BID4Bury - Come and make some Whitsun sandcastles

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With this cold weather continuing, surely its got to warm up soon? Well, that’s what we at BID4Bury are banking on happening and hence us organising for a beach to be imported into the Traverse over the two days of this years Whitsun Fayre, writes Mark Cordell, chief executive of BID4Bury.

This attraction will be an addition to the traditional flower and plant market, food and craft stalls, a farmers market on Angel Hill and the return of the children’s farm.

We are also delighted that in one of the vacant units in Cornhill Walk there will be stalls selling handmade arts and crafts – so there will be plenty to do on May 26 and 27 and,of course, all of this entertainment is free. So make sure you put it in your diary now.

Before this, BID4Bury will also be celebrating St George’s Day, which this year falls on a Tuesday. So why not pop into town on the afternoon or evening of April 23, where after 3pm parking will be free across town?

St George is due to visit the town and will be calling in at a number of BID4Bury businesses, so let’s throw away our usual English reserve and celebrate the day of our patron saint.

BID4Bury is about to go into its fourth and penultimate year before the election in the autumn of 2014. Our members get exceedingly good value from their membership as BID4Bury pays for all of the Christmas lights in the town (outside of the arc), pays for nearly all of the hanging baskets in the town, organises the Whitsun Fayre, Food and Drink Festival and the celebrations around the switching on of the Christmas lights. In addition, we are continually promoting our individual businesses and the town as a whole through the use of the ourburystedmunds brand, including our website and smart phone app and, of course, the support of the local written media and in particular the Bury Free Press.

We also want our businesses to improve, so we provide development and training opportunities for our members.

How much does this cost? Well, for more than a third of our members, this costs less than £1 a day and for over half of our businesses, membership fees are less than £1.50 a day, so this represents unbelievably good value for money. This is why more than 20 businesses, which don’t have to be a BID4Bury member, choose to do so and incur some additional expense to join but are confident they will make a ‘profit’ on this sound investment.

Just as importantly, BID4Bury has developed into a very effective lobby group for the town centre business community, able to communicate with the authorities about issues that affect businesses. If Bid4Bury wasn’t here, who would be doing all of the above?

As I frequently state, Bury is bucking the recessional trend and why do we think this is? Could it be that all of the above activity is making a very positive difference and this is why Bury is the envy of so many towns in East Anglia.