Hello everyone, 
What an exciting week, the 12th of April marked the next step in the roadmap which saw many of you reopen as non-essential retail, outdoor hospitality, gyms, and hairdressers where all allowed to get back to business. It has been fantastic to see the town a buzz with shoppers, diners, and those in need of a lockdown hair cut! Please share any promotions, updates, or reopening news so we can share across Discover Ilkley and help let the community know what you are doing.

There has been a lot of information coming out this month regarding different Grants, and updates for businesses. As ever we are here to support you, so if you feel you have missed out on grant information, or you are not getting feedback please let me know so we can assist you.

Grants announced this month to help with reopening:
  • Restart Grants – if you didn’t receive an email, you are still able to apply from the 19th April via the Bradford Council website.
  • Outdoor Trading Grants – you are able to claim back up to £1500 for outdoor furniture/equipment bought from the 1st Feb.
  • Trading with the EU - Smaller businesses can apply for grants of up to £2,000 to help them adapt to new customs and tax rules when trading with the EU.
  • Parking changes – free parking extended to help with reopening. Business permit parking will be released in Mid-May, with businesses contacted to apply. If your business has not received a permit before, please contact
We now look to the next leap towards normality on the 17th May, we want to encourage you all to follow restrictions so we can reach the next milestone and see more of Ilkley Businesses reopen.

All the best 

Welcome back to the Ilkley businesses that have been able to re-open.  For the hospitality businesses that are able to offer an outdoor service we have set up an Al Fresco Trail on the LoyalFree app so visitors to the town can find out who is open, when they are open and what the service is. If you have been missed off the trail or your details on the app are incorrect please do get in touch and let us know your opening times and services.

For those that are still closed but offering takeaway/food delivery you are still listed on the Takeaway trail, again please let us know if you have any updates in service.

If you require any fresh Capacity posters or floor stickers please get in touch with the BID or you can download posters from the BID website here: 

 Business Spotlight Campaign 

Ilkley BID will be running a business spotlight in the Ilkley Gazette for 8 weeks from May.  This is an opportunity for 2 businesses per week to promote themselves and share their story of getting back to business.

We have 16 spaces available and will be working on first come first served so please get in touch ASAP if you would like to be involved.

Email: or call the BID office: 07884 376057

Latest addition to the BID Board - Introducing Mark Smith - Royal Mail

Many of you will know or recognise the local postman; Mark Smith, we are very pleased and excited to announce that Mark is now a member of the BID Board of Directors. 

Mark has lived in Ilkley all his life, is very well known and liked within the community and we know he will be a very valuable member of the team.


HR & Employment Law Advice
HR & Employment Law Advice is still available to all BID members for issues and advice regarding:
  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • Redundancies
  • Restructures
  • Terms and conditions of employment
  • Recruitment
  • Contracts of employment, policies and procedures
  • Legal documentation
  • Training
  • Disputes, grievances and disciplinary support
Please email to arrange a consultation.
Photography Service
Following the success of the service, the BID had decided to extend the photography offer, If you would like advantage of the free photography service for members

Having high quality photographs, such as these images of Grove Bookshop is fantastic way to provide fresh content for your website, social media or general marketing collateral. 
f you would like to book an appointment or if you would like to register your interest to book a slot, please email

Discover llkley

Please check your listing on the website and get back to us with anything you would like changing.  For those that have not yet responded to our email requesting your information please do get in touch with your details. 

Please email your future events to which will be published on the LoyalFree app and the website.

As we navigate the roadmap we will be doing social campaigns across the Discover Ilkley social pages to share business spotlights and promotions, events and activities highlighting what is going on in the town.

Please send content you wish to share on Discover Ilkley and our socials to the BID Team so we can promote you. 

If you don't already please like and share the
Discover Ilkley Facebook page & Instagram page.

Don't forget to take advantage of the free online and subsidised courses available to BID members and their employees. We are offering our BID members up to £20 off any of the courses which still incur a fee (each BID member business can use up to three £20 vouchers). 
There are lots of great practical courses available on our online learning portal including; Digital Marketing, Home Deliveries for Food Businesses, Essentials of GDPR, Leading Remote Teams, Food Safety & Hygiene, Health & Safety at Work, Infection Prevention and Control and many more.  

The online learning is done on the main Virtual College website but you will need to enter via the joint BIDs portal to access the extended range of free courses. Here is the link -


Wishing you all the best and hoping to see you all soon, 
The Ilkley BID Team

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