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Romford BID determined to help businesses bounce back

PUBLISHED: 08:22 23 May 2020 | UPDATED: 08:22 23 May 2020

Julie Frost, director of Romford Business Improvement District.

Julie Frost, director of Romford Business Improvement District.

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The impact of Covid-19 has affected many businesses in Romford. Currently only a handful of essential retailers are trading.

Other businesses are working in new ways in which they are able to continue to trade and still helkeep their staff and customers safe.

Throughout the country these are tough times for the majority of retail and hospitality businesses, although as Romford Business Improvement District (BID) director I am determined Romford will bounce back with the enterprising spirit the town is so renowned for.

Romford BID is a not-for-profit, business-led and business-funded body formed to improve a defined commercial area. The Romford BID covers an area of approximately 700 businesses, of which 400+ contribute financially through their mandatory levy payments.

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This money is ringfenced so that it can be spent within the BID area on initiatives that have been agreed to in a formal business plan. Further details can be found on www.romfordbid.co.uk

I joined the Romford BID six weeks prior to lockdown and was working on opportunities to help create a town that stands out above the crowd and to realise its full potential as one of the leading town centres in the UK. We are committed to this vision now, more than ever.

Work is under way on a support plan for our BID members as they begin to redesign their businesses to meet the enhanced safety and security measures required in the post-pandemic business environment.

As a first step, during June our Town Ambassadors will be returning to work as the friendly face of the BID.

They will be on hand to assist shoppers and visitors with any questions they might have.


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