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News from BID: February Update


It’s been a great start to the year here at BID H.Q., with lots of wonderful feedback about Penrith Sparkle and in particular the three Sparkle Angels who graced our town centre during the festive season. We hope you had a good trading season – reports so far have indicated that Christmas trading started later this year, but overall most reports from town traders are positive.

 V.E. Day: For 2020, the events calendar will look a little different, with the different Bank Holiday in May to support V.E. Day.  The traditional Penrith Monday May Day will not take place this year. Instead, the nation will be joining together on Friday 8th May 2020 to celebrate May Day and also the 75th Anniversary of VE Day – and Penrith will be stepping back in time 80 years to mark the event with. Penrith Town Council, with support from the Lions club and other stakeholders are planning a fantastic Bank Holiday of 1940’s entertainment and remembrance.  Please see the attached letter for full details of how you and your business can get involved. BID Letter VE Day Weekend Event 2020

Penrith in Bloom: The seeds have already germinated, and plans are afoot for Penrith in Bloom. Thank you to all the businesses who have already pre-ordered hanging baskets.  If you would like a basket for this summer please drop us an email with your details.  Baskets are the same price as last year – £49.95 +VAT each. (£65 if you need a bracket installing).  We also offer sponsorship of the magnificent floral planters in the centre of town. For £175 +VAT your planter will have seasonal flowers and will display your logo for twelve months, showing the town that you take Pride in Penrith.  Again, please just get in touch if you’d like more information.

Become a Director:  We are looking to recruit directors to join the BID Board.

What do I get from being a BID Volunteer Director? The opportunity to be involved in decision making about the town I live in. The opportunity to help with strategic thinking to help make better more collaborative decisions for Penrith.”

“I have loved being involved in the BID board.  It is great to be able to have a say on how the money is spent but also very rewarding to be involved in some fantastic projects/events that couldn’t happen without the BID and the volunteers on the board.  The regular contact with other local business owners means I am much more up to date with what is going on in the town.”

The Board is comprised of representatives from a cross-section of levy-paying business and representatives of the local councils. It’s a voluntary role, and meetings take place on the third Wednesday of the month, commencing at 5.30pm.  If you are interested in finding out more information about BID or about becoming a director please contact our BID Administrator/Manager, Philippa.

Keeping in Touch: Please keep an eye on our websites: and to find out the latest news, or follow Discover Penrith on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

All the best

The Penrith BID Team



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