In response to feedback from businesses in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, PaddingtonNow BID Board of Directors has voted to write off three months of the annual BID Levy covering April, May and June 2020 to help our BID members through this difficult time.
Will Clayton, BID Chairman, Owner, Cork and Bottle Restaurant said:
‘The BID remains 100% committed to supporting businesses in Paddington and the Board has agreed to apply these measures in order to mitigate some of the effects brought on by the global pandemic.
Our community is suffering but as we continue to navigate through this crisis, the BID will play a crucial role in helping to rebuild our local economy.
The BID is uniquely placed to help our business community through the pandemic, providing that vital link between local business needs and Government bodies that can administer change.’
Businesses do not need to apply for this relief as all eligible BID Members will receive a credit notice from Westminster CC.
As the pandemic continues to reveal its twists and turns, the BID has worked to keep key services running smoothly. The Community Safety Team has continued to work throughout and essential recycling and rubbish removal services have remained in place. A 365 day greening contract which provides planters, troughs and hanging baskets throughout the area has also been maintained.
The BID has worked closely with Westminster, TfL, the Mayors Office, BIDs and other key stakeholders to provide the latest and most up to date and relevant information so that businesses can take advantage of government initiatives relevant to them.
Pavements have been widened to provide more space for those businesses that can provide out door seating, walking and cycling routes have been defined and promoted. Social distancing signage has been added to the area. The BID has supported the Eat Out to Help Out, Sight See Crowd Free, Because I’m a Londoner, Raise the Bar and National Time Out campaigns to help attract more people back in to London or to seek additional relief for our businesses.
The latest, adapted edition of Explore Paddington Magazine was distributed at the beginning of September and events that can abide by social distancing regulations are starting to be reintroduced.
The BID team are on hand to deal with any inquiries and concerns you may have in regards to operations such as recycling, anti-social behavior or other operational matters – please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org/wordpress