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A word from the Chair


April turned out to be a funny month with Easter being later than last year and Cumbrian school holidays falling different to other parts of the country. That being said, it seemed to work in our favour as trade took advantage of 4 weeks of school holidays, coupled with some great weather and an influx of visitors to the region. Along with this we had a Bank Holiday and great May Day celebrations that not even the weather could dampen!

For the BID Board it’s been a quieter time than of recent, so we’ve used it wisely to plan ahead, sign off some plans and forge stronger working relationships in town. And of course run our own businesses over the Easter period!

Christmas Sparkle is forging ahead and the tender has been signed off. We will shortly be meeting and deciding on this years lighting designs.

We had a very positive meeting with Sainsbury’s at the start of May to discuss the New Squares development and their plans going forward. They showed a real desire to work with BID and the town businesses. Work has started to upgrade the look of New Squares – units are being cleaned and painted. They also acknowledged that in today’s retail climate they were disappointed in the lack of national businesses coming forward to fill the units, but we came away satisfied that New Squares is high on their agenda. We will be meeting with them regularly again in the future.

The Penrith Town Working Group met and we discussed new ways of working in the town across all organisations with the view of ‘getting things done’ quicker. We also started pooling thoughts about parking and what we can influence in town.

I believe we sit in a good place going into summer and hopefully a busy trading season.

Darren Broad, Chair, Penrith BID


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