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Brighton pop-up Museum of Ordinary People (MOOP) seeks local sponsors for its return to the Fringe

Brighton pop-up Museum of Ordinary People (MOOP) seeks local sponsors for its return to the Fringe

22/03/2019

The Museum of Ordinary People (MOOP)  is a Brighton a pop-up museum that celebrates real people’s stories – the ripples that life leaves behind. We debuted at the Brighton Fringe last year and won the festival’s Visual Arts Award. Our aim is to eventually have a permanent space in Brighton – and even take MOOP worldwide. Last year, we worked with local people who had collections of objects they wanted to explore creatively to tell someone’s story. This culminated in our pop-up exhibition at the Brighton Fringe, which received hundreds of visitors, who left us some heartfelt comments, having been struck by the emotional resonance of MOOP’s exhibitions – which are about everyday themes that we can all relate to, in one way or another,
What are we doing at the Brighton Fringe this year?

MOOP is back for this year’s Brighton Fringe with MOOP: STORIES – a series of evening events that will build on last year’s exhibits – and are seeking like-minded Brighton brands to help sponsor us and cover the costs of different aspects of these events (as a non-profit, we’re all volunteering our time and efforts to make MOOP happen at the moment).

We are looking for local business sponsors to: 
• provide drinks/food for these evening events
• sponsor specific aspects of funding MOOP’s return (venue hire, build costs)
• take out an advert in our brochure
MOOP:STORIES will be held over three Tuesday evenings, throughout May (7th, 14th and 21st).
Each evening will focus on 2-3 of the previous participants’ collections and the stories that they tell. We are working with them to develop the narratives and produce a further piece of work, in the form of a talk or performance. Some of them will also re-exhibit their award-winning pieces from last year. We will have 30-50 attendees and it is being held in the Green Room at the Phoenix.
Why sponsor MOOP, and what will sponsors be entitled to?
You would be aligning your brand with a community-minded, Brighton-born creative project that’s all about representation, empathy and bringing fascinating local stories to life.

You would also receive the following exposure to our fast-growing Brighton fan base – an ethically-minded, creative, culturally curious crowd.

  • A special thank you in our brochure – minimum 150 will be printed and distributed at events.
  • A half-page advert in the brochure (this can be purchased exclusively if preferred).
  • Social media promotion across our channels/press.
  • A thank you during our official welcome on the evening of the event.
 
Please contact Rose on museumofordinarypeople@gmail.com, who will be happy to meet you and tell you more about MOOP, and how we would like to work with sponsors.
Mother's Day & Easter Plans

Mother's Day & Easter Plans

05/03/2019

Please find ideas for treating Mum this Mother’s Day, plus activities and events to celebrate Easter from Visit Brighton’s media briefing (click on link below) to help you with marketing.

2019 Brighton Media Briefing- Mother’s Day and Easter

Speaking of marketing, don’t forget to get in touch with us to tell us all you’re up to. We’ll then share this on the Brilliant Brighton website and to our 12,000+ social media followers. Just email: admin@brightonbid.com with a few sentences and an image.

'Sleep Safe campaign launched to help young people at risk of homelessness

'Sleep Safe campaign launched to help young people at risk of homelessness

05/03/2019

Local homeless charity Sussex Nightstop are marking their 10-year anniversary by launching their ‘Sleep Safe’ campaign. The campaign will raise awareness of the many young people in Sussex at risk of homelessness, often as young as 16 years old.

With rates of homelessness on the increase, young people are particularly vulnerable to becoming homeless, especially when family breakdown is involved. Research points to as many as one in five young people finding themselves in the unpredictable and risky situation of sofa-surfing and of these, roughly half will have sofa-surfed for more than a month. Government data for 2017 illustrates Brighton had the second highest level of recorded rough sleepers in the country after Westminster. At 178 individuals, this represents a 24% increase on the previous year. Six percent of these people were under 26 years old.

Sleeping rough and other temporary living arrangements have a considerable and chronic negative effect. More than half of young people involved in 2017 research by homelessness charity De Paul UK said that not having a stable place to live had damaged their mental or emotional health, and the majority said that their physical wellbeing had suffered. Nearly half said that temporary living had had a negative impact on their relationships and more than four in 10 said it had damaged their education or their ability to find or keep work.

