Rochdale BID continues to support local businesses
Date published: 01 April 2020
Photo: Rochdale Online
Paul Ambrose, BID Manager, and PCSO Nick McNeill at a BID event in 2019
The Rochdale Business Improvement District (BID) has stressed that it is committed to keeping town centre businesses informed on all aspects of coronavirus and its impact.
In a statement, Paul Ambrose, Rochdale BID Manager, said: “On a daily basis we are updating town centre businesses on the support which is available to them, and we have started to plan for how the town centre can recover from this outbreak.
“With so much of Rochdale town centre shut down, we wanted to reassure businesses that our core services remain in place. This includes liaising with GMP, businesses, the council and the CCTV team.
“However, as the situation continues to change on a daily basis and as we are operating with significant uncertainty, all aspects of our approach need to be continually reviewed in line with government policy.
“Rochdale BID is committed to ensuring that the needs of our businesses are heard by policy makers.
“We are in regular contact with the BID Foundation and the Association of Town Centre Managers (ATCM) to call for further measures to support our businesses. We welcome the business support measures which have been announced in the last few days, but also recognise more still needs to be done to support the needs of all town centre businesses.
“We will continue to ensure that politicians hear the challenges our businesses face in terms of financing, cash flow and staffing and will raise your business concerns with Westminster, the council and within the BID community.
“We particularly believe that Rochdale BID will be vital as part of the revival process once the coronavirus has lessened and the business community starts its recovery phase. BIDs are a key lever of fast change and support for government; they are business led and work closely with businesses.
“The BID team has already started to plan for the recovery phase and information will be shared with businesses in due course.”
Mr Ambrose added: “We will keep you informed on a regular basis as further developments happen, so please keep an eye on our website and social media platforms.”
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