January has been another busy and productive month for Harrogate BID.
2022 kicked off with us welcoming a new member to the team, Street Ranger Chris Ashby, who is already making a really positive impact in the town centre. We also held our AGM and outlined our plans for the year ahead.
In this latest newsletter you will also be able to read our 2021 Review.
Our first BID Club of 2022 is being held in our office on Thursday, February 10, and this will be an opportunity to meet Chris and the rest of the team. And if there’s anything you want to talk to us about, be it levy payments, our campaigns or things you’d like to see us do, this is a perfect opportunity to do just that.
Sara Ferguson BID Chair
Harrogate BID Street Ranger takes on grime fighting role
A new, uniformed presence has started patrolling Harrogate town centre with a licence to cut grime!
Harrogate BID Street Ranger Chris Ashby will soon become a familiar figure as drives around the BID area in an electric vehicle carrying out cleaning and weeding duties.
His work will be above and beyond that undertaken by Harrogate Borough Council’s street cleansing department and the BID’s contract cleaning crew who will be carrying out four major deep-cleans this year.
In addition to cleaning pavement spillages and giving railings, signs and lampposts a new coat of paint when needed, he will also alert the council to overflowing bins, improve first impressions, and keep an eye out for incidents of antisocial behaviour.
Harrogate BID Manager Matthew Chapman said: “We are delighted to have Chris join the BID team as our first Street Ranger, and a key player in our ‘safe, clean and welcoming’ objective.
“Harrogate is the ‘jewel in Yorkshire’s crown’, and Chris will be there to give it an extra sparkle. The council already does a great job in terms of ridding pavements of litter, and Chris will be building on their day-to-day work.
“His battery-powered vehicle will carry a variety of tools including brushes, bin bags and a power washer allowing him to quickly react to any unsightly or hazardous incident that businesses might report, and what and he sees with his own eyes.”
Harrogate Street Ranger Chris Ashby said: “Living in Harrogate, I’m aware of a what a very special town it is. I’m really looking forward to taking on this new role with Harrogate BID and getting to know business owners and Levy papers as I carry out my grime fighting duties.”
Plans for 2022 outlined at AGM
Initiatives to make Harrogate town centre more vibrant and welcoming during 2022 werer unveiled at our AGM.
These include a high-profile ‘HasToBeHarrogate’ promotional campaign, high quality street entertainment, more cleaning and weeding, and the deployment of a Street Ranger.
With The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee being marked in early June – and the country being given two days off to celebrate this magnificent milestone – plans are being drawn up to ensure Harrogate makes the most this four-day holiday.
Harrogate BID Chair Sara Ferguson said: “The good news is that we are going to do more to make Harrogate even more appealing, giving locals and visitors plenty of reasons to ‘pop into town’ time and time again.
“This month our Street Ranger, whose main remit is to keep the town centre looking spick and span, will make his official debut. So, look out for him and his branded electric vehicle complete with jet washer.
“Our street cleansing crew will be back in March for the first of four major cleaning and weeding sessions, and ensuring Harrogate looks fresh and clean in time for the Easter holiday.
“Our barrier baskets and planters will again be giving Harrogate a vibrant burst of colour and clearly demonstrating why it is renowned as a floral town.”
Sara added that BID would be working in partnership with LoyalFree to create a series of ‘shop local’ campaigns, aimed at promoting Harrogate as Yorkshire’s number destination to ‘shop, eat and drink’.
And whilst Covid had limited what it could do in terms of on-street entertainment last year, we will be showcasing some wonderful home-grown theatrical talent, who will be performing in the town centre over a series of weekends throughout the year.
She added: “Making a welcome return this summer is the Harrogate Lego Trail – and the good news is we will be adding to the unique Harrogate models, which last year included Bettys and The Turkish Baths.
“A ‘HasToBeHarrogate’ promotional campaign will shine a light on our superb businesses and unique features that set Harrogate apart from any other town.
“On the back of the success of the Christmas Fayre, we are looking at hosting a series of pop-up markets, each with a different offering and appeal.
“And keep your eyes peeled for more street art. Such have been the comments of the mural now adorning the side of Monsoon on Cross James Street, we are seeking out other areas that could do with a creative makeover.
“We are looking at ways in which we can help businesses save money, which again will include some form of grant scheme.
Last year, we worked in partnership with a variety of different organisations, be it giving business a stronger voice, supporting efforts to reduce anti-social behaviour in the town, providing free parking or sponsoring a variety of events, and this year we intend to continue this approach.”
Read our Review of 2021
The work of the Harrogate BID aims to support, safeguard and improve Harrogate for residents and visitors alike, to make the town the best it can be. We hope you enjoy reading our Bid Annual Review to see the progress we have made in 2021.
Grants on offer to those looking to bring high quality entertainment to town centre
We are inviting individuals and groups able to bring high-quality entertainment to get in touch.
In particular, we are for unique crowd-pulling performances, events and installations to liven up the streets, and draw in the visitors throughout the year.
And to assist with any costs that are incurred, the BID is offering funding – as long as it satisfies certain criteria.
Harrogate BID Manager Matthew Chapman said: “We are really keen to bring something new and exciting to Harrogate town centre each weekend, and we are calling on individuals and groups to help us achieve this.
“We are particularly looking for something that is unique, exciting and has the wow factor. Harrogate is a standout town, and we want anything that we help deliver to also stand out.”
Mathew added that grants weren’t just available for performers, but for individuals, groups and organisations who want to play a part in benefitting the BID levy area.
“Last year, we commissioned the incredible mural that adorns the side of Monsoon, on Cross James Street. We also commissioned Artizan UK to create nine mosaic letters spelling Harrogate to cover the bricked up windows on the side of Boots building, along Cambridge Place.
“I’m really pleased to say these will be in situ next month, adding a much-needed splash of colour to this drab street linking Oxford Street and Cambridge Street. We also provided a colourful banner for Commercial Street to help promote the independent businesses it’s home to.
“We have five key project areas; marketing, promotions & events, access & car parking, safe, clean & welcoming, business plus, and evening & night time economy, and if an idea fits in with one of these, then we are interested and a grant may well be available.”