The Northwich Business Improvement District (BID) is leading on a recovery plan for the town centre to help Northwich and its businesses bounce back from the impacts of Covid-19.

Over the coming weeks the Northwich BID team will be engaging with partners, stakeholders, businesses and consumers to develop the plan which will focus on a number of key areas.

These include making visitors and customers feel safe, promoting and raising the profile of what Northwich has to offer and supporting businesses to become more sustainable and successful; an approach which the BID feels will give retailers and consumers the peace of mind, confidence and security to get Northwich up and running again when lockdown measures are eased.

The engagement will provide the BID with the information to develop a robust strategy that supports the community of Northwich.

On Monday 4th May, Northwich BID began their first in a series of video conferences with town centre businesses to gauge their thoughts on the current situation and hear how they think the town can move forward.

More of these sessions will take place in the coming weeks with the BID hoping to speak to as many people as possible, as this will help them understand the issues that businesses are going to face across a range of industries.

The Northwich BID’s recovery plan for the town follows on from the provision of in-depth Coronavirus business support for traders and will be bolstered by the launch of an online community campaign later on in May to bring businesses and consumers together and shine a spotlight on the teamwork and camaraderie that has been taking place despite Covid-19.

Speaking about the recovery plan, Northwich BID Manager Jane Hough said: “We’re working hard on this recovery plan with organisations, businesses, individuals and stakeholders from Northwich and beyond so that the town can be in a position to get back up and running when some form of normality resumes.

“We know that it’s going to be a different high street from the one before Covid-19 in terms of how consumers interact with shops, restaurants, offices, leisure venues and bars but we’re determined to work with our businesses to negate the impacts of Covid-19 as much as possible while ensuring that the safety of visitors and workers isn’t compromised.

“A collaborative, open and inclusive approach is the only way that Northwich as a whole can come out of the other side of this successfully and although it will be a massive challenge, we’re looking forward to working together with our businesses and partners to make it happen.”

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