Visit Brighton - What's On - February Half Term
Planning goings-on for February half term? Visit Brighton have released their media briefing, listing all planned events during this time.
Planning goings-on for February half term? Visit Brighton have released their media briefing, listing all planned events during this time.
Nearly 500 employers are signed up, pledging to pay all employees a minimum of £9 per hour (with the exception of interns, apprentices and under 18s).
The benefits to staff are obvious, but your business should benefit too. In a recent survey the campaign was praised for creating positive PR opportunities, helping with recruitment and encouraging good staff morale, as well as over 50% of employers surveyed saying that they look at Living Wage employers when making buying decisions.
43 retailers are currently signed up to the campaign, including Brighton BID members Oliver Bonas, Infinity Foods, Jump the Gun, Silverado, Gresham Blake, Creased Cards and Brighton Silver. If you can join them, signing up is free and only takes a minute – head to www.livingwagebrighton.co.uk/sign-up/ for more information.
“As a new retail business, we felt it was very important to signal our intent to ensure our staff are well-motivated – therefore the Living Wage was a no-brainer. Meeting the Living Wage level is already helping to ensure we deliver on our top priority – delivering a superior retail experience to our customers through happy and healthy team members.” – Paul Jarman, Creased Cards.
The Brighton & Hove Living Wage campaign is led by Brighton Chamber and supported by Brighton & Hove City Council and Unison.
Just a reminder that all BID members (and their staff) receive discount at two of the city’s NCP car parks.
The theatre and Russell Road car parks is only £7.00 for all day parking (Mon-Fri) and £8.50 at weekends. Everyone can sign in just for same car park. If you wish to park on another car park , you will receive discount 10% on any other NCP car park.
If you would like to receive the discount code, please email: email@example.com, letting us know which car park (either Theatre or Russell Road), you’d like to use.
Visit Brighton have released their events guide detailing all those big planned (so far) in the city for 2019.
Whether it’s Pride, Brighton Marathon or Brighton Festival, there’s plenty of scope to run offers/ events around them. Please don’t forget to keep us in the loop with your plans to promote: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brighton & Hove City Council’s Outdoor Event Strategy’s final draft is now available to view and comment on.
This work has been commissioned by the City Council but potentially impacts on everyone with an interest in outdoor events and, in particular, their impact on the city’s environment, economy and culture.
This consultation is an opportunity for Brighton and Hove residents and those working in or affected by outdoor events to comment on the draft of the Outdoor Events Strategy to 2024. Comments will be taken into consideration and a revised draft strategy taken to the Tourism, Development and Culture Committee in March 2019.
Click here to see the consultation survey and the full outdoors events strategy.
‘Neighbours, everybody loves good neighbours’ as the song goes. Here at Creased, we love our neighbours, so we are offering all BID traders a fantastic 15% off everything in store. Just let us know that you are part of the BID / Brilliant Brighton when at the till to get the discount.
Creased is Brighton’s most original and quirky card shop located in The Lanes shopping area in Brighton. Creased stocks a wide range of unusual and unique cards and gifts, unlike anything else in the area – ensuring you can always find something for that special person.
Paul & his team scour the land to find the best contemporary, quality products and present them in a superb, welcoming retail environment – meaning you get the best greeting card and gift buying experience around. You will find stylish greetings cards suitable for all occasions including birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, new home, and new baby They also have a wonderful array of humour cards (some very ‘adult’!), which are suitable for any occasion.
Find Creased at 10 Meeting House Lane.
Opening Hours – Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 9am-6.30pm Thursday & Friday 9am-7pm Saturday 9 am – 6.30pm & Sunday 10am – 5.30 pm
You will be aware that Gatwick Airport Ltd has recently launched a new Draft Master Plan to support growth of the Airport across the next 5 years and then rolling out to 15 years.
The Draft Plan sets out three growth scenarios and includes detail on how it will address infrastructure, the economy, the environment and the passenger experience.