However, Sussex Nightstop provides a safety net for these young people, preventing them from becoming homeless. The charity matches vulnerable young people (aged 16-25) with volunteer hosts who put them up in their spare room, on a night-by-night basis. This gives the young person a safe space to resolve their housing problems, so they don’t risk spiralling into long-term homelessness or the dangers of rough sleeping.

The ‘Sleep Safe’ campaign is urging people to help alleviate this often-hidden problem of youth homelessness by supporting Sussex Nightstop’s work. The ‘Sleep Safe’ campaign will also raise £10,000 towards developing and delivering our services to young people including the recruitment and training of more volunteer hosts.

Sussex Nightstop are calling on commercial organisations and the Sussex community to get behind their fundraising campaign and help them in their ambition to have a safe bed available on every night of the week.

The work Sussex Nightstop does with vulnerable young people has already had very tangible results during their 10 years of operation:

* Since the project began, they have received 750 referrals of young people and matched 3000 bed nights to 345 young people.

* 45% of young people accessing Nightstop are in work or learning.

* 90% of young people using the Sussex Nightstop service go on to secure safer, more suitable housing.

Sussex Nightstop Executive Director Alison Marino said: “I am delighted to be celebrating our 10 year anniversary. The achievements accomplished through the efforts of our local volunteers and the Sussex Nightstop team cannot be underestimated.

“However, there is more work for us to do. We see first-hand the increasing and deepening challenges that young people face with regard to securing a safe and stable place to live. We need to continue to be there for them. We have tasked ourselves in providing a service that supports a range of different needs and we want to develop our volunteer host pool, both in numbers and skills. All of this will enable us to reach more people and move towards our goal of offering a safe bed night every night.

“The Sleep Safe campaign– the messages it spreads and the funds it raises – will help us towards our goal. People have real concern for this issue and on behalf of Sussex Nightstop I offer encouragement and thanks for supporting our campaign.”

A young person who has used Sussex Nightstop’s service said: “Thanks to you guys I achieved the impossible, I’m now living in Central Brighton. You gave me the strength to fight. Thank you so much for giving me a unique look into your family and home.”

One of Sussex Nightstop’s volunteer hosts, Liz, said: “Most of us are concerned about the growing plight of young people who cannot rely on having somewhere to sleep every night. Being able to offer them a warm welcome, a hot meal, and a bed so that they feel safe is such a rewarding yet easy thing to do. As hosts we’ve seen ourselves the positive difference Sussex Nightstop makes to the young people who have stayed with us. We hope the Sleep Safe campaign will help Nightstop to continue to be there for young people when they need it most.”

People who want to support Sussex Nightstop’s work can do this by donating to the ‘Sleep Safe’ campaign, by becoming a volunteer host, fundraising for us or by simply spreading the word about youth homelessness.

If you think you can help Sussex Nightstop raise £10,000 in their tenth-year visit: www.sussexnightstop.org.uk

Attend the Maximising your Current and Future Talent Breakfast Club

Attend the Maximising your Current and Future Talent Breakfast Club

28/02/2019

Attend the Maximising your Current and Future Talent Breakfast Club.

LoveLocalJobs.com are hosting an engaging and thought provoking Breakfast Club at Hotel du Vin, Brighton on Friday 5th April (8:30am – 12:30pm).

What to expect on the day:

  • This ground-breaking event is designed to give you the tools you need to step away from short-term tactical management of people and tasks, and shift your focus to longer-term strategic leadership and cultural development
  • The Skills Farm will deliver two in-depth sessions to help you to ensure you are preparing your team for high performance
  • LoveLocalJobs.com will deliver a session that highlights how you can give members of your team the opportunity to develop in areas outside of their day to day responsibilities, based on successful case studies

Select here to learn more about the event and to book your place. Please note that there are limited places available and facilitated for you at a much reduced cost courtesy of our corporate partner Search Consultancy.

