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MARCH 2020 NEWSLETTER
Reflecting on the priority projects in 2019

The Ilkley BID Business Plan set out a series of proposed projects based on 4 core themes:
  • Marketing the town
  • One voice for businesses
  • Maintaining Ilkley as an attractive place
  • Supporting businesses
In addition to reporting on the projects at our AGM in July, throughout March we are running a social media campaign to inform businesses and the local community about the progress of the BID, in the four key areas, since its launch.

You'll see posts and information reflecting on the year to date & how Ilkley BID has been working to fulfil its core aims, as well as delivering additional projects such as the street washing, sponsoring the Ilkley Business Awards and Ilkley's Got Heart. 

Here's a summary of the core projects the BID board agreed to work on in year one. If you would like any further information why not pop in and see Helen at the BID's weekly drop-ins, on Tuesdays 1-pm-4.30pm or Wednesday 8.30am-12 noon?
Cleaning of Ilkley town centre paved areas and pavements starts again on 22 March, for two weeks. 
 
The Street Cleaning team will be working from early evening to minimise disruption to commuters, shoppers and visitors. The industrial hot water jet washing removes dirt, oils, chewing gum and algae.
 
In addition to cleaning the pavements, the team also clean shop windows to ensure shop frontages are spic-and-span for opening the following morning. 
Are you concerned about what to do if a member of staff or the public with suspected COVID-19 has recently been in your workplace?

Updated guidance to employers and businesses about the covid-19 virus has now been issued.

If you are worried or have any questions the link below has information on what you should do in your workplace to help spread the risk of infection, including the handling of post, packages or food from affected areas and cleaning offices and public spaces.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/guidance-for-employers-and-businesses-on-covid-19
Making Ilkley a more sustainable and eco-friendly town

After the second 'Green' Meeting, on 24 February, look out for a questionnaire from Wharfedale Tackles Plastics gathering information about the challenges and issues for business around sustainability and becoming more eco-friendly. 

Issues discussed at the meeting included how firms could effectively recycle their printer ink cartridges, how business can secure free permits to recycle goods at the tip and retailers 'open door' policies, which results in heat and energy being lost during opening hours. 
 
Tour de Yorkshire roadshows comes to Ilkley 
 
Welcome to Yorkshire has announced dates for its popular Tour de Yorkshire roadshows, which give local residents and businesses everything they need to know to make the most of this year’s race, including information on how to get involved, build excitement and maximise the benefits of the global media coverage.
 
The roadshow in Ilkley will take place at Ilkley’s King’s Hall on Wednesday 18 March 6pm to 8pm.

Details on road closures, the annual sportive and Welcome to Yorkshire’s various cycling legacy projects will be discussed, along with ways people can become an official Tour Maker or take part in the popular land art and best dressed location competition.
 
Stage Four of the men’s race will come through Ilkley, The Cow and Calf Rocks, Burley Woodhead and Menston on Sunday 3 May.
  
For more information visit letour.yorkshire.com/
Would you like to trial an electric van for FREE?

Bradford district businesses can benefit from a new electric vehicle (EV) trials scheme being delivered in partnership with Leeds City Council and Highways England.

The EV Trials scheme is a great opportunity for any organisation interested in finding out whether electric vehicles could help them save money, tackle air pollution and become more sustainable.

As part of the scheme, any organisation in West Yorkshire can trial an electric van for up to two months, free of charge, and with no obligation to purchase. Participating organisations will also receive independent and expert advice based on telematics and charging data to fully understand the environmental and financial case for investing in greener transport.

If you’re interested in finding out more, you can visit www.leeds.gov.uk/evtrials or email EVTrials@leeds.gov.uk
The Board of Directors would like to invite all businesses in the ILKLEY BID area to their first Annual General Meeting.

As well as presenting the annual accounts, the AGM will include a review of milestones & achievements that have been secured in the first year of the current BID term which runs until 31st May 2024. Please come along to hear about the activity of the BID and to ask questions of the BID team and the Board Members who represent you. 

We will have a guest speaker and directors will be voted in for year 2.

Click HERE to register & let us know that you will joining us at our first AGM

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