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Bromley Town Centre News for Businesses
The team at Your Bromley is pleased to update you on what we’ve been doing for the town over the last month and what’s coming up. To follow is:
  • Bromley Business Awards – entries close 5.00 pm on 6 September
  • Midsummer Movies 8 – 10 August
  • Latest topics discussed at Advisory Group Meeting 
  • Operation Gemini in operation till 31 Aug
  • Licensing Partnership 3.00 till 4.30 on 17 September at O’Neills, East St
  • Retailers’ Security Meeting 9.55 am sharp till 11.00 on 25 September
  • Networking lunch, Friday 20 September, 12:00 – 2:30
  • Trick or Treat Trail 19 – 27 October
  • Aladdin themedChristmas lights switch on
  • Macmillan Coffee mornings
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Bromley Business Awards
The annual business awards for the Borough of Bromley are coming up, with the announcement of the award winners at a gala dinner on 7 November.  Entries are free and close at 5pm on 6th September.  This year Your Bromley is proud to be the Headline Sponsor, and we’ve negotiated  a brand new category – The Best of Bromley Town Centre. You can enter  that category and as many of the following categories as you like: 
  • Best business for training and development
  • Best green business
  • Innovator of the year
  • Best breakfast 
  • Best independent business
  • Employer of the year
  • Best new business
  • Best charity or social enterprise
  • Best entrepreneur of the year
  • Best business for customer service
  • Best business for social media and marketing
The winners will be announced at a gala dinner on Thursday 7 November.  Please visit the link below for application forms and further details.

Midsummer Movies
Over the course of three days 8-10 August, we ran nine movie screenings in Queen's Gardens attracting up to 1,000 people per movie. 
We were happy to see so many people turn up and stay for the movie despite heavy rain on the Friday and gusts of wind on the Saturday, and were very happy that so many businesses were able to take up the offer of free advertising on the screen, something we’d like to repeat in the future. We've had some great feedback from those who joined us, including some helpful feedback from local businesses. 

During this free moving screening, people were able to hire deckchairs with the money going to Bromley Community Fund and we can proudly say that this raised £1,385 for the charity.

If you would like to get involved in any of our future events, please contact us. 

Advisory Group Meeting
The last Advisory Group Meeting took place on 24th July at Churchill Theatre, where the following issues were discussed:
  • Street beggars and the assistance on offer, the joint patrols currently taking place and the difference they are making, and why Your Bromley is running a Loose change 4 Real change campaign
  • The street market and how it is impacting local businesses 
  • Our upcoming events and campaigns
  • Our Renewal Campaign 2020, when your vote is needed
If you would like to see a copy of the meeting minutes, please email us. 

The next Advisory Group Meeting will take place on Wednesday 23rd October 14.00 - 15.30. Venue TBC

Operation Gemini 
Additional police officers, funded by Your Bromley during peak periods are operating during the summer holidays.  During the first three weeks, they have recovered £4,359.00 of stock and returned it to businesses.  Primark, M&S, TK Maxx, Boots, Sainsbury’s, Debenhams, WH Smiths have all benefited.  The officers carry and respond to Shop Safe radio; the exercise continues to the end of August.  “If businesses can do only one thing to reduce theft for their store, I’d recommend getting a Shop Safe radio”, says Darren Springer of Mr Simms Bromley.  “I’m happy to chat with any business considering getting one”. 

Bromley Businesses Against Crime
Funded and managed by Your Bromley, these meetings provide an opportunity for businesses to protect their business against crime and to share ideas with each other, the police, council and CCTV Manager.
The Licensing Partnership meeting to be held at O’Neill’s, East St, 15.00 to 16.30hrs on 17 September, is for all businesses with a licence to sell alcohol or hot food late at night.  All Designated Premises Licence holders and/or their deputies are invited to meet with the Licensing Authorities and to discuss ways to make the town safer and learn about proactive measures you can take. Please RSVP here
The next Retailers’ Security meeting will be held at 9.55 am sharp till 11.00hrs on 25 September at Bromley Police Station, Mason’s Hill. We’ll be sharing reports of incidents and images to look out for, acknowledging the employee and business who has made the most difference to crime prevention over the latest two months and considering cases for exclusion.  Currently, three people have been excluded, with a fourth to follow when the letter has been served on him.  For details of who they are you’d need to log into DISC, the secure platform for businesses to share incident reports.  All businesses are welcome to join DISC, so if you would like to join please email us your details here.  Please RSVP here.

Networking Lunch
The sixth  in a series of networking lunches, part sponsored by Your Bromley for levy payers and organised the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) at Churchill Theatre restaurant, High St

Your Bromley BID members have a £5 discount reducing the charge, which includes a 3-course meal, to £15 per head

This month's guest speaker is Paul McCartney on “how business owners can create a business that runs itself ... even when they're not there!”  Most business owners, rightly or wrongly, don't believe others can do things in the way they do them. This can be overcome with the introduction of checklists and processes that ensure things are done in a certain way”.  .  If you’re interested in doing business with other local businesses, particularly micro-businesses, this networking lunch is for you; that’s why Your Bromley subsidises the charge for levy payers.  Almost all attendees have a chance to speak and everyone has the opportunity to connect with potential clients.

Date: Friday 20 September, 12:00 – 14:30hrs

Levy payers who are interested in being a guest speaker at a future event, or if there’s a topic you are particularly interested in, please contact the team at Your Bromley with your preferred topic.  

Aladdin Themed Christmas Light Switch On
We are excited to announce that this year's Christmas light switch-on on 17 November will be Aladdin themed. 
Why not get involved, either with costumes or even Aladdin themed decorations at Christmas time. As with all of our events, there is no obligation to get involved; but we would love it if you did. If you would like to get involved please email us. 
Halloween Trick or Treat Trail
This year's Trick or Treat Trail will run from 19th to 27th October.

As per last year, we will be asking businesses to support us by displaying one of our decorated skulls in their shop windows for the children to find. We are also planning some exciting additions to this year's trail, so if you would like to get involved please email us. 

Macmillan Coffee mornings
27 SEPT 2019
27th September is Macmillan Coffee Morning day and we’d like to promote all the Bromley businesses taking part around that day. 
If you’ve got something planned, please let us know by 21 September.  And keep an eye on Facebook and our website for ideas of where to go on these days if you simply want to take part.
Your Bromley,
202, One Elmfield Park
Bromley BR1 1LU
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