Welcome to the Otley Business Improvement District January 2019 Update, which keeps you abreast of BID projects that are currently underway and information that affects our BID levy paying businesses.
2018 Visit Otley Festive Guide
We have heard from a few of our retailers that the “Make Yours An Otley Christmas’ brochure, which was funded by the BID, was a great success and that it brought customers through the doors. Do you have a story to tell? Have customers walked into your shop clutching a voucher? if so share it with us.
Also, please remember a large selection of the discount vouchers included within the brochure are still available to redeem throughout February and March. So dig them out and continue to support our Otley businesses. Brochure produced by Visit Otley.
Service Sector Directory
We are often asked what benefit the BID is to our service sector businesses and that we concentrate too much on retail. The good news is that we are in the process of putting together a directory that will concentrate exclusively on the service sector. It will be an A5 booklet that will be sent out to all the areas in and around Otley. The directory will contain an entry for every service sector business within the BID area. There will also be an electronic copy on our website.
Each entry will include your business name, e-mail and phone number. In order to guarantee we include the correct information please drop us a line at email@example.com. If you offer MOT’s, trade services, financial or legal advice, sell or rent houses and anything else that serves our community please get in touch. Once this is in production we envisage it being updated and e-printed every 12 months.
Otley Business Directory
In 2014 we produced an online Business Directory attached to our website which was intended to help promote all our businesses within the BID area. However, it has proved difficult to keep up to date and it hasn’t received the traffic that we originally anticipated. It will therefore be taken down in the very near future.
Don’t Suffer in Silence
The last few months have been very difficult trading times for the vast majority of customer facing businesses. The drop in footfall has hit the length and breadth of the country, not just Otley. No doubt the next few months will produce more business closures as leases come to an end and businesses decide enough is enough. As a body we represent over 500 businesses. We have a voice and may be able to help you negotiate with landlords, leases and rents. We can make no promises but if you feel that we could help please don’t suffer in silence – get in touch. firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re Here to Help
As the next 5 year term starts on 1st April 2019 is there anything that you are bursting to tell us that we should be doing? Don’t keep ideas to yourself, please speak to us. We may be able to make your idea a reality. Please email us at email@example.com.