Indoor service please


We’re really excited at British BIDs HQ to see more of our hospitality and leisure sectors reopening from today. We recently popped into the beautiful market town of Saffron Walden (virtually) in the latest of our reopening conversations. The BID reports that since the initial reopening 5 weeks ago, the general public have been chomping at the bits to get back into town, buy things in person, and see humans face-to-face. They’ve found their business community has really pulled together, there is no doubt whatsoever that this has been enhanced by the pandemic, and happily we are hearing a similar story across the country. 

From today, indoor service resumes in our pubs and restaurants while hotels, cinemas, museums and theatres can finally reopen. And new figures from over the weekend show there has been a sharp rise in hospitality job adverts, as well as an increase in consumer spending on eating out. Things are looking up, and we in the BID industry are at the forefront of reopening efforts (for instance Saffron Walden BID have set up tables and chairs in their market square so shoppers and visitors can buy food from anywhere and dine alfresco - we love that idea).  

How is reopening going for you? We’d love to hear what you’re up to and your experiences - so please get in touch if you’d like to be featured as part of our podcast series. Meanwhile you can listen to our conversation with Shara at Saffron Walden BID and all of our recent BID conversations on ’The British BIDs Podcast’ available wherever you download your podcasts.

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