Update from the Cardiff BID team 
2nd February 2017
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Message from Executive Director, Adrian Field 

Welcome to Cardiff BID's first e-newsletter. These regular updates will be your opportunity to keep BID businesses such as yourselves in the know about what projects we're working on, BID news, how you can get involved and targeted information from fellow city centre businesses and partners we feel you could benefit from.

Myself and the team joined Cardiff BID in the new year and have hit the ground running with the launch of our first projects covering cleanliness, safety, marketing and superfast broadband (detailed below). To give a bit of background on us, I have come from Worcester where I headed the BID there for nine years, overseeing two successful ballots, delivered award winning projects in addition to undertaking regional and national roles in Place Management organisations. Carolyn Brownell is our Marketing and Communications Manager, who has worked in the BID industry for 7 years and previously managed Chippenham BID and the Communications Manager at Solihull BID. Emily Cotterill is our Project Coordinator joins us from Winchester BID where she was the Project Coordinator supporting the delivery of projects and events and recently won a Great British High Streets Award. Finally, Nigel Griffiths joins us as the Operations Manager, after 30 years of service Nigel recently retired from the South Wales Police where he was the Chief Inspector in Cardiff city centre for operational policing.

We want to hear from you about what you think the BID need to prioritise as projects, please find our contact details here or tweet us @Cardiff_BID.

Project Updates 
Targeted Street Cleaning 
The appearance of the city centre streets has been highlighted to the BID as an area of significant concern to businesses. As a result, Cardiff BID conducted targeted additional street cleansing in the lead up to Christmas.
This included street washing, flyposting removal, chewing gum removal, graffiti removal and utility box painting. A deep clean was also done in high footfall areas such as Queen Street, High Street, St Mary Street and Caroline Street. To find out more click here

Transport Strategy Consultation

Cardiff Council want businesses to help shape the way they communicate and engage with people on transport matters and are seeking people’s views on the draft Transport Strategy document. The strategy can be view here and feedback can be provided here

Get Lost in Cardiff
Cardiff BID has ring-fenced £500k exclusively for celebrating and supporting the independent business
community. The first initiative to receive our support was ‘Get Lost in Cardiff’, led by home-ware shop owner Kirsty Patrick.

A beautifully illustrated and curated map that encourages you to create your own adventure and to lose yourself in a totally independent trail of the best the city centre has to offer. Follow #getlostincardiff on Instagram or @getlostinCdf on Twitter To find out more click here
Google Digital Garage at the Tramshed

 A digital skills training platform to assist you in growing your business, career and confidence, online. Furthermore, a Google digital expert is coming to teach you what is needed to gain a competitive advantage in the ever changing digital landscape, so come prepared to learn and ask questions, too. ​Interested? Find out more here

Keeping Cardiff safe at Christmas

The BID kicked off this year’s Christmas festivities by working as part of a multi-agency approach with
Cardiff Council and South Wales Police for Operation Mistletoe.
Cardiff BID provided financial backing for initiatives that supported businesses, employees and customers over the festive period. Including extended coverage from the taxi marshals, improved safety though targeted late night road closures and the increased provision of temporary night time public toilets. To find out more click here

The Business Online Support Service (BOSS) is a free online courses for starting, running or growing your business. It offers unlimited access, video tutorials, expert tutors, on the go training and much more. To find out more about BOSS click here

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