The three scenarios are:
#Brighton is… is a publicity/awareness campaign that will initially begin with social media ‘conversation’ on Twitter and is aimed at engaging a wide range people, individuals, businesses, and organisations across all sectors in discussion about the city and revealing what their Brighton is. The objective of the campaign is to present a diverse range of experiences that will encourage visitors to come and ”discover their Brighton”
This campaign can be used by all businesses for their own marketing objectives for example #Brighton is… playing the Dolphin Derby at Brighton Palace Pier! #Brighton is… having afternoon tea at the Grand Hotel! #Brighton is… learning close up and personal about marine life at Sealife!
Or the more personal tweets: #Brighton is… a fickle love/hate relationship with seagulls! #Brighton is… the dilemma of preserving nearly dead phone battery vs photo of an incredible sunset!
Get involved by Tweeting #Brighton is… and #DiscoverYourBrighton
Feel free to tag us (@brilliantbrighton) and @TourismBandH to share!
After a few calls from members of the public, outside of the BID area, to our Ambassadors (who’ve been told their number has been given out by a business), we just wanted to remind businesses to keep this number private/ just shared amongst your team.
This is so that the Ambassadors can respond quicker to BID-area related incidents and not be needed off-patch. Of course, if the Ambassadors are needed in your locality, feel free to call them directly to assist.
If you require the Ambassadors number or would like stickers for your staff room/ to put on your landline, just email: email@example.com.
NO.1 Currency are offering Brighton BID members and staff access to their Priority rates in their Brighton shop.
To claim: visit the Ship Street shop, show work I.D and their staff will give you a better rate.
You can also click and collect via this link: https://www.no1currency.com/buy-currency/?promoCode=BrightonBID&promoExpiry=168.
Brighton & Hove Pride is the city’s largest single event and provides an amazing opportunity for all businesses to come together and show their commitment to diversity and inclusion as well as their support for the multiple community groups and charities we have.
To promote a closer working partnership with local retailers and city businesses and help promote the tourist and retail economy during Pride month and throughout the year, Pride are launching a City Angels campaign.
Supported by Brilliant Brighton, City Angels will receive a window sticker to display all year around and an official branded City Angels flag during Pride month as an official supporting business. City Angels will also be promoted across press ads, a city supporters map, listing on the Pride website and programme as well as Pride’s extensive media reach of 104k likes on facebook, 36k on twitter and 1.1m unique website visitors all promoting Pride visitors to genuine, supporting businesses.
Pride brought in over £20.5 million into the City’s economy over the Pride weekend 2018 and our annual survey has shown the majority of visitors are more likely to support a business or venues that is an official supporter of Pride and who are proud to celebrate the diversity of their City.
City Angels will also demonstrate their support for “Pride in our City” throughout the year with all fundraising income will support Pride’s Social Impact Fund benefiting local voluntary sector groups and charities as well an allocation to extra resources for city-wide cleansing and other important city-wide resources over the Pride weekend.
If you are interested in getting involved please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Brighton Bricks, the Adult Fan of Lego group in Brighton are planning a big Lego show to be held at Brighton Unitarian Church, on New Road next February
We are looking for businesses who are willing to sponsor our show, and help us cover our costs
The event is designed to be a showcase of things plastic brick related, from displays to Lego robotics to showing how something like Lego is great dealing with mental health etc.
£50 – name on all flyers / posters & a special Brighton Bricks Show Brick
£100 – name & logo on all flyers / posters & a special Brighton Bricks Show Brick
£250 – name & logo on top of poster & mention in any media appearances we get
Contact:Nick@brightgreenpenguin.com for further information.
Twitter – @BrightonBricks
Facebook – Brighton Bricks
Local charity the Crowborough Foundation is now working with Brighton businesses to offer free advice.
With 1-2-1 meetings, meet ups and social meetings for larger group, the Foundation offers plenty of opportunities to connect with other business owners from across the city.
Anybody can participate in the different types of meeting even if they do not have a business of their own.
“It is exciting to be working in Brighton for the first time, Selina Robinson, Director of the Foundation, says. “It is such a vibrant city and we look forward to linking business and charity through our free to attend meetings.”
Passengers travelling to and from Brighton are going to see improvements to their journeys from May next year thanks to a £67million Government investment taking place between Brighton, Gatwick and the capital.
