News in Beeston
Beeston Food and Drink Weekend returns for second year 18th-19th October
Following last year's successful event, Beestons Food and Drink Weekend is back! We want to celebrate the wide variety of food and drink venues that Beeston has to offer.
And....to make the weekend even more special, as we are proud sponsors of the Oxjam Beeston Music Festival 2013, we wanted to shout about the great local talent we have too.
In the attached leaflet you will find a number of events that are taking place in various locations throughout the weekend.
Week long festival to celebrate all things Beeston!
A week long "Beestival" festival will begin on Monday to celebrate all the great things that Beeston has to offer.
Kicking off on Monday, the popular Arts and Craft Fair will be in Beeston Square all week. Events at White Lion Bar and Kitchen (Middle Street), Broadgate Park, The Commercial Inn (Wollaton Road) and The Crown (Church Street) will also be taking place offering a bit of something for everyone.
Anyone that visits Beeston during the week will receive a voucher booklet which has a whole host of offers from the businesses in Beeston.
For more information and for a full list of events and activities, please click on the Beestival events guide.
Love Your Local Market-The return of Beeston Market!
Monday 20th May will see the return of Beeston market almost a year after it disappeared from its former location on Willoughby Street.
Stall-it Beeston, a not for profit company is working to enable new start ups and independents to trade on underused or disused private land and public spaces, in order to help regenerate the town centre.
Stalls will be £10 and from 3rd June, the market will run on a weekly basis.
The new location for the market will be Beeston Square although in the long tern it is hoped that various locations throughout the town will be used.
If you are interested in having a stall, please contact Carly Collingwood on email@example.com or phone 07414 781067.
Chilwell Road is throwing a Street Party!
Businesses on Chilwell Road and High Road Chilwell are in high spirits despite the impending tram works. The road will officially close to through traffic on Monday 25th March for a 12 month period.
Despite this, all businesses will remain open, car parking will be available at either end and pedestrians will be able to access all shops.
To highlight this, the business community have come together and are going to be holding a Street Party on Saturday 30th March. From 12 noon until 5pm, attractions such as face painting, circus skills workshops, Punch and Judy and a live music stage will make the street come to life. Local businesses will either be having stalls or opening their doors and offering something special for the day
The party continues from 7pm, with an Open Mic night and more live entertainment in the streets pubs.
For more information download the event guide
Chinese New Year comes to Beeston
Families across Beeston can see in the Year of the Snake when an all day celebration of Chinese, Japanese and Tibetan culture comes to Beeston next month.
The packed programme of activities will welcome local people to celebrate Chinese New Year between 10.00am and 4.00pm on Saturday 9th February 2013 at Broadgate Park, Beeston Square and the Pearson Centre.
The Celebrations begin in Beeston Square between 10.00am and 12.30pm and include a family procession led by an elegant Geisha, along with classical Chinese music, Kung Fu, breathtaking dance perfomances from Du Dan, the Chinese Community Association Choir, a dragon dance from the Chinese Student and Scholars Association as well as perfomances from Push Dance Collective and Beeston Fields Primary School.
Traditional food will also be on offer at the Pearson Centre, as well as live perfomances and creative workshops in Brush painting, paper folding and dragon mask making between 12.00pm-4.00pm.
Families can also claim a free gift by following a lantern trail around the town. Participants can collect their instructions from Beeston Square between 10.00am-12.30pm.
For more detailed information about the event, visit the events section of the website.
Beeston to celebrate its first Food and Drink weekend
Beeston is hosting its first ever Food and Drink weekend to celebrate the extensive variety of food and drink experiences available from 16th to 18th November.
We have an array of pubs, restaurants, takeaways, cafes, bars and specialist food shops as well as greengrocers, fishmongers and butchers. What better way to showcase these fabulous establishments than by having an entire weekend dedicated to them!
Events include an International Food Market, Farmers Market, Nottingham Ales Festival as well as a number of events inside participating businesses.
For more information about individual events, please visit the events page of the website or download this event guide
“Hot Dog!” – New diner selects Beeston for location
A new diner has been established on Beeston High Road after its owners finally settled on Beeston for its location following months of exhaustive research.