Non Partner Rate: £35 (inc. VAT) 

Free advertising for independent Brighton businesses

Free advertising for independent Brighton businesses

26/02/2019

YourLocalDiscountCard.com has been launched to support independent businesses. We offer free advertising for participating businesses, in return for a discount or promotion to our paid members. This could be a time based offer to increase footfall in quiet periods, a multi-buy offer or a simple discount.  The offer is entirely at your discretion.

Each business will have a dedicated page on our website and we will support them via social media and email campaigns.  The team are very approachable and happy to assist, so please get in touch to discuss via email info@yourlocaldiscountcard.com, call Steve on 07535 704165, or register via our website www.yourlocaldiscountcard.com.

15% for BID Businesses at Creased

15% for BID Businesses at Creased

21/02/2019

‘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

Reduced car parking reminder

Reduced car parking reminder

21/02/2019

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 are only £7.00 for all day parking (Mon-Fri) and £8.50 at weekends.

NCP have also added a new offer to a new code (from 19th Feb) for stays of 5hrs or less! Parking is reduced to £4.50 weekdays / £5.50 weekends. Perfect for part time shifts.

If you would like to receive the new discount code, please email: admin@brightonbid.com.

Make Change Count

Make Change Count

12/02/2019

Brighton & Hove City Council (working in partnership with eight local charities), have created a good practice guide for
businesses to help homeless people in Brighton & Hove and to help put an end to rough sleeping by 2020 through #MakeChangeCount.

The brochure includes:

– How to contact StreetLink to let them know about someone sleeping out.

– advice on reporting anti social behaviour and crime.

– Further details on how they work in partnership with other organisations.

Read the guide here: MCC for business brochure.

Brilliant Brighton SEA LIFE Trail?

Brilliant Brighton SEA LIFE Trail?

22/03/2019

After the recent success of the Brilliant Brighton Lego Trail, we’re pleased to be teaming up with SEA LIFE Brighton for a new trail taking place during half term in May.

Trail-goers will be asked to spot small foam fish in the windows of participating Brilliant Brighton stores, cafes and restaurants and to hand their forms in at SEA LIFE, where they’ll also receive a discount for completing the trail. All entries will be entered into a prize draw, with one lucky participant winning an annual pass to SEA LIFE.

We’ll be working with SEA LIFE Brighton to create a trail brochure (which will also be available to pick up from SEA LIFE, as well as those businesses taking part) and PR campaign, creating a buzz about the event and the businesses involved.

This is now closed for entries, but for the 15 businesses who have told us that they’d like to be involved, we’ll be in touch, over the coming weeks with further details soon.

Would you like a hanging basket?

Would you like a hanging basket?

22/03/2019

We’ve now put in our order for hanging baskets. If you had one last year (or if you’ve already told us you’d like one), a basket will appear in early June.

For any further details, please email: admin@brightonbid.com.

Problems filling your vacancies? Need help finding the right person? Want to reduce your recruitment costs?

Problems filling your vacancies? Need help finding the right person? Want to reduce your recruitment costs?

29/01/2019

Pavilions Employment Support Service is entirely free to use. We work with you to understand the needs of your business so that we can find the right people for your vacancies.

We are about building relationships and are committed to helping you recruit, train and retain quality staff.

Through Job Matching we find candidates who want to work and have the skills that you need, so you can hire quality staff with no recruitment costs.

Work placements and trials give you the opportunity to “try before you hire” to ensure it’s the right fit for you and the candidate.

We provide in work support for the first four months of employment for you and your new employee helping you to train and retain staff.

Our team is available to provide staff training, sharing skills and experience to help improve wellbeing and retention.

OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP LOCAL PEOPLE IMPROVE THEIR LIFE CHANCES

We work with people living in Brighton & Hove, helping you to hire local people so you can make a real difference in the community where you do business.

View the full PDF here: IPS for employers V9 12.09.18.

www.pavilions.org.uk

Contact: Rob Robinson:

e: robrobinson@pavilions.org.uk

t: 01273 731900

m: 07912254286

 

Did you know that Brighton & Hove has its own Living Wage campaign?

Did you know that Brighton & Hove has its own Living Wage campaign?