A campaign has been launched by Network Rail to raise awareness of the dates when the line will be closed to allow the works to take place.
The upgrade work will focus on four Victorian-era tunnels – Balcombe, Clayton, Patcham and Haywards Heath – and the railway which runs through them.
From now until May next year, 34 days of closures timed at weekends and the February half term will enable engineers to carry out the first major overhaul of the southern end of the line in more than thirty years.
Mark Killick, Network Rail’s Chief Operating Officer for the South East route, said: “Passengers on the Brighton Main Line deserve a better, more reliable railway and our work over the next nine months will deliver that.”
Keith Jipps, Govia Thameslink Railway’s Infrastructure Director, said: “Network Rail’s work is essential to give our passengers the reliable, punctual services that we all want on our route and my aim is make sure everyone benefits as quickly and painlessly as possible from that.”
Network Rail is keen to collaborate with the local community and deliver a reliable and resilient line from the Victorian era to the modern age. Please sign up to our newsletter at www.brightonmainline.co.uk or follow us on Twitter @brighton_line.
The planned dates are:
The programme of works will involve:
• Stemming leaks into the tunnels and improving drainage
• Upgrading or replacing the third rail power system and signalling
• Replacing track and sets of points, which enable trains to switch between tracks
• Replacing fencing and improving security to deter trespassers.
It will improve reliability on the Brighton Main Line significantly, reducing delays for passengers travelling between London and the south coast
VisitBrighton are offering BID businesses 20% of partnership fees.
The fee for shops = £200 plus VAT
The fee for cafes, pubs and bars = £240 plus VAT
For restaurants, the fee is £288 plus VAT
Benefits of becoming a VisitBrighton partner include online promotion (their website received over 2 million visits in 2017, while their social media following is over 90,000), plus offline promotion (maps, partnership window sticker and networking).
Find out more here: https://www.visitbrighton.com/plan-your-visit/work-with-us.
Utilise Plus helps eligible small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) save energy, reducing their costs and Greenhouse Gas emissions in the process. We are very proud to say that since starting the programme in late 2017, we have already helped SMEs make an estimated combined annual saving of 125 tonnes of CO2e by reducing their individual annual energy usage, on average, by 27%. We have achieved this by offering a variety of complimentary services, including:
The East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (ESFRS) is proud and committed to being part of the local community… can you help us, to ensure that the ‘Brighton Tribe’ continues to have a good time?
What are they after? Quite simply – all manner of vouchers, discount codes and prizes from you.
Why do they need them? Simply, to incentivise and reward people who sign-up and are selected to take part in a fun and rewarding research trial to reduce the number of fires in the home – also known as Accidental Dwelling Fires (ADF) -in the local area.
As partners in this way, ESFRS would demonstrate a strong sense of unity in the local community, helping people continue the good times, safely… and they hope you will join them that aim.
What’s in it for you? ESFRS will promote and advertise your business for free to over 12,000 people via their online marketing campaign materials!
For more information, please contact email@example.com.
Here at the BID, we’re working hard to get the council to clean the streets. As well as having continual discussions with the City Clean team, our CEO, Gavin Stewart, was recently interviewed by BBC Sussex about why more needs to be done to clean the city’s streets.
We just wanted to make you aware that businesses and residents can request street jet washing from the council here: https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/environment/recycling-rubbish-and-street-cleaning/street-jet-washing-chewing-gum-removal-and. We are continuing to report any requests that come in from businesses, plus any spots we see, but it would be helpful if our BID members would request jet washes too.
We hope that the more this service is used, the more important it is deemed to be – and hopefully more funding will be in place to keep our streets looking spotless, not only for the 11 million visitors, but also for residents and businesses too.
Gaydio is the only UK radio station specifically aimed at lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people. It is available in a number of cities and reaches over half a million listeners per week broadcasting to Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, Cambridge, London, Brighton and Portsmouth, making it the largest LGBT media outlet in the country.
In September, Gaydio launches a dedicated FM service for Brighton & Hove (Gaydio has been on DAB in Brighton for 5 years), based in the city.