Jerry’s Amusement Centre and Hot Dog House moved to the address having considered a range of others across Nottinghamshire but their market research indicated that Beeston was best-suited to their market of families and students.
Manager Rick O’Hare explains:
“Like any business we were keen to do a huge amount of research before opening any venue, especially in this economic climate. We considered a variety of different locations across the city and around the county but the signs kept pointing to Beeston. We knew there is a large student population in Beeston and we were keen to capture that but there is also still very much a family feel to the town centre and we appeal to them too so it was a great fit.
“I’d also read about the work of the Beeston BID in terms of how they are working with the local business community and that was encouraging because right now independent businesses are up against it so that support was always going to be welcome in terms of them being able to leverage greater resources for the smaller business. Business has already been brisk and we also look forward to seeing the impact of the returning students in September.
Stephanie Wilkinson, Beeston BID manager said:
“It is fantastic to see independent businesses like Jerry’s opening up on the High Road as it offers encouragement to shoppers and other retailers alike. Being pinpointed as a thriving location is very welcome and we hope to attract many more businesses to Beeston. The tram works are in full swing now and whilst they will undoubtedly cause disruption, the potential for the future is huge. I’m delighted that Rick and his team at Jerry’s have recognised that and established their diner here.
Local businesswoman Mel to star alongside Richard Briers
A Beeston businesswoman has been selected to star alongside Richard Briers in a new series of radio adverts for the Nottinghamshire town.
Mel Large, of The Fabric Place on Chilwell Road, was picked at random by Beeston BID to guest-star alongside the legendary Briers, who will play the part of “The Beekeeper” in the adverts which will run on Gem106FM from September through to December.
The adverts are designed to raise and maintain awareness of Beeston as a shopping destination full of independent shops in the run up to Christmas featuring the Beeston BID’s “Business As Usual” message.
Mel headed to the studios earlier this month with Beeston BID manager Stephanie Wilkinson to record her segment and found the experience fascinating. Mel said:
“When the BID team announced they were planning this latest campaign I thought it sounded really interesting and jumped at the opportunity to get involved. I'm really chuffed to be playing a part in driving Beeston's profile and the trip to the studio was absolutely fascinating. It isn't every day you can claim to be starring alongside Richard Briers!"
Despite the weather playing havoc with high street trading – national trends show a fall of 7.3% in footfall for July – Beeston continues to buck the trend, with footfall figures still rising. Beeston BID manager Stephanie Wilkinson believes initiatives such as the radio advertising and other creative marketing efforts are paying dividends.
“The outlook across the country may well be pretty bleak but we are determined to buck that trend and have done so on a consistent basis throughout the year. We have found that the key is leveraging national events such as the Jubilee and giving them a local twist. It is the same reason behind using Mel in our adverts. Richard Briers is a fantastic name with a wonderful and instantly recognisable voice but we want to bring out the local angle.
“We had a really good response from the levy payers to our call for a local ‘voice’ for the adverts which is testimony to how they are engaging with what we are trying to achieve here. If we all pull together, fantastic results are achievable.”
Nature and technology combine to give Beeston App-eal
Beeston is continuing to enjoy record footfall compared to the majority of the UK as schemes devised and funded by Beeston BID continue to help drive customers to the town.
Already home to the Midlands' first ever Touch screen information points, Beeston now has its own iPhone App and has just completed the installation of 175 floral displays throughout the town to add colour to the great British summer and the Beeston shopping experience.
Now, the combination of these
new initiatives and events such as the recent Beeston Carnival and a Jubilee
Tea Party in terms of the impact on visitor numbers has been recognised by an
independent body Springboard.
Springboard is a national
retail insights specialist and footfall tracker and after analysing
reports from sensors on Beeston High Road confirmed that the borough of
Broxtowe is bucking the national trend of declining footfall across the nation.
The area defied the wettest
June on record (since 1910) to show an increase of
6.2% footfall year-on-year whilst the pressure continues for the UK
high street (with footfall decreasing 5.5% year-on-year).
Stephanie Wilkinson, Beeston BID Manager said:
"We are really pleased to see that we are bucking the downward trend here is Beeston compared with the rest of the UK. We have a very low number of empty units compared to the national average and we will continue to work hard to keep it thats way. The hanging baskets initiative really adds colour to the area and the new App gives visitors and residents more opportunities to find out whats's on and what our various retailers and businesses can offer".
