9th September 2019
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Northwich BID News
In this issue:
  • Great British High Street Awards judges visit Northwich
  • Northwich named first town in the North West to be Makaton friendly
  • Remind your customers to vote for Northwich
  • The countdown is on to Now Northwich
  • Cheshire Police trialling new online portal for shops and businesses
Great British High Street Awards judges visit Northwich
Northwich was visited on Tuesday 3rd September by judges from the Great British High Street (GBHS) Awards as they cast their eye over the town and learned about the numerous events, projects and initiatives that have been delivered here over the past year.

For the second year running, Northwich is bidding to be crowned a ‘Rising Star’ in the GBHS Awards, sponsored by Visa, which recognises and celebrates the communities that are working together to revive local high streets.
The town’s application, which is being led once again by the Northwich Business Improvement District (BID), focuses on the comprehensive calendar of events organised, the number of digital initiatives delivered, community collaboration on projects and the diversity exhibited by Northwich’s businesses.

Over the past year in particular Northwich has hosted an international festival, seen over 50 businesses host artwork by local residents in their shop windows and teamed up with Cheshire Down’s Syndrome Support Group (CDSSG) to help Northwich become the first town in the north west to achieve Makaton friendly status.
Northwich has upped its game environmentally too, creating wildflower gardens in the town centre and organising community litter picks to help tidy up problem areas.

On judging day itself GBHS representatives visited CDSSG to learn about the processes involved in the Makaton initiative and paid visits to Pretty Princess Cakes and Bakes, the High Street Barber Shop, Board Beans Café, The Salty Dog, Crate Hair and Abda’s Café to chat to business owners and learn about their experiences of working in Northwich and the town’s strong community spirit.

Check out the full press release on the Visit Northwich website.
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Northwich named first town in the North West to be Makaton friendly
Northwich has officially been named the first town in the North West and only the third in the UK to achieve its ‘Makaton Friendly’ status.

Makaton was developed as a simpler form of sign language
to help people who find it difficult to communicate.
The Makaton Friendly scheme recognises organisations that strive to make their services accessible to Makaton users. Overall, over 200 people from 30 local businesses in Northwich have attended training since April.

Associate Director of Memberships and Partnerships at The Makaton Charity Hannah Anderson has extended her congratulations to Northwich.
“It’s fantastic that Northwich is embracing Makaton within the community, you are opening opportunities for more members of the community to socialise and feel included within your town. Such a brilliant achievement, well done Northwich!” 
Read the full press release
Remind your customers to vote for Northwich
As you know, Northwich is looking to be crowned a Rising Star in the 2019 Great British High Street (GBHS) Awards.

The judges’ scores make up a large proportion of the overall vote however a full 20% comes from votes cast on the GBHS website.

An individual email address can be used to vote once a day and each one could make the difference between Northwich winning and losing.
That’s why it’s important to let your staff and customers know about Northwich’s bid to become a Rising Star!

Plus, if you post about the competition on Facebook or Twitter make sure you tag in Visit Northwich or the Northwich BID and we will get this shared to all of our followers. 

The link below takes you direct to the voting page – don’t forget to vote for Northwich as a business too!
Place Your Vote!
The countdown is on to Now Northwich
The Now Northwich festival is less than one month away and a few of the events at the festival have been revealed!

After the success of last year’s festival, this year is expected to captivate the crowds and surprise the spectators with local, national and international performers.
This year will see a family zone too! This will include the Bewonderment Machine, a miniature theatrical flight from A Bird in the Hand which promises to empower the young to care, to be curious and to believe in their own strength.

There will also be a brand new youth zone at the festival, situated at Barons Quay, where dance performances and sets from DJ EWOK will create a welcoming place for young people to hang out.
A number of other acts have already been confirmed including giant insects by Spanish company Sarruga and Lance-Moi en L’air (Throw Me in the Air) by Joli Vyann, an exciting mix of fluid dance, impressive circus and partner acrobatics.

Visit the Now Northwich website for more information about the schedule of events.
Now Northwich 2019
Cheshire Police trialling new online portal for shops and businesses
Cheshire Constabulary is trialling a new scheme which allows shops and businesses, which have been victims of crime, to easily upload evidence straight to the police website.

The pilot launched on Wednesday 21 August and businesses in Crewe and Widnes benefit from the scheme. If successful, it will be rolled out across the county.

The new system will allow shops and businesses to upload CCTV and witness statements straight to an online portal via the police website. It will make the process of retrieving this information simpler and more efficient, providing cost savings for both businesses and the Constabulary. 
Read the full story
Please can you make sure that this E-Bulletin is forwarded on to all your members of staff, we'd like as many people as possible to learn about the great events, initiatives and businesses that are in our fantastic town.
Contact us:

01606 723175

Jane Hough: Northwich BID Manager -

Mark Henshaw: Northwich BID Officer -


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