Gaydio Brighton will be run independently of the existing channels across the country, whilst also benefitting from the support and resources of the national service.
The organisation will be run by local people, allowing it to be more accountable and better connect to the needs of the community.
Broadcasting on both FM and DAB Digital Radio, Gaydio Brighton will share the best programming from the national service alongside a range of locally produced shows, content and opportunities for local businesses.
Gaydio is a Community interest Company that delivers training programs and opportunities to both the vulnerable and LGBT community across the country and will continue this with Gaydio Brighton.
This is a fantastic opportunity to not only be involved in a brand new FM radio station specifically for Brighton & Hove but to also engage with a premier brand with a cash rich audience!
With all of our campaigns we are able to provide full post campaign analysis on all digital campaigns along with OTH (opportunities to hear) and reach (how many people your advert will reach) for on air campaigns providing you with the best possible ROI!
Gaydio Foundation Partner:
The foundation partnership gives a unique opportunity to be involved in something that is not only exciting and Brighton centric but that also connects you with a new cash rich market whilst giving back to the local community!
A Commercial Foundation Partner Package that includes advertising spots across the Brighton station for 6 months:
Foundation Partner Level 1:
Investment: £5,000 plus vat
View the Gaydio Brighton Media Pack .
Brilliant Brighton is delighted to be a member of the Brighton Mainline Alliance which is campaigning for strategic investment in our rail network. Our region’s economy desperately needs reliable rail links and the Alliance strongly supports the Croydon Area Remodelling Scheme which will allow more trains to run to and from London, Gatwick Airport and Brighton, and across the rest of the South Coast. We urge you to join the Alliance as members in your own right and add your voice to the call for Government to commit to funding.
Send Jake.Daniels@coast2capital.org.uk your logo to confirm your support.
Our media officer Shelley is now offering complimentary 1-2-1 marketing sessions tailored to your needs. So if you’re not sure which social media site/s you should be posting on and when, or want to know how to get your business featured in magazines and the media, or perhaps just want a friendly chat about how best to market your business this year, just get in touch!
Shelley can be contacted on: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did you know that 1 in 9 employees in Brighton and Hove are unpaid carers? Working carers combine looking after a loved one at home with paid work. Many struggle to balance being productive at work with their caring responsibilities, often not feeling they can approach their employer, sometimes having to give up their jobs due to lack of understanding and flexibility.
A carer provides unpaid support to a partner, child, relative or friend who couldn’t manage to live independently or whose health or wellbeing would deteriorate without this help. This could be due to frailty, disability or serious health condition, mental ill health, or substance misuse.
Whether in the office, boardroom, or shop floor – each working carer has statutory rights, such as time off in emergencies and requesting flexible working. Many companies also offer contractual rights as part of their Carer’s policy, such as added flexibility, or encouraging staff networks for peer support.
A supportive company that recognises their working carers is more likely to keep hold of valued staff, have lower absence rates, and have improved staff productivity. Businesses have a vested interest in supporting their working carers; loss of staff and skills have a huge financial impact, costing the economy over £1.3 billion per year (Carers UK).
“We have over 24,000 people in an unpaid caring role in the City, with 20% providing over 50 hours of care per week. The highest proportion of carers are between the age of 50 and 64 years old, traditionally of working age. Nationally it is estimated that 2.3 million adults give up their jobs at some point in order to care. It is essential that we support and value these individuals by providing targeted services, alongside having a culture of identification & recognition, ensuring they can provide care, and work if they wish to. Think Carer is everybody’s business, please support us to make Brighton and Hove a Carer Friendly City.” Commissioning Manager for Carers (BHCC), Gemma Scambler.
Employers for Carers (EFC), part of the national charity Carers UK, have created some fantastic resources to help both companies and working carers including e-learning, employment guides, contract templates, toolkits and online and local support and information for carers around balancing work with caring.
Brighton and Hove City Council along with the Carers Hub – the one place for information and support for local carers – are asking SMEs to sign up to these EFC resources for FREE.
