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Our Hitchin News - January 2021

Our Hitchin News - January 2021

We are continuing with our projects and services to support businesses including our social media campaigns, cardboard recycling, ranger support, Hitchin Basket, and many other aspects of our business plan.

Although we are all under tight restrictions at the moment, we are busy putting plans in place to ensure our town is vibrant, clean, safe, well promoted and ready to welcome visitors back as soon as restrictions start to lift.

We have cautiously set dates for the 2021 events, started work on the tourism strategy and are putting various promotional plans in place to give Hitchin the best possible boost this year.
If you have any comment or suggestions on additional ways the BID can further support businesses during this time or after the restrictions have lifted, please do get in touch by emailing:

Tom Hardy - Town Centre Manager

New to Town
The Law Firm Group based in Hermitage Road,offer reliable, expert advice in areas such as property, family law, wills and probate, workplace law and litigation. The company is founded on the principles of outstanding legal expertise and the treatment of their clients as human beings. They pride themselves on getting to know their clients well and look to forge long-standing relationships.

Phone Tech are a mobile phone shop located on Bancroft, offering repairs, unlocking, buy, sell & exchange, accessories, and games.

Hitchin Osteopathy in Bridge Street offer Osteopathy, Medical Acupuncture, Sports Massage and Deep Tissue Massage. Their aim is to make your experience friendly and enjoyable while maintaining a high level of clinical care and professionalism.

N8 Health are a family Chiropractic practice owned and run by husband and wife team, Paul and Charlotte McCrossin based in Brand Street.

N8 is a play on words as Chiropractic is about creating the right conditions for the body to use it’s innate or inborn potential to heal and restore itself.

Their mission is to educate and empower the community towards living a healthier lifestyle; believing that everyone deserves to live their best life and are they are committed to helping you on your journey to achieve your version of optimal health.

Opening Soon
The Pear Tree, Hitchin’s new play café, will be open in Queen Street within the next few weeks. Children can play leaving adults free to relax and socialise while enjoying freshly made meals, cakes and hot drinks.

Cloud Nine Baby, is a baby and nursery retailer located on Bancroft.
They will provide a personalised shopping service for parents-to- be and new parents, baby gift lists and baby showers, with online shopping providing UK wide delivery.

Coffee & Cardboard Collections
Collections are continuing as normal in the town and as BID levy paying businesses you are entitled to have your cardboard and used coffee grounds collected for free.

Collections take place Monday to Friday 8am to 2pm.
If you would like to sign up to this service or need to amend your collections please contact Tim Farr on 07595 414578.

Discounted PPE
We have purchased a range of PPE and Covid-19 equipment in bulk for Hitchin Town Centre businesses.
All products are being sold at cost or at subsidised prices to ensure you are not overpaying for this. We also have various posters free of charge to display in your window.
Although the Information Centre is closed to the public, we are still open 6 days a week for businesses to collect this equipment. Please contact:

Hand Sanitiser 500ml 70% Alcohol - £5
• Hand Sanitiser 5L bottle - £45
• External social distancing floor stickers - £2
• Cotton washable facemasks - £25 (pack of 50)
• Anti-bacterial wipes - £3

Social Media Campaigns
We are working hard to promote as many businesses as possible during this time. Our social media campaigns are focusing on promoting products, services and eateries and how local residents can support businesses by online sales, click and collect, takeaways and deliveries.

Although we will be out in the town taking pictures and collating information online, please also send us as much information as possible along with pictures to:

Town Centre Rangers
The Rangers are working hard in the town centre 6 days a week dealing with a wide range of jobs to ensure the town is a clean and safe environment for visitors and businesses.
At the moment their focus is ensuring businesses are supported through this time and they have been tasked with collating information as part of our social media campaigns. If you need any assistance or would like to know more about these campaigns, please contact:

Events & Activities
We have cautiously set dates for some of the 2021 town centre events.
These are not only aimed at attracting footfall to the town centre but focusing on supporting the local businesses to ensure as many of you benefit from these activities as possible. As well as events, we are working on as series of promotions, speciality maps, trails and social media campaigns to ensure the town centre is a vibrant place to visit:

1st April
Bancroft Bunny Hunt
29th May
Churchgate and Market Day
1st—31st July
Hitchin Festival
3rd July
Sun Street and Bucklersbury Day
24th July
Hitchin Pride
3rd—26th August
Hitchin Beach
7th August
Hermitage Road Day
4th & 5th September
Hitchin FoodFest
25th September
Bancroft Day
9th October
Arcade Day
15th & 16th October
French Market
28th October
Hermitage Halloween Trail
20th November
Christmas Tree Light Switch On

Town Centre Tourism
At the beginning of 2020 we undertook extensive work on a Hitchin Tourism Strategy which we intend to continue in the coming months.
The work looked at improvements to how potential visitors discover the town, their journey to the town centre, their experience and return visits.
All areas will be looked at and we intend to launch a new tourism plan for spring/summer this year.
For more information on this please contact:

Graffiti & Flyposting

As part of our ‘Clean Town’ initiative, the Rangers have been taking down flyposting and removing graffiti across the town centre.
If you see any graffiti or flyposting, please report it to us and we will use our specialist equipment to remove it. Please contact:

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