The new App can be downloaded from the iTunes store - just search under Beeston
Let's Go To Beeston iPhone App
The Let's Go to Beeston directory is now available as an iPhone App! Download the new App here, Beeston App.
“Business as usual” for Beeston barbers at Cutting Edge following relocation
A Beeston business undeterred by the disruption of the tram works has relocated "over the road" as it sees a bright future ahead once the dust has settled on Chilwell Road.
Cutting Edge Barbers has built up a loyal and substantial client base from its 71 Chilwell Road address but had to move with the times as the tram works got underway.
Thankfully, the team was able to act swiftly thanks to the support of friends, colleagues, fellow businesses and clients (including international rugby player Joe Gray) and has now re-opened just a few yards down Chilwell Road at 120, as manager Rich Williamson explains:
"There is no doubt that the tram is going to cause disruption but it is at times like these when you have to just roll your sleeves up and crack on with it. We didn't have much time to act once we knew we had to relocate but it was always on the cards and we are now looking ahead for when all the works are done and we can benefit from the extra business.
"We were very fortunate to have received so much help from fellow businesses such as Julie at Cameron House (who let us store our products in her stockroom) and tradesmen who have really gone the extra mile for us. It has helped us to relocate as swiftly and painlessly as possible and now it is all about the future. I'm on the board of the Beeston BID and we all see and hear everyone's concerns about the tram but as a town and as employers and business owners in Beeston we just need to pull together now and emerge stronger than ever."
Stephanie Wilkinson, Beeston BID manager said:
"Rich and James at Cutting Edge are a great example of the positivity needed to help us all to ride the rough times and disruption during the tram works and come out ahead of the pack and looking forwards to a brighter future for Beeston. The tram isn't going to go away but as we say here, it's 'Business As Usual' in Beeston."
The Cutting Edge team were joined by local rugby hero Joe Gray who currently plays for Harlequins and has just been called up to the England squad, to celebrate the opening of the new salon. Local boy Joe is still a regular at the Beeston barbers and pops in for a trim whenever his side are in the area.
Beeston's Lynda's Olympic community efforts rewarded
A Beeston resident who has played a major role in helping to develop and support the local community has been recognised for her efforts by carrying the Olympic torch as part of the national relay.
However, Lynda Lally barely has time to catch her breath from her torch run as tomorrow (14th July) Lynda will be in the midst of Beeston Carnival, an event that she helped to revive 6 years ago after a 40 year absence.
Lynda Lally has lived in Beeston all her life and for the past 14 years she has represented her area on the local council and has also been The Mayor. Lynda supports many of the community groups and organisations in Beeston, is a community champion at Beeston Tesco (where she promotes and raises money for voluntary and community groups) and she also finds time to sit on the board of Beeston BID.
Lynda said: "During my time as Mayor in 2005/6, I was invited to many carnivals and parades in the north of the borough and I was impressed with the way they brought together the community and promoted the local organisations that took part.
"Many local residents have fond memories of Beeston Carnival. It was an annual event for many years but then ceased for some unknown reason about forty years ago. So along with Pat (my husband) and other local councillors (Celia Berry, Frank Prince, Steve Barber, and local residents Eric and Enid Smith) we formed a small committee to look into getting it up and running again. Beeston Carnival and Parade were reborn on the 22nd July 2006 on a small budget of £250 granted by the Local Area Forum and by working with a lot of other partners, local businesses and community groups it has gone from strength to strength since."
Lynda carried the Olympic Torch through Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire as part of the relay team in front of crowds of over 20,000 but it is closer to home in Beeston where her efforts are truly recognised. Stephanie Wilkinson, manager of Beeston BID said:
"We're all delighted that Lynda has got this recognition as she works tirelessly for the Beeston community and she is a real asset to us here at Beeston BID. It is typical that Lynda would be rewarded by being part of a relay as she really is a team player, no more so than when it comes to her efforts within the community."
Beeston Based Company Triumphs at National Trade Association Awards Dinner in London
Outsource management specialists Woodside Management Services Ltd, were celebrating in London at the Trade Association Forum National Awards Dinner as they scooped the Commercial Initiative of the Year award for their client the Dental Laboratories Association.