22/01/2019

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.

Visit Brighton: What's On in 2019

Visit Brighton: What's On in 2019

03/01/2019

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: admin@brightonbid.com.

2019 Brighton Media Briefing – Major Events Exhibitions and Festivals

BHCC's Outdoor Event Strategy to 2024

BHCC's Outdoor Event Strategy to 2024

03/01/2019

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.

Announcing the Brighton and Hove Tourism Alliance #Brighton is... campaign

Announcing the Brighton and Hove Tourism Alliance #Brighton is... campaign

26/10/2018

#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!

Please don't give out the BID Ambassadors' Phone Number

Please don't give out the BID Ambassadors' Phone Number

16/10/2018

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: admin@brightonbid.com.

Preferential currency rates for BID Members & their staff

Preferential currency rates for BID Members & their staff

16/10/2018

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.

Businesses invited to become Pride's City Angels

Businesses invited to become Pride's City Angels

16/10/2018

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 cityangels@brighton-pride.org

 

Free Business Advice Sessions for Brighton Businesses

Free Business Advice Sessions for Brighton Businesses

25/09/2018

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.”

Crowborough Foundation can be contacted FREE by calling 0800 6124405 or mobile 07796 305472. E mail contact@crowboroughfoundation.com or via their website www.crowboroughfoundation.com

Improvements on the way for Brighton’s train services

Improvements on the way for Brighton’s train services

18/09/2018

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:

2019

January

  • Sun 6

February

  • Sat 9 & Sun 10
  • Sat 16 – Sun 24 – Nine day closure period

March

  • Sat 2 & Sun 3
  • Sat 23 & Sun 24
  • Sat 30 & Sun 31

April

  • Sat 6 & Sun 7

May

  • Sunday 5

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

Become a VisitBrighton Partner

Become a VisitBrighton Partner

21/08/2018

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 Funding and more

Utilise Plus Funding and more

07/08/2018

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:

  • Grant funding of between £1,000 to £5,000 to cover one-third of the cost of an energy saving project.
  • Energy Audits, fully-funded by the ERDF, to identify energy and cost saving opportunities that SMEs can then act upon.
  • Energy Saving Workshops, outlining the business case for saving energy and helping participants create their own, unique ‘Action Plans’ to tackle energy use in their organisations.
  • Business Networking Breakfasts, featuring Expert Speakers on a particular aspect of sustainability and connecting like-minded SMEs.
  • Sustainability Tours of interesting organisations that have implemented significant energy saving measures, to inspire attendees to do the same in their own organisations.

For further information please see: www.sustainablebusiness.org.uk and contact 01273 964239 – info@sustainablebusiness.org.uk.

 

Can you help the East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service?

Can you help the East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service?

31/07/2018

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 communications@esfrs.org.

Request a jet wash

Request a jet wash

26/07/2018

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 Sponsorship Opportunity

Gaydio Sponsorship Opportunity

12/07/2018

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: 

Inclusions:

  • Gaydio Brighton Foundation Partner Status
  • On Air live read credits as a Foundation Supporter
  • 1000 MPU spots per month (Brighton targeted)
  • Foundation Partner Page on website (text, logo, images)
  • Volunteer opportunities for staff to get involved at the station
  • Invitation to the launch party
  • 6 months airtime campaign, consisting of 650 x 30 second commercials plus 2 x 30 second commercial production (this can be switched for digital campaigns or a combination of the two, you can use your advertising at any point over a 12 month period from September 2018-August 2019)

Investment: £5,000 plus vat

View the Gaydio Brighton Media Pack .

To find out more this opportunity, contact Rachel on: 07769 653 097 or email: Rachel@gaydio.co.uk. 

