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UPDATE ON EFFECTS OF COVID-19 ON ROCHDALE TOWN CENTRE 19/06/2020

Rochdale BID want to keep you updated with the latest news, information and advice during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Please check our website daily for more updates for businesses and website individuals.

Welcome back!

Monday morning saw blue skies overhead and a very warm welcome from our non-essential retail businesses as they opened their doors for the first time since lockdown. It has been weeks in the planning and behind every closed door a huge amount of preparation has been put in place to ensure staff and customer safety. Walking through the streets, seeing local business owners greeting customers like long lost friends, was the most heart-warming feeling.

To promote the reopening, the BID team prepared a video which captures some of shopkeepers opening their front door.  See the video here: https://www.facebook.com/rochdaletowncentre/videos/719591292151489/

BID Rangers

I’m sure you will have spotted that the BID Rangers are now back. The Rangers are a vital link between businesses and organisations within the BID Area, to ensure that businesses are getting the best out of the BID services and projects. 

If you would like the Rangers to pop into to see you to discuss their role and how they might be able to help your businesses, please email  paul@rochdalebid.co.uk

Reopening assets.

To date the BID have handed out approximately 100 recovery packs to local businesses.    More packs are available, and these free assets will go some way to helping shops and leisure businesses manage queues outside their frontages.  

The pack includes:

  • social distancing floor graphics
  • safety posters
  • an essential guide to opening safely 
  • Risk Assessment Template

The resources are free to businesses and can be ordered by emailing paul@rochdalebid.co.uk

LoyalFree has now been launched in Rochdale Town centre and it is free!
What is LoyalFree and How Can it Promote Your Business?

We at Rochdale BID are urging all businesses to take advantage of an innovative new scheme aimed at boosting trade and helping you bounce back from the Covid-19 lockdown. 

The free to download app – which, so far, has more than 47,000 users – provides free advertising for local businesses to promote their offers and events, with the option to run a “loyalty stamp” scheme, feature in local shopping trails and sell products or vouchers online through a no-commission marketplace.

The app will promote businesses when the centre re-opens! In the meantime, however, there's ways of promoting your business now. If you are open and providing a service, even if that's in a delivery/takeaway capacity these can be included in a trail so the public can see that you are trading, or you could promote discount/voucher offers to buy now and use when you are open. The possibilities are endless!

Businesses can see the app and how it works at: loyalfree.co.uk/demo.

The place promotion app will highlight various aspects of Rochdale, including tourism information, business offers, event listings, interactive trails and more.
Businesses will benefit from the advertising of your offers and events to locals and visitors alike; you will get customer insights through a live dashboard; and links to your website, social media, reviews and more.

You will feature in town centre “trails” on the LoyalFree app, which will guide shoppers to a list of retailers, hospitality and leisure providers, such as Open for Business, Vegan Food, Family Friendly, Dog Friendly, Best Independents and so on. Eventually, these may be interactive ones where people can vote and scan.

Once some form of "normality" resumes and more businesses are opening up again the LoyalFree team along with Rochdale BID will visit your establishment and provide you with all the details you need to know including your own personal log in and a QR code for your customers to scan to collect discounts/points/rewards when they visit. All deal information is uploaded by the LoyalFree team so there's nothing extra for you to do other than let us know what your deals are as and when you create them.

LoyalFree also have a new Marketplace feature. This gives all businesses an online platform to be able to sell their products/vouchers online without having to have their own website. The LoyalFree team will set up your online account for you and then all you need to do is upload your products you wish to sell. This is a fantastic opportunity for levy paying businesses to trade on line without the hassle and costs of setting up your own digital platforms. 
https://www.loyalfreemarketplace.co.uk/ 

There is nothing to lose and potentially a lot to gain from providing us with your latest offers/deals and your current operating details so check out how LoyalFree can help your business during the recovery phase and beyond.
Don't delay, contact today!
info@loyalfree.co.uk

Thank you

As we support one another through COVID- 19, it is important that we continue to share the right information and official government guidance to help keep everyone in Rochdale safe.

The BID wishes to thank everyone in Rochdale for adhering to this temporary way of life. It is incredibly inspiring to see so many local people and volunteer groups pulling their resources together to look after the most vulnerable in our community.

Useful Links

COVID-19: what you need to do

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Support for businesses and employers during coronavirus (COVID-19)

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support

General guidance for employees during coronavirus (COVID-19)

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/guidance-and-support-for-employees-duringcoronavirus-covid-19

COVID-19: guidance for food businesses on coronavirus

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-foodbusinesses/guidance-for-food-businesses-on-coronavirus-covid-19

If you have any queries regarding the support which his currently being offered, please don’t hesitate to contact me on 07811 278517.

Paul Ambrose

BID Manager

19 Jun 2020