This year the national Trade Association Forum Awards, which is backed by the CBI, was hosted by the motoring aficionado Quentin Wilson at the prestigious Plaisterers Hall in Central London.
Richard Daniels, Director for Woodside Management Services said 'the whole team at Woodside Management Services are delighted to have had our work recognised at a national level and by our peers in the trade association profession, it will be our fifth anniversary as a company next month so this award is a great recommendation that we are doing things right for our clients.'
Woodside Management Services Ltd are based in Beeston, Nottingham and are a one stop solution for businesses across the UK offering bookkeeping and accountancy services, marketing & graphic design services, event management as well as outsource management for professional and trade associations, social clubs and not for profit organisations.
James Whitehurst, Director for Woodside Management Services added 'it is great to have been given this award, particularly in such testing economic times. Outsourcing of services is becoming hugely popular so that companies don't have to take on the expense of employing staff to carry out projects or tasks that aren't core to their businesses, so to get national recognition should create a lot of interest for us and offer potential clients significant confidence in Woodside Management Services capabilities.'
To find out more on Woodside Management Services award winning night and the services they have on offer, visit www.wmsltd.co.uk
Beeston given right royal business boost as 90,000 visitors hit the high street during the Jubilee
The royal feel-good factor that is sweeping the nation reached fever-pitch in Beeston over the long bank holiday weekends, with official footfall figures showing that over 90,000 visitors were recorded on the town’s high street during the week and 20,000 on the Saturday of the celebrations alone.
Visitors flocked to the town to take part in the celebrations, culminating in a tea party in Broadgate Park arranged by Beeston BID in conjunction with Mason & Mason but there had been plenty to see and do throughout the week, with retailers and businesses of every kind joining the celebrations.
One retailer that was delighted to join in the fun was Onyx Goldsmiths, which donated a 9ct Gold Bangle with Onyx Goldsmiths’ special limited edition Jubilee hallmark in it as the first prize in a flag hunting competition that took place in shop windows across the town.
Sixty flags were hidden in shop windows throughout Beeston and the Gem Stars from Gem 106 helped people to take part in the hunt, issuing entry forms which were returned to the Onyx store at 99 High Road.
The happy winner was Mr Grahame Newton, a.k.a. “Tiger”, of Chilwell. Grahame has been a customer of Onyx for about 20 years and recalled the first time he called into the shop with a squashed sovereign ring he had accidentally run over.
Grahame wasn’t the only winner on the day either, with Coy Zho from class 3 at Alderman Pounder School winning £500 for his school through a colouring competition.
Stephanie Wilkinson, Beeston BID manager said:
“The celebrations have been a great success across the country and the county, especially with the royal party visiting Nottingham this week. We knew that we had seen a lot of visitors in the town and we were confident that the week would be a success but to have nearly 100,000 visitors in just one week is phenomenal.
“It really does show that despite the challenges of the weather, the economy and even the tram, it is business as usual here in Beeston. Our goal is to keep this momentum up now and to help all of the businesses in the town to enjoy a long and successful summer of trading.”
Beeston seeks the help of Mary Portas
Towns up and down the Country have been putting applications together for a slice of a £1 million pound fund available to create "Town Teams" and revive the Nations High Streets. Initiated by Queen of Shops Mary Portas, this fund will be available to 12 successful town centres.
The Beeston BID (Business Improvement District) board decided to put an appplication together with a message that although the tram is coming to the town, its is still "Business as usual" in Beeston.
Stephanie Wilkinson BID Manager said " It is really important that people understand that although the tram is being built, it doesnt mean that Beeston is shutting down. Many businesses, especially those on Chilwell Road are keen to get this message across and we thought that applying for this funding would help us to do that. There are lots of businesses in this town that are passionate about what they do and we want to keep it that way".
Projects include a hanging basket scheme, bespoke business training, a large "Business as usual" promotional campaign and a Beeston Smartphone App.
To view the video that was part of the application, please follow this link:
BEESTON’S RECORD FOOTFALL AS RETAIL
Christmas 2011 was a challenging one for retailers across the country but those in Beeston saw a record 118,000 people visiting the town centre.