Chris Lau, local Carers Centre Director confirms “with some simple steps you can pledge to become more carer friendly…display a Carers Hub poster in your staff room, share supportive resources with your staff and encourage a dialogue about caring in your workplace.”
Find out more and join a growing number of local companies pledging to support their staff carers.
Contact Charly Snell at the Carers Hub.
The Utilise Plus programme offers grants for energy efficiency projects and a range of fully-funded business support services: energy audits, energy health checks, events and workshops (http://sustainablebusiness.org.uk/utilise-plus-programme/).
The programme supports eligible small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) throughout England. It is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), supported by the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, and delivered by the Sustainable Business Partnership CIC.
Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 to cover up to one-third of the cost of best practice energy efficiency projects.
Find out more.
ENERGY AUDITS & HEALTH CHECKS
Analysis of energy consumption, which can include a robust audit of the premises. This identifies measures to reduce energy use, costs and carbon emissions.
Find out more.
ENERGY SAVING WORKSHOPS
These half-day, practical sessions explore both quick-win and longer term energy efficiency measures.
Find out more.
A varied events programme across the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership region focused on building energy efficiency awareness, knowledge and networking with like-minded organisations. Find out more.
Case Study visits offer an insight into organisations that have implemented energy efficiency measures, from basic to best practice, to share their successes and issues.
Business Breakfasts allow for knowledge-building and networking with expert speakers and real life case studies.
Please contact us on email@example.com or 01273 964239 to discuss the programme and how your organisation could benefit.
The University of Sussex is a Top 20 University in the UK, we have a 17,000 students attending our campus on the edge of the beautiful South Downs, including a large International group of students. If you would like to reach out to our students and let them know about your business, we are looking for local Brighton and Sussex businesses to run offers specific to NUS extra card holders (National Union of Students discount card). There are many brands already doing this on a national and international level, however, we are really keen for our students to be able to benefit from local offers in and around Brighton, where they already live, shop, eat and socialize.
If you are interested in running an offer, can you please get in touch with Anndrea O’Toole, firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss in more detail.
To find out more about the card, please see: https://www.nus.org.uk/en/nus-extra/about-the-card
The government have created a detailed PDF on crowded places safety guidance for a range of sectors. The guide is intended to give protective security advice at those places where there may be a risk of a terrorist attack by the very nature that they are crowded places. Night-time economy advice can be found from page 6, cinemas and theatres from page 8, retail from page 13, hotels and restaurants from page 21 and visitor attractions from page 25. View the PDF here
The police have also created an information film providing advice on how to keep safe in the event of a firearms or weapons attack. The four minute film, Stay Safe: Firearms and Weapons Attack, sets out three key steps for keeping safe. This can be viewed here.
We’re really pleased to have negotiated a great deal for you AND your customers with UBER!
Simply enter code BID2017 when you sign up for the app and enjoy up to £15 free travel – on your first visit – with UBER.
The council are offering a flexible service to suit your business’ needs at a competitive price (with no hidden costs).
easitBRIGHTON&HOVE is a social enterprise designed to encourage staff to chose sustainable methods of transport for their daily commute. Company membership starts from as little as £150 per annum and provides staff access to a range of transport discounts including a 15% rail discount on Southern services (including peak time travel and annual season tickets), 10% discount on selected Brighton&Hove bus routes with Metrobus, Compass & Stagecoach, car clubs as well as savings on bike purchases, cycling accessories & servicing and an amazing £11k saving on the new, extended range Nissan Leaf Acenta electric car!
easitNETWORK has won a number of Green awards over the past 10 years, including The Queens Award for Enterprise and Green Apple Environment Award. For more information please visit www.easit.org.uk or call Kip Parker on 0771 333 0280 or email email@example.com.
Open to Export is the online community, backed by Government and business, to help UK businesses get started selling overseas. It provides extensive and valuable information on how to prepare for and execute exporting globally along with a chat forum facility for peer-to-peer discussion. Public and Private sector stakeholders and content contributors offer their knowledge and guidance free-of-charge to encourage SME`s to start exporting.
Brighton BID has negotiated great discounts on TV advertising with LatestTV.