 

Independent Retailers in South East Optimistic About The Future of the British High Street

Independent Retailers in South East Optimistic About The Future of the British High Street

22/06/2018

More than half (54.3%) of the South East’s independent high street retailers are optimistic about the future of their local high street – and eight in ten shoppers would miss their local high street if it was no longer there.
This is according to new research commissioned to launch the Government-run Great British High Street Awards 2018, sponsored by Visa. The research reveals that despite recent negative economic forecasts and high-profile retail chain closures:
  • More than four in ten (43.4%) independent South East retailers describe themselves as ‘optimistic’ about the future of their local high street and one in ten (10.9%) are ‘very optimistic’ about the future of their local high streets;
  • More than half (55%) say they predict more bars, restaurants and coffee shops will appear on their high street over the next five years.
Communities Secretary Rt Hon. James Brokenshire MP said at today’s launch: “The Great British High Street Awards acknowledge in a very important way how high streets are so vital to our nation. High streets are crucial in creating jobs, nurturing small businesses and driving local and regional economies. We want to celebrate the best examples of high streets, as well as those individual businessmen and women playing a leading role.
“The Government is doing everything in our power to ensure high streets continue to thrive.”
Suzan Kereere, Head of Merchant Services, Europe, Visa, added: “Visa is very proud to be supporting the Great British High Street Awards at a time when the nation’s high streets are transforming as both technology and consumer behaviour evolve, with consumers looking for a range of different experiences on their high streets. Businesses and communities have shown themselves to be highly adaptable, resilient and creative in meeting these demands.
“Visa is committed to finding innovative ways to support merchants and consumers and helping communities and economies to thrive. High street merchants help to establish and preserve bonds within communities that are as valuable as the economic benefits they generate.”
The findings also show that almost two thirds (65.1%) of South East retailers say being part of a local community and building relationships with customers are what they enjoy most about running their business, with almost one in four (37.3%) saying their high street is ‘improving’ or ‘vastly improving.’
But the view from shoppers in the South East is less positive, with more than seven in ten (72.5%) describing their high street as ‘staying the same’ or ‘getting worse’ and 21.6% claiming there aren’t enough shops and services on it to meet their needs.
And 63% say they feel ‘neutral’ or ‘not very optimistic’ about the future of their high street – despite more than 70% of South East consumers visiting their local high street at least once a week.
However, more than eight in ten (83.5%) people across the South East would miss their local high street if it no longer existed – and more than three quarters (78.8%) believe it is the people they meet there, in terms of both shoppers and retailers, that make it what it is.
Asked what would encourage consumers to visit their high street more and over half (54.2%) said more shops, almost four in ten (38.5%) said a better variety of shops and services and a similar number (37.4%) said better parking or public transport facilities.
Across the UK, the Great British High Street Awards 2018 research also reveals:
  • More than half (53%) of the nation’s independent high street retailers are optimistic about the future of their local high street;
  • Almost eight in ten (78%) independent high street retailers say building relationships with customers and being a part of a community is what they love the most about running their high street business;
  • Independent retailers are more likely to consider the presence of national chains as a POSITIVE factor, with around half (49.3%) saying it attracts shoppers to the area, compared to just a quarter (26%) who claim they lose business to larger retailers offering cheaper products and services;
  • A fifth of shoppers (21.3%) claim there aren’t enough shops and services to suit their needs and nearly two thirds (63%) say they feel ‘neutral’ or ‘not very optimistic’ about the future of their local high street
  • But, 81% of people across the UK would miss their local high street if it no longer existed;
  • Wales is the place most likely to see a big rise in high street coffee shops over the next five years, according to local independent traders, while Scotland will most likely see high street shops converted into housing or office space over the same period.
The Great British High Street Awards 2018, which are being run by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, sponsored by Visa and backed by other partners, is recognising and celebrating local achievements on our high streets and supporting the communities in which we live and work.
The initiative also includes a competition to find the nation’s best high streets, with winners being named in England, Scotland, Wales and – for the first time – Northern Ireland, across two categories: the Champion and Rising Star awards. An overall winner will also be named.
It was announced at today’s launch that author and TV presenter Simon Reeve will be a judge for the Great British High Street Awards 2018.
Mr Reeve said: “I’ve spent the last 16 years travelling around the world and investigating what is happening in other countries, so I’m really looking forward to being a bit closer to home and meeting the unsung heroes helping the nation’s high streets to thrive.”
In 2016, Blackburn in Lancashire was crowned the Great British High Street winner thanks to the determination of the community and local businesses who worked in partnership to drive improvements and overcome the challenges their high street was facing.
This year, winners of the Champion award, celebrating the UK’s best high streets, will be named in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, with an overall national winner also selected. Four Rising Star High Streets – high streets that are taking the lead and working to adapt and diversify – will also be named. Shortlisted entries will be announced in September 2018. 
For more information about the Great British High Street Awards 2018 and to enter, visit:http://thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk.
Council's good practice guide for businesses re rough sleeping and begging