Now, with the official launch of the new town centre touch screens by Beeston BID (Business Improvement District) which help shoppers to locate their favourite stores, it is hoped that the momentum can be maintained as crucial redevelopment begins.
The touch screens, which are the first of their kind in the Midlands, provide an interactive guide to the town centre, featuring local businesses and their offers and will act as a useful guide to help shoppers to navigate around the town, as well asenabling visitors to search for special offers and events.
They also provide an online presence for many businesses via this website www.letsgotobeeston.co.uk which works in tandem with the touch screens and are instantly updated by the Beeston BID team as soon as offers come in from the town's businesses.
The stainless steel touchscreens, normally seen in large shopping centres, have been placed at the busiest points in town, one on Stoney Street and one outside WH Smith and have been in testing mode over the busy festive season to iron out any bugs.
Stephanie Wilkinson, Beeston BID manager said:
"Beeston has such a diverse offering in terms of retailers and we have a huge range of independent shops here but it can be tricky for people that are less familiar with the town to find their way around. The touchscreens are an excellent way of putting those retailers on the map, connecting them to the shoppers in the town and giving them a greater presence."
"We are delighted by the footfall figures for December in what has been and will continue to be challenging trading conditions but we are committed to doing everything we can to help to keep Beeston buzzing. Any business that would like to know more about the touch screens and how best to leverage this exciting opportunity for their business should contact the BID office on 0115 871 2037 or by emailing me on Stephanie@beestonbid.org.
Beeston goes bananas for Fairtrade visit
Over 60 retailers and residents packed Beeston town hall at the beginning of March to learn more about Fairtrade from St Lucian banana farmer Moses Renee, as he in turn meet Beeston's thriving collection of Fairtrade businesses.
The day was part of the national Fairtrade Fortnight and having met Mayor of Broxtowe Jacky Williams, Moses took a tour of Beeston, visiting Beeston's Fairtrade outlets including:
Iguazu, Out of This World, Metro, The Flying Goose, Sainsbury's, Pot 'n' Kettle, Tesco, The Silver Tree, Co-operative and Belle & Jerome.
Beeston achieved Fairtrade Town status in 2009. The Fairtrade Towns scheme enables whole communities to show their support for the ideas behind Fairtrade, and to promote Fairtrade to local people. The Beeston steering group is made up of local residents and representatives from Broxtowe Borough Council, local businesses, supermarkets, churches and schools. It meets about once a month to plan ways to promote Fairtrade in Beeston.
Stephanie Wilkinson, manager of Beeston BID said:
"We had a great turnout here for the evening event with plenty of people eager to learn more about Fairtrade and how they can help, whether as a business or as a consumer. We have a lot of independent retailers in Beeston, many of which already use Fairtrade products so it was great for them to be able to talk to Moses. Perhaps some of the other businesses and residents will now also be more interested in Fairtrade and if they are we have the skills and resources to help them do just that with the Fairtrade Beeston team."
Beeston business wins “Employer of the Year” Award
Our very own Cast Hairdressing has been voted "Employer of the year" by the Nottingham Training Network at an awards ceremony at the East Midlands Conference Centre. Cast is located at 114-116 High Road, Beeston and has been running for nine years. Cathy, Andrew and Suzanne have built up a great customer base and are an important part of the Beeston community.
For more information about Cast and other businesses within the town, please refer to the Directory section of the website.
Community Covenant signed in Beeston
Beeston BID (representing businesses in Beeston) has shown its support to the local Armed Forces community by officially signing a Community Covenant pledge alongside representatives from the Broxtowe Borough Council,Broxtowe Borough Partnership, Voluntary Action Broxtowe and the Borough's civilian community.
The signing took place on Monday 9th January 2012 at the Town Hall, Beeston. Brigadier Andrew Williams, Commander 49 (E) Brigade, Chetwynd Barracks, Chilwell, together with representative from the services in Nottinghamshire and beyond, reciprocated on behalf of the Military.
The Armed Forces Community Covenant is part of a national initiative to promote greater understanding between its local Armed Forces and civilian communities.
It is hoped that the Covenant will provide an opportunity to build upon existing good work and other initiatives in the borough, such as the Heroes Welcome shop discount scheme in Beeston town centre.
