The end of 2015 is fast approaching and we can now look back at the first full calendar year of the South Bank BID – and this was truly a year of firsts. The year started with the creation of the BID Board, which now includes members from South Bank businesses, including global power-houses and small independent cafes. I am pleased that the Board has now introduced a number of new services that benefit our members and the South Bank area.
Our key priority has been to enhance the security of the area for residents, businesses and visitors, especially in light of recent events. The Met-Plus Patrol Service, introduced in September this year, increases the police presence in the area, and we will be running a number of bespoke security training events for members in the New Year – these will be open to all BID members so please ensure to book a slot.
In September, we invited Jack Morton Worldwide to update us on plans for New Year’s Eve. We also arranged for members to hear from the security team who patrol the area on behalf of the BID and key partners on how personal and business safety is managed and delivered in the area. It was a good opportunity for members to meet and share views on the challenges they face, and for the BID to see what more can be done to support its members.
It’s important that we work closely with other BIDS in Lambeth, Southwark and elsewhere in central London, as well with our boroughs and the Metropolitan Police Service as we develop and progress the work of the South Bank BID. And collaboration is essential for all issues relating to security and safety.
We launched the South Bank BID website which features the latest news from the BID team, as well as a handy directory listing all the businesses which are part of the BID. In addition, we’re now on Twitter @SouthBankBID, so follow us for regular news and updates. For the latest construction updates and to report any issues you would like to be resolved in your local public realm, remember to visit oursouthbank.com, which is also run by the team.
We looked into teaming up with companies to help cut business running costs through offering ways to reduce utility bills and waste and recycling costs, and we have done research on launching other services for BID members, including travel planning, bike maintenance workshops and road safety.
On the destination marketing front, South Bank continues to remain at the forefront of visitors’ minds, helped by a hugely popular Twitter account @southbanklondon (which now counts more followers than all other parts of London put together) and the destination website southbanklondon.com, home to an average of 70K visitors per month.
As a BID member, you can be listed and have your offers promoted on southbanklondon.com if you simply get in touch with the team and tell them your offer – this will also be added to the bimonthly Offers and Competitions e-newsletter which is sent to 22K people. It’s a fantastic resource for you !
The BID Board and team are really looking forward to working with you in 2016, and I’m very excited about the plans we have in place (which will be revealed in the next couple of months).
Finally, to welcome 2016 and to combat any January blues (not that there’s many of those on the South Bank !), on behalf of the Board, I would love to invite you for a New Year in very near future at the Mondrian, and to meet with members of the Board, the BID team, and your fellow members. We’ll confirm the date very soon, and all details will be emailed to you.
Have a wonderful festive season and I look forward to seeing you next year.
South Bank BID Chair