Council's good practice guide for businesses re rough sleeping and begging

14/06/2018

MCC for business brochure fina

Brighton & Hove City Council have launched their good practice guide for how businesses can help rough sleepers and beggars.

Please view this here.

Brighton Mainline Alliance

Brighton Mainline Alliance

11/05/2018

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.

Free 1-2-1 Marketing Advice from the BID's Media Officer

Free 1-2-1 Marketing Advice from the BID's Media Officer

18/01/2018

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: admin@brightonbid.com.

Are you a Carer Friendly company? Carers Hub can provide you with FREE resources to help your organisation become more carer friendly

Are you a Carer Friendly company? Carers Hub can provide you with FREE resources to help your organisation become more carer friendly

29/03/2018

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.

Email: Charlotte.snell@thecarerscentre.org 

carershub.co.uk

Utilise Plus Programme

Utilise Plus Programme

02/02/2018

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
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.

EVENTS
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 info@sustainablebusiness.org.uk or 01273 964239 to discuss the programme and how your organisation could benefit.

Run Hide Tell  - Counter Terrorism Police Safety Information

Run Hide Tell - Counter Terrorism Police Safety Information

18/01/2018

At the moment, the issue of terrorist attacks is regularly in the news. But it’s been on our agenda for much longer.
The police and security service have been working constantly to foil terrorist attacks for years, not months.
But we are not complacent about keeping you safe. Due to events in the UK and abroad, people are
understandably concerned about a firearms or weapons attack. These attacks are very rare but in the event of
such an attack, it helps to be prepared.
Remember, attacks of this nature are still very rare in the UK.
So stay safe, and just remember the words: RUN. HIDE. TELL.
To watch the film, visit gov.uk/ACT
Information is vital. If you see or hear something that could be terrorist related, trust your instincts and call the confidential Anti-Terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321.
Our specially trained officers will take it from there.
Your call could save lives. Always in an emergency, call 999.
Would you like to promote your business to University of Sussex students?

Would you like to promote your business to University of Sussex students?

29/11/2017

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, anndrea.o@sussexstudent.com 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 

 

Attract NHS Staff To Your Business

Attract NHS Staff To Your Business

20/10/2017

NHS Staff represent a loyal customer market of over a million customers.
 
However, over the last decade NHS Staff have had a 12% pay cut in real terms. This means that they are particularly looking to use businesses that can offer them a good deal.
 
You can register today with Health Staff Discounts and they will promote your business to NHS Staff. Over 35,000 business have registered on Health Staff Discounts already.
 
The basic service is free and you can register an offer here > https://www.healthstaffdiscounts.co.uk/Registration/BusinessRegistration.aspx

 

Counter-Terrorism Advice

Counter-Terrorism Advice

21/06/2017

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.

First Ride Free With UBER

First Ride Free With UBER

22/02/2017

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.

Brighton City Council Can Help With Trade Waste & Recycling!

Brighton City Council Can Help With Trade Waste & Recycling!

15/02/2017

The council are offering a flexible service to suit your business’ needs at a competitive price (with no hidden costs).

To request a site visit and get a free no obligation quote visit www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/tradewaste or email commercial.waste@brighton-hove.gov.uk/ call 01273 290798.

 

A new transport initiative has launched for Brighton based businesses

A new transport initiative has launched for Brighton based businesses

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 kip@easit.org.uk.

Open To Export Site Launched

Open To Export Site Launched

14/10/2016

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.

www.opentoexport.com

Great discounts on TV advertising with LatestTV

Great discounts on TV advertising with LatestTV

01/08/2016

Brighton BID has negotiated great discounts on TV advertising with LatestTV.

 

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