NET on track to run two new tram lines
The project to build lines Two and Three of Nottingham's tram network is going ahead.
Following commercial and financial close and final Government sign-off, the contract has been awarded to Tramlink Nottingham, to take over the operation of the existing tram line (NET Line One) and to build and operate the extended network to Clifton via Wilford and Chilwell via Beeston (NET Phase Two).
A detailed construction programme is now being finalised and the first phase of construction work will start in January 2012. Services on the new lines are planned to start in late 2014.
Councillor Jane Urquhart, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Transportation at Nottingham City Council, the scheme's promoter, says: "After ten years in planning and development, alongside the innovation of the Workplace Parking Levy – our ambitious proposals to add two more lines to our tram network will now be realised.
"This is fantastic news for Nottingham. In these constrained financial and economic times it means a significant boost to the local economy, more jobs and better public transport for thousands of people."
Transport Minister, Norman Baker MP, says: "I am delighted that we are able to finally approve funding so that construction of Phase Two of the tram system can begin.
"Line One of the Nottingham tram has proved to be a great success in encouraging people onto public transport. These extensions provide the opportunity to build on that success, and give people in the south of Nottingham quicker, more convenient access to the city centre as well as providing an alternative means of accessing the city centre for people commuting by car.
"They will also help to regenerate sections of the city and support the Government's wider growth agenda by providing better access to local jobs, and our environmental priority of cutting carbon by encouraging modal shift."
"This good news follows on from the Government's recent announcement to fund the widening of the A453, which will feed into a 1000 space NET Park & Ride site on the edge of Clifton further speeding up people's journeys between the M1 and Nottingham."
The economic benefits the extended network will bring to Nottingham City, the county, and the wider East Midlands region will be to:
- Generate construction work opportunities for local companies and people, as well as stimulating the local economy to generate long term employment growth of up to 8,000 jobs and could boost the local economy by around £390m per year
- Provide access to about 1270 City workplaces, to which about 55,000 employees commute, and a further 600 workplaces in Beeston/Chilwell.
- Serve two of the three biggest employers in Greater Nottingham – The University of Nottingham and the Queens Medical Centre.
- Serve 20 of the 30 largest employers in Greater Nottingham, who will be within 800m of a tram stop.
- Help to create a first class transport interchange (‘the Hub'), at Nottingham Railway Station, which itself is receiving a £67 million redevelopment so that people can interchange between trams, trains, cycling, walking, taxis and cars.
Roger Harrison, Chairman of Tramlink Nottingham said: "We are delighted to be working with the City Council to help bring to fruition Nottingham's ambitious public transport plans. Our consortium, which includes some of the world's leading companies in the light rail and construction sectors, is excited by the prospect of developing the City's tram network and we are committed to providing an effective and efficient system of which the local community can be proud."
George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, says: "More than two-thirds of businesses in Nottingham support the extension of the tram network and the Chamber is delighted that the city has now reached this significant milestone, which will see new development and inward investment come to Nottingham, and help employees access key employment sites along the two new lines in 2014."
Councillor Jane Urquhart, continues: "The extension to Nottingham's tram network will reduce social exclusion and reduce congestion on key routes into Nottingham by serving all three Nottingham junctions of the M1."
NET Phase Two will be funded by Nottingham City Council, the Government, and through a combination of tram fare revenue and a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) arrangement over the life of the concession. The Government provides approximately 66% of the estimated £570m (net present value) cost (through the PFI) arrangement, and the remaining 34% coming from Nottingham City Council, mainly through the Workplace Parking Levy (WPL). The WPL is a charge on employers based in the city that provide 11 or more car parking places for employees.
Lucky shopper wins Christmas on Beeston!
Businesses in Beeston made Christmas very special for one lucky shopper in November. Working in partnership with radio station GEM 106, shoppers were asked to find clues around the town centre to be entered into a prize draw worth over £1,000. Many businesses kindly donated to the hamper which included things from a Christmas Tree to a photoshoot.GEM 106 also donated an iPAD 2 to the competition.
Winner Pauline Wootton from Toton was thrilled with her prizes and said that Christmas would be a lot easier this year!