2 police officers a day during the week and diverted extra resources to the area on a Friday and Saturday. We have also (since the 06/01/17) put dispersal orders in every weekend from a Friday at 1700hours through to Sunday 1700hours, This has led to a large decrease in ASB behaviour in and around the Sidcup high street and surrounding areas and has resulted in numerous youths dispersed from the area, arrests made and a number of stop and searches. It has also enabled your local officer’s to identify the key offenders and conduct home visits on them with their parents.
The extra resources are now coming to an end due to borough obligations although your local officers are working hard to get extra resources to the area to tackle the ASB issue in a new approach. Thank you for your patience and support.
The next partners meeting will take place on Wednesday 29th March at 13.00. If you have any comments please let us know so we can pass on your views.
Please contact me if you have any issues or good news stories.
My contact details are:
1 Elm Parade
Main Road Sidcup
Kent DA14 6NF
Tel: 0208 302 7711
Mobile: 07946 338 734