December saw Otley BID fund a number of different projects to help different organisations in the town make Otley a thriving and festive place to work, live, and visit:
We were delighted to fund the largest number of Christmas trees the town has ever had! We collaborated with the Otley Chamber of Trade and provided 235 trees above businesses throughout the town centre. Thanks to Manson Electrical who managed the project and successfully lit up Otley!
We also linked up with Otley Town Council and joint funded the main Christmas Tree in the Market Place.
Make Yours an Otley Christmas
35,000 copies of the official 2018 Visit Otley Festive Season Guide were printed and delivered by post to Otley residents and the surrounding areas. The booklet included the best of Otley’s festive events, a local shopping guide, dining out & nightlife ideas and 5 whole pages of great seasonal discounts & prizes which many businesses very kindly offered. Many of these are still available throughout January, February and even March 2019, so please continue to shop local throughout the New Year.
You will have also seen the fantastic Twelve Days of Otley Christmas single release created by Visit Otley. It’s still available to buy on iTunes or Amazon Music with profits going to local charities.
Both of these festive projects were a result of collaborations between ourselves, Otley Town Council, Otley Town Partnership and the Otley Chamber of Trade.
Seasonal Window Art on Empty Properties
We were also on a mission to help make our empty shops look more festive in the run up to the busy shopping season. We therefore decided to commission talented artist, Jenny Tribillon to create these beautiful Winter scenes. The former Tui and Taylor’s Shoe Shop frontages were spruced up in time for the thousands of visitors who descended for the Otley Victorian Christmas Fayre. Our thanks go out to her for making such a visually inspiring improvement to our high street in the busy run up to Christmas. She worked so hard, starting at 9.30am and finishing at 8.30pm, that’s dedication for you especially when it’s freezing cold outside!
Please head over to her website if you like her work www.jennytribillon.com
Free Business MOT Session – Monday 21st January 2019
When was the last time you spent some time looking after the welfare of your business? We expect our businesses to provide us with a reliable income and an enjoyable working life, but often the inner workings of a business are neglected. Make a New Year’s resolution to give your business an MOT and a service.
This workshop will be led by Otley BID director and past president of Otley Chamber of Trade, Katie Burnett, and will include lots of activities:
- looking at target setting
- getting the best from your people
- reviewing your customer base
- pricing and profit margins
- ways to grow and future-proof a business and
- controlling your cashflow.
The workshop will run on Monday 21st January from 10am – 1pm at The Garden School, 9 Westgate, Otley. All materials and morning coffee/cake is provided.
The session will be FREE to any BID Levy payer or member of the Otley Chamber of Trade. If you are not a member of either of these groups the cost is £50 per person. Only 8 places are available so please book early by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’d Love To Hear From You
Our Directors meet on a monthly basis, therefore, if anyone has any questions or you have any feedback or ideas of projects you would like to see implemented in the town, please do not hesitate to contact us on email@example.com.
If you would like to view the 2019/24 Business Plan which will form the basis on how the Otley BID Levy is spent over the next 5 years, it can be viewed at http://www.otleybid.co.uk/business-plan-2019-24/.