Work by the Cathedral Quarter and St Peters Quarter Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) has been stepped up to support local businesses as the lockdown continues.

New initiatives include a Facebook Group ‘CQ and SPQ businesses supporting businesses’ that has been set up to encourage business owners to interact and support each other – exchanging advice or services.

Rangers employed in both areas continue to undertake daily patrols of the city centre to check on closed or empty properties with any damage reported to the owners, police or city council.

Meanwhile, the team behind the Cathedral Quarter and St Peters Quarter BIDs are continuing to update businesses via the websites, ebulletins and social media with the latest official advice, guidance and business support that is available to them.

One of the new projects is a comprehensive Business Support guide which is regularly being updated with the latest official guidelines and covers everything from how to apply for the business grants available to them, to information for individuals regarding mortgage holidays and other options available.

Martin Langsdale, chair of the Cathedral Quarter, said:

“The objective during the lockdown is to ensure business continuity both of the BID and the businesses who operate in our area.

“The team continues to have good engagement with businesses and receives a number of calls a day asking for advice and guidance on a range of issues.”

Helen Wathall, chair of St Peters Quarter, continued:

“Our Rangers are the eyes and ears in this area and I know that their daily patrols are welcomed – particularly by owners of businesses who are not able to open during lockdown.

“We are also keen to maintain the area’s online presence with reminders of the work that has been achieved by both of the BID’s with the #Lockdownlookback project as well as SPQ Lockdown Live which is a weekly Facebook Live programme of entertainment by artists who have been part of our street entertainment events in the past.”

For further information, please visit Cathedral Quarter and St Peter’s Quarter websites, and follow on social media channels. You can find out more about about the council’s financial support for businesses here.