The recent news that Sheffield and wider South Yorkshire towns are classified as High Risk by the Government’s local COVID alert level has ushered in fresh restrictions. These are intended to reduce the risk of transmission but in doing so will likely further reduce commercial activity that will impact on the very organisations that bring life and joy to our city centre and the livelihoods that underpin their operation.Read More
Sheffield BID has been a major contributor to creating a vibrant city centre for the last five years. When COVID-19 struck, like many businesses we had to adapt quickly to remain fully operational on limited funding, providing continuity and assurance to businesses still trading.Read More
THE BEARS OF SHEFFIELD
The Bears of Sheffield sculpture trail will take place in summer 2021.
This annual Gala Business & Fashion Dinner will see high street retailers, independent, vintage and luxury brands take part in a high energy fashion show in 2021.
The outdoor climbing festival Cliffhanger is always free and accessible to all, attracting over 40,000 people each year.
FRINGE AT TRAMLINES
The Fringe at Tramlines creates a vibrant festival atmosphere in Sheffield city centre alongside the main festival at Hillsborough. Fringe at Tramlines attracts over 70,000 every year.
At Christmas Sheffield BID creates a magical experience for families to enjoy. Our illuminated Santa Claus and Brearley Bear light up the city centre, creating festive photo opportunities and lots of memories.
SANTA'S POST OFFICE
Santa’s Post Office has attracted 15,000 visitors each Christmas since we launched the interactive experience in 2017.
Our regular visitor guides are designed to encourage people to experience the city centre, explore different parts and discover hidden gems and unique stories.
16 artistic Feature Walls across the centre made possible by support from The Arts Council England, Sheffield BID and University of Sheffield (2016).
THE HERD OF SHEFFIELD
Sheffield BID was supporting partner to The Herd of Sheffield sculpture trail which generated over 180,000 additional visitors.
Alive After Five ... we help partners such as Millennium Gallery open up to evening visitors for nights of exploration, interaction, music and fun.
We have been a regular sponsor of ReNew Sheffield, bringing arts-based business to vacant units and commercial spaces.
From BBC Music Day to Classical Sheffield, the BID has sponsored a diverse range of outdoor musical events.
SOFT REBELLION IN PARADISE
During times of change, arts and culture are perfect vehicles to engage people in important conversations about citizenship, heritage and local identity.
SEASONAL POP UP
Our seasonal pop up acts as a live city guide to what's on at different times of the year.
Our Welcome Team assist visitors, keep businesses informed and act as our “eyes and ears” on the street, reporting environmental issues and anti-social behaviour.
A free graffiti removal service is available to BID Levy Payers. We help with security reviews, graffiti-vandalism advice and assist with prevention measures.
Our Clean Team provides a cleansing and sanitation service, checking locations in the city which are regularly subject to rough sleeper detritus and hazardous waste.
BUSINESS CRIME PARTNERSHIP
The business crime radio network was upgraded to digital with state-of-the-art handsets thanks to funding from Sheffield BID.
The BID operates several high-tech mobile cameras to monitor areas that experience higher incidences of anti-social behaviour.
Body worn cameras, Knife wands and Smart Water initiatives have been introduced to disrupt ASB and criminality from alcohol-related disorder to knife-enabled crime.
When the city closed because of Coronavirus, we introduced a roaming BID security team to help monitor our levy payers’ premises and buildings 7 nights a week, midnight to 6am.
Our Clean Team provides supported employment that gives on-the-job training to people who were once rough sleepers themselves.
Sheffield city centre has more outdoor defibrillators (13) than any other UK city thanks to Sheffield BID's PulsePoints initiative, in partnership with Westfield Health Charitable Trust and the Yorkshire Ambulance Service.
ROUGH SLEEPER PATROL
Through our partnership with South Yorkshire Police, we have access to a discretionary rough sleeper patrol to check on the welfare of individuals and limit the impact of vagrancy to retailers opening for business.
BEST BAR NONE
Sheffield's Best Bar None accreditation and awards scheme contributes to a reduction in alcohol related disorder and helps to boost the city's evening economy.
Since 2015 Sheffield BID has supported partners in maintaining Purple Flag status which recognises the city centre as a safe and entertaining night out.
CITY CENTRE AMBASSADORS
We added two additional posts to the Council's city centre ambassador team.
BID POLICE SERGEANT
Funding an additional police post ensured Sheffield BID had access to a first-line Police supervisor to facilitate tasking of police resources.
BID SPRING CLEAN
Each year we tackle the grot spots with an annual Spring Clean including a volunteer litter pick.
SHEFFIELD RETAIL AWARDS
The annual awards create a sense of pride in the city, recognising the hard work of shops and cafes.
The Lavatory & Ablution Venue Scheme (LAVS) is a community toilet initiative that permits anyone to use the toilets of participating premises whether they are a paying customer or not, providing access to clean, safe, accessible toilets in convenient locations.
We are at the heart of the city, located on the high street to support local businesses and visitors.
To ensure you have up to date access to COVID-19 business support, the Government has created a dedicated website which hosts all the details of the schemes that have been announced to date. Coronavirus Business support: https://bit.ly/BizSupportSite. The application form for business grants is online at http://www.sheffield.gov.uk/coronavirus-business
HMRC is delivering a programme of webinars on measures to support employers, employees and the self-employed through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19. You can watch a video of the first recorded webinar and register for future webinars using the link below: bit.ly/HMRCWebinar
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