Find out more about the Director Rules and Responsibilities, North Yorkshire County Council's new Workplace Wellbeing Award and key events happening next May!
Your business may be providing the most rewarding working environment, but external factors maybe impacting on your employees physical and mental wellbeing. These factors can be challenging for businesses to manage as they can eventually lead to absence and low productivity.
In the UK, 131 million working days are lost to sickness absence every year (ONS, 2017). The main reasons for sickness absence are:
Minor illnesses, 34.3 million days lost
Musculoskeletal problems, 28.2 million days lost
Stress, depression and anxiety, 14.3 million days lost
However, to help create healthier and more productive places to work, North Yorkshire County Council has launched its free Workplace Wellbeing Award.
With expert support and tools available, you can work with your employees to achieve an award that recognises your commitment to creating a health workplace. There are 3 levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold, which at your own pace you can implement changes that are appropriate for your business.
In the Silver Award, one of the changes is to encourage and support staff to engage in physical activity. In the BID business network, we have a number of gyms and sporting clubs that we can connect you with – big changes does not have to be expensive or time consuming.
For all of the information about the Award you can view it here, or you can contact the team at:
01609 780 780
The future of seaside towns and coastal communities has recently been discussed by the House of Lords Select Committee. Their Recommendations to help Seaside Towns is available to view, ready for the next stage of government response and debate.
The Chairman of the Committee, Lord Bassam of Brighton commented:
“Places like Brighton and Bournemouth have shown that ‘the seaside’ can successfully reinvent itself. The Committee is confident that if our recommendations are pursued seaside towns can once again become prosperous and desirable places to live in and visit.”
Interestingly, both of these towns have thriving Business Improvement Districts. Whilst we wait to hear more about what government funded initiatives will become available for Coastal areas, here are some of the projects that these 2 BIDs are delivering.
Brighton BID is now in its 3rd, 5 year term and has been successfully delivering projects that ensure the environment is clean, safe and importantly, an area that people want to return to. Businesses recognised the importantance of having a vibrant and attractive centre, so the BID delivers the towns Summer City Dressing project. Bunting, floral displays and signage (Created with the community) create a sense of pride, place and opportunities to promote businesses and events.
The project runs May-September before the Christmas lights installations starts, where through focusing on the appearance, they have created yet another reason for people to visit and support retailers in the town.
Bournemouth Coastal BID, now in its 2nd, 5 year term have created an innovative Augmented Reality App to drive footfall, create trails and promote the Bournemouth Coastal area to the next generation of tech savy visitors. The App however, isn’t just for visitors, it is something that residents can also use and enjoy. Local retailers are a key part of the App success and creates a new shopping experience for families and a new way for businesses to collectively promote themselves through seasonally themed competitions.
Brighton and Bournmouth are 2 of 100’s of BIDs around the UK that we can can take inspiration from. However, for the Yorkshire Coast to remain competitive we need to make our projects even more innovative and exciting. We are always open to ideas, so let us know if you have an idea that the BID can help you with.
Following on from the success of the Whitby Cook 250 Festival, businesses are working together to bring a brand new event to the town, promising an array of experiences that celebrate the seaferer’s way of life from sea to shore. The brand new Fish and Ships Festival this May is working with businesses and groups accross the town, each contributing to the event that promises to wow!
Food lovers can sample mouth-watering seafood dishes, see top Chefs cooking live in the Seafood Kitchen with top local Chefs like Paul Gildroy of Magpie Cafe and nationally renowned Jean-Christophe Novelli. A must see for all food lovers is a trip to the fish market where fishermen, fishmongers and chefs will be giving a variety of demonstratives from fish filleting to lobster pot mending.
Angling enthusiasts should put Sunday 19th straight in the diary! The Whitby Sea Anglers Association are holding a one day open fishing competition, with a £1000 prize for the heaviest single fish.
All of the above is fantastic, but don’t forget about the areas rich history and art. There are many talks, exhibitions and workshops, which are perfect for all ages, or why not just sit back, listen to great music and watch the town come alive!
So, how can you help make the event a success? Share the information with your guests and customers! The Fish and Ships Festival is yet another reason why people should visit the Yorkshire Coast and this 2 day event is a great opportunity for encouraging overnight stays. For the full event information head to the event page.
This event is managed by Discover Yorkshire Coast in association with Seafish UK.
VisitBritain’s 2016 research Leveraging Britains Culture, identified great ways of attracting visitors to the UK who are interested in Culture. Britains contemporary culture and cultural heritage is ranked amongst the best in the world and areas like London are dominating in international markets. However, with such a diverse offering on the Yorkshire Coast, how can we attract our unfair share?
The Yorkshire Coast is rich with museums, galleries, Abbeys and Withernsea’s inland lighthouse paying homage to starlet Kay Kendall is a unique attraction like no other. Research tells us that visitors want to see more and have more memorable experiences and it is here in abundance. We can use the Yorkshire Coast’s diverse area to tell stories which give vistors multiple reasons to visit.
Visitors maybe currently drawn to their favourite locations. However, a high percentage are day visitors and are not experiencing everything which is on offer.
So, how can we turn day visitors, to overnights?
One way is by working with neighbouring towns and villages to create 3-5 day itineries.
Day 1: Whitby: Whitby Museum, Harbour, Captain Cook Museum
Day 2: Robin Hood’s Bay: Old Coastguard Station, Robin Hoods Bay Museum and Old St Stephen’s
Day 3: Staithes: Painted Illusion Trail, Captain Cook & Staithes Heritage Centre, Staithes Gallery
With such diverse attractions, no area need compete, but by working in partnership, areas can help support each other to encourage more visitors. And with VisitEngland now adding “Experience of the Year” to their tourism awards, this is yet another way to highlight what is special on the Yorkshire Coast.
Your ideas and feedback are invaluable, so we can give you the tools that you need, so please get in touch and share your thoughts.
The BID Task Group have been instrumental in the development of the Official Business Plan, but as we work towards the formal launch of the Company this summer, we are looking to speak to those BID Members who want to get involved and help us take the Company to the next stage.
Here are some of the ways you can get involved with the BID, but please send back your Member Application Form which is a requirement of Companies House. You can complete it online or you can download a copy and send back to the BID Team.
Director Selection Panel
If you are a BID Member you will soon be able to nominate yourself for one of the 13 Director positions. To aid the Task Group with the selection process, we are inviting 4 BID Members to join us to ensure that those selected are representative of the different areas, sectors and have a skills set that can help drive the Company forward.
Part of the Directors role will be leading working groups to develop key projects in partnership with the business community. Our working groups will give you the opportunity to help shape key projects to ensure that they are in the best interest of the levy paying businesses.
Board of Directors
As a BID Member you will soon be able to nominate yourself for one of the 13 Director positions. We need Directors who are passionate about the Yorkshire Coast, can represent their respective areas, sector and be a positive contributer towards the BID aims to protect and promote the Yorkshire Coast over the next 5 years.
If you are interested in becoming a Director or taking part in future working groups, please speak to the BID Team to find out more.