Retford town centre

NORTH NOTTS BID SUPPORTS THE NIGHT-TIME ECONOMY

NORTH NOTTS BID is making significant investments to enhance the night-time experience in Worksop and Retford town centres.

Working in partnership with night-time economy (NTE) specialists Six Till Six, the BID is looking to devise and implement a strategy to help its hospitality sector recover post-pandemic.

Six Till Six was appointed by North Notts BID in February 2022 to develop business and consumer research programmes to evidence the needs from business owners and gauge public sentiment – undertaking surveys, interviews, overnight audits and secondary research. The Six Till Six team attended several meetings of the Pubwatch scheme, where managers of town centre venues regularly meet to share their concerns.

Sylvia Oates, chief executive of Six Till Six, said:

“We help bring together leisure and statutory partners to deliver a safer and more prosperous night-time economy, and are thrilled to have partnered with North Notts BID to deliver a review and help formulate its NTE strategy. The BID shows great ambition and we are positive that there is lots of potential for growth and expansion for new and existing businesses.

“We consider wellbeing, movement, appeal, place and policy to be the key determining factors for a successful NTE. We are analysing our research to inform the development of bespoke NTE strategies for Retford and Worksop, introducing new innovations and established sector support mechanisms such as training, positive policy development, compliance support, advice and technology.”

North Notts BID plans to roll out its strategy this year, with the action plan being implemented to prioritise short term needs while also considering the next five years.

Sally Gillborn, chief executive of North Notts BID, said:

“Leading into the BID’s second ballot, we conducted a comprehensive evaluation of North Notts’ night-time economy to help us establish priorities for the BID as it launches its second term, so that benefits can be felt by the existing community and also attract new people to the area.

“North Notts is an appealing destination with a great selection of bars, late night entertainment, food, retail, arts and culture, and well used public spaces. However, we recognise that issues such as limited public transport accessibility, inadequate street lighting and uncleanliness, for example, can detract from the night-time experience and dissuade people from choosing to stay out late.

“The BID will put into place measures to address these issues to ensure that our towns are as attractive, safe and accessible as possible. This will help to increase evening footfall and support our hospitality venues with people eating, drinking and generally spending locally.”

North Notts BID is in dialogue with the local authority and businesses through initiatives, including Pubwatch, on the feasibility of implementations to enhance appeal and drive footfall at night-time to Retford and Worksop high streets.

Sally added:

“We look forward to finalising our strategy and putting the plans into action, which will help Retford and Worksop build thriving night-time economies that will help to increase footfall.”

For more information about North Notts BID, visit www.northnottsbid.co.uk. For more information about Six till Six, visit www.sixtillsix.com.

Posted on 19 January 2023

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