One of the key objectives of the BID is to improve the city centre experience for visitors and businesses. The BID supports a wide range of initiatives to create a pleasant, safe and accessible environment through its Managed City stream of delivery.
The Street Pastors, who the BID helps to fund, provide valuable on-street support in the city centre on Friday and Saturday nights, helping to look after people who have enjoyed a night out, taking pressure off the police and the medical services who can then devote their time and resources to any serious incidents. Their support is highly valued by the people that they help as well as by businesses that operate in the city in the evening and the emergency services.
The BID funds the taxi marshals who manage taxi ranks in the city centre at weekends, helping people to get home safely. The Taxi Marshals operate until 4am on Friday, Saturday and Bank Holiday Sunday nights.
In 2018 we will look to maximise the impact the Taxi Marshals have by exploring other key times for the night time economy where this resource can make a difference, such as Wednesday nights which is an incredibly busy time for student events.
GROT SPOT CLEANING
The BID launched a rapid urban clean up service for the city centre in conjunction with Nottingham City Council. This gives members of the BID – city centre retailers, licensed premises, office sector businesses and education establishments, access to a special hotline that they can use to contact the Council’s Cleansing Team about any ‘morning-after debris’ they spot in the city centre.
This initiative includes investment in a number of new machines for pavement washing, gum removal and graffiti removal which are operated by the council. In 2016 over 292,000 sq feet of pavements were cleaned.
The Nottingham BID’s Street Ambassadors also offer assistance with graffiti removal via specially sourced wipes and materials which can be used to remove the main types of graffiti found in businesses. Please contact your Street Ambassador if you require assistance.
We are passionate about increasing footfall and dwell time in the city centre, and understand that public transport and parking have a major influence on this. We aim to build on Nottingham’s existing transport offers, ensuring that the city’s transport offer is well communicated and easily understandable so that visitors can travel to the BID area effectively.
We aim to take full advantage of Nottingham’s thriving urban landscape with annual innovative schemes to enhance the overall city centre experience for consumers and attract people to the area.
In the past, our previous Urban Intervention schemes have included an award winning Floral Trail, with planted wicker sculptures dotted across the city, giant topiary sculptures and a large Purple Sofa.
The most recent scheme is giant dinosaur sculptures around the city centre in support of the Dinosaurs of China exhibition coming to the city.