Welcome to our September Newsletter

With summer now behind us and the clocks going back in a matter of weeks, our focus is now fixed on all things Christmas.

And at our next BID Club meeting, we will be joined by representatives of Market Place Europe and Visit Harrogate, who will tell us about this year’s event and in which locations it will be held.

We will also be giving away a number of clues as to what we will be adding to the mix to ensure Harrogate is THE place to shop, eat, drink and have fun this festive period.

We have also been busy creating a ‘Welcome Pack’, which we will be delivering to our Levy payers in the coming weeks.
In addition, we have welcomed a new member to our team, Bethany, and in this newsletter you can read more about her, our new ping pong parlour and this year’s BID board election process.
As ever, if you have any questions, please do get in touch via email, info@harrogatebid.co.uk
Yours sincerelySara Ferguson
BID Chair

First town centre pop-up ping-pong parlour opens

A pop-up ping-pong parlour in Harrogate town centre has been officially opened by a number of sporting celebrities.

Former Republic of Ireland international and Leeds United Manager, David O’Leary, Leeds Rhinos RFC & Leeds Tykes RUFC director, Gary Hetherington, Leeds Tykes Captain Jake Brady, and England Table Tennis Head Performance Coach, Matt Stanforth, were the first to take to the tables within Harrogate BID’s new indoor sports venue, located in Victoria Shopping Centre.

The pop-up ping-pong parlour, which will be open seven days a week during retail hours, boasts four tables for public use. As bats and balls will be provided, all that players need to do is bring an opponent.

The ping-pong parlour is the brainchild of BID board member and hotelier & restaurateur Bokmun Chan, who admits to ‘playing a bit and coaching a bit’ (of table tennis).

Bokmun said: “Thanks to Harrogate BID, a dream of mine to have a ping-pong parlour in Harrogate town centre is becoming a reality; it’s something I’ve been wanting to achieve for a number of years.

“I’m delighted that David, Gary, Jake and Matthew officially opened the parlour for us. We were also joined by local table tennis players from Harrogate Racquets Club and Harrogate Spa Table Tennis Club.

“Table tennis is a great sport and anyone can play it, no matter how young or how old. Whilst I’ve not played for a few years, table tennis is a game that I absolutely love. I played at University level, and when my daughter was in her teens, she played for England.

“This parlour is for the public to use, free of charge. All we ask is that if there are a lot of people wanting to play, then please be sensible and don’t hog the tables too long. Give others a chance.”

Read the full stroy here:

Business and Marketing Executive joins Harrogate BID team

An event management graduate, who for the last two years has worked for West Yorkshire Police advising businesses on security measures, has joined the Harrogate BID team.

Bethany Allen, a former Harrogate Grammar School pupil, has been appointed by the business organisation as Business and Marketing Executive, working out of its new Victoria Shopping Centre office.

Reporting to BID Manager Matthew Chapman, Harrogate-born-and-bred Bethany will work closely with Levy payers, BID partners and board members, as well as helping organise, run and promote its wide-ranging activities.

Matthew said: “I’m delighted to welcome Bethany to the Harrogate BID team. She brings with her a degree in event management and has two years’ experience liaising with and advising businesses and large organisations.

“Having grown up in Harrogate, and also working in the Turkish Baths during her university studies, she knows the town centre incredibly well, which is a real plus for this role.”

Bethany said: “Harrogate is my hometown, and I count myself incredibly lucky being born here, schooled here, and now working here as part of the Harrogate BID team.

“Harrogate is the jewel in Yorkshire’s crown. It’s a town that is famed for its shops, restaurants, bars and conference facilities.

“I’m looking forward to playing my part in the evolving Harrogate BID story, working alongside Matthew, Board members and partners, and getting to know our Levy payers and those businesses within the BID Levy area.”

We have created a new Harrogate BID guide to help explain what we are, who we are, what we do, and to fully put you in the picture about our aims and objectives.

Our Harrogate Hosts will be dropping them off at businesses across the town centre over the coming weeks.

Diary Date – Christmas Market at October BID Club

Market Place Europe, the UK’s leading and award-winning Christmas market operator, will be bringing festive cheer to Harrogate town centre from Friday 3 December until Sunday 12 December.

And representatives of the company and Visit Harrogate, will be our guest speakers at the October BID Club, being held at 5.30pm on Thursday, October 7, at the West Park Hotel.

It will be an opportunity for them to deliver the full overview and to be asked questions from businesses on deliveries, timings, the plan, and additional animations, including what we will be adding to the Yuletide mix.

Please let us know if you will be attending by emailing us at admin@harrogateBID.co.uk

We look forward to seeing you then.

Harrogate BID Board has started the process for electing the Directors for the fourth year of the BID.

We want to give every levy payer the opportunity to participate in the process, but to be able to put your name forward or to vote, you need to be a Member of the Harrogate BID company. A Membership Application form, together with the Rules, will be sent to all Levy Payers, with an attached form, which needs to be completed and retuend to info@harrogatebid.co.uk before noon on November 1,  2021.

The applications will be processed and presented to the BID Board on November 4. The next communication from us will be to Harrogate BID Ltd members only,  inviting them to express an interest in being a Director of the Harrogate BID, and enclosing a Candidate’s form to be completed. Should we receive more names than vacancies to represent a business sector, then there will be a secret ballot.

Brand Yorkshire – invitation of BID Levy payers

The eleventh Brand Yorkshire Business Conference takes place on Thursday, October 7, at The Pavilions of Harrogate.

Brand Yorkshire moved to this venue in 2010 From its previous home in Leeds. BID levy payers Mona and Richard Norman – who own Fogal & Barnes jewellers on Oxford Street chose the venue for its central location, they recognise their visitors come equally from North and West Yorkshire and for the excellent facilities at the Pavilions.

Sadly the 2020 Conference had to be cancelled, due to pandemic and restrictions on large events, but this year the event is back and receiving unprecedented support from exhibitors (stands have already sold out) Delegates, bookings are 25 per cent up on the same period in 2019 and from the incredible line up of speakers who have created some fascinating content to share.

The Brand Yorkshire Conference is undoubtedly the premier free business event in Yorkshire, not only do delegates get to chat with over 70 stand holders who are happy to advise on every aspect of business but there is space for networking and a full programme of informative and enjoyable seminars.

Of the 70 Stand holders 25 per cent are from Harrogate, others from Leeds, York and as far afield as Nottingham and Newcastle. Delegates are travelling from across the North of England. Making Harrogate a great business hub.

All the following, free and under one roof – Delegates are welcome to attend as many sessions as they choose, each lasts for just 20 minutes, leaving plenty of time for networking.

Further information about the event and speakers can be found here: 

UCI 2019 – how did you business do?

Harrogate BID has been invited to participate in a review of the 2019 UCO World Road Racing championships, being undertaken by Harrogate Borough Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Commission.

Whilst we appreciate it was two years ago we would still like to hear your views – good, bad or indifferent – so we can share them with the members of the scrutiny commission.

If you would like to share your experiences, please email info@harrogatebid.co.uk by Monday, October 25, and don’t forget to include your name, business and position within the business.