Live Well in Purley
How is the year going so far? So The week of Monday 16th January is meant to be the worst week of the year. After all the excitement of Christmas and new year with all the food, presents and family we all come down to earth with a bump.
That diet is not going so well, all those good intentions and new years resolutions are starting to fall apart and dry January may already have become a little wet.
Well we at Purley BID are looking to turn that around.
We have a year long campaign to Live Well in Purley. Every couple of months we have a new campaign to help us all live well. Following Guidelines from NHS and with support of Mind in Croydon we are living the five steps to mental well being with 5 bimonthly campaigns
Be active for January and February
Lets get rid of those extra Christmas lbs, walk into work, take up cycling, swim or join the gym. #beActiveinPurley
Take Notice for March and April
Take notice of Purley. We will be running both a Photography campaign and Don’t mess with Purley to clean up the town.
Learn in July and August
School may be out, but this could be the perfect time to learn a new skill, from pottery, and new language or just juggling let’s improve our talents
Give in September and October
This will be our time for charity, not just looking for money but also your time, give your time to helping others. We shall also be working with South East Cancer Help Center to Paint Purley Purple, this year we are really going to go to town
Connect November and December
Time to connect, the party season may well be on us, but not everyone has someone to talk to, so let’s take time to connect01/17/2017Business Engagement, Cleaner & Greener, Perception & Image, Safer streets
We are now hiring for Street Ambassadors
Purley Business Improvement District is a not for profit company led by local businesses. Their objective is to create a more active community and support local businesses on issues of concern. Purley BID team is looking for street ambassadors to be the key link between the business community and the BID Company.
Job title Street Ambassador
Reports to Purley BID delivery team
Responsible for Delivery of Business Improvement District
Main respon sibilities:
• To inform businesses on BID initiatives and projects;
• To develop and maintain relationships with businesses and promote the sharing of information across the BID area;
• To assist and support the BID Management Team with activities such as events, meetings and crime reduction initiatives;
• To understand the flow of information and what messages should appropriately be given out to businesses.
• To monitor the street environment and ensure that paving and street furniture is reported if defective; Flyposting or Fly tipping is photographed and dealt with immediately or reported to the relevant departments within the Council for removal;
• To patrol in and around the designated BID area on a weekly basis;
• To be alert to and where possible, deter anti-social behaviour in the area, reporting cases where necessary;
• To identify and move on beggars in the area and inform the Police;
• To identify rough sleepers and inform relevant agencies;
• To maintain appropriate records and to communicate and liaise with the appropriate BID staff promptly;
• Ensure that the correct uniform is worn at all times whilst on duty;
• Any other duties commensurate with the level of the post as may over time become necessary.
• Educated to GCSE/O-Level
• Positive, enthusiastic self-starter
• Experience of building relationships with key stakeholders within the community;
• Experience of handling challenging situations;
• An understanding of Business Improvement Districts;
• To have an understanding of the diversity and culture within the local area;
• Understanding of Health & Safety Legislation.
• Confident in handling sensitive situations on an individual or group basis;
• Able to inspire and attract business member involvement in the BID and the services the BID offers;
• Excellent communication skills; both written and verbal;
• The ability to display tact, diplomacy with good negotiation;
• Willingness to do walkabouts throughout the local area as required;
• Good Team Player
Salary: £7.20 per hour, up to 10 hours per week
The Ambassador role will be trialled for 6 months. If successful, after review, the Ambassador role will be planned to run for the term of the BID through to February 2021.
The contract with the successful candidates will be reviewed annually from the start date with 1-month notice period either way.
Applications to be submitted to Admin@inpurley.london by 13th September 2016Download Job Specification
Purley BIDding for £1m investment
Purley looks to benefit from £1m investment if Tory Mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith gets elected in on the May 5th Poll.
Zac Goldsmith visited Purley again on Monday afternoon to pledge his support for the town. In his latest visit he announced a £20m greater London fund with £1m being earmarked for developing Purley.
These improvements are supported by research performed by the newly formed Purley BID highlighting areas of improvement required the regenerate the town. Purley BID has been lobbying local GLA Councilor Steve O’Connell to look for much needed investment in the area.
One of the key areas for investment would be improving the parking in Purley. “We currently have adequate spare parking spaces in the multi-story car park for short term visitors, however the unhygienic stairwells and decommissioned lifts deter a significant amount of visitors to Purley” said Simon Cripps CEO of Purley BID. He continued “for mothers with pushchairs and toddlers or for anyone with mobility issues the car park is now effectively out of bounds. The investment required to recommission the lifts is outside the scope of the Purley BID and requires support from Council or Local government. We really welcome the support of Zac and his team realizing the importance of investing in Purley”.
This announcement was made by the Conservative hopeful in Lupita Coffee House after a town walk about on Monday afternoon. Owner of Lupita and BID Chairman welcomed the news “This is great news for Purley and shows that within only a couple of months the BID is being heard and making a positive difference. “
GLA Assembly member for Croydon and Sutton councilor Steve O’Connell threw in -his support for this new proposal stating “This investment pledge from Zac will help regenerate Purley. This is a great town that has been neglected, we must invest now to prevent any further decline and as GLA member I fully support this great initiative.”
To add your views to what improvements would help Purley take part in the online pols on the Purley BID home page PurleyBID.co.uk (or https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/pbibmarketing16) . Elections for London Mayor and London Assembly members take place of 5th May.
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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Simon Cripps at 020 3137 1826 or email at simon@Purleybid.co.uk.04/18/2016Accessibility & Parking, Business Engagement, Cleaner & Greener, Safer streets
Purley’s People Power
Purley Businesses have overwhelmingly voted in favour of establishing a Business improvement District (BID) in the town. This is after an 18 month campaign set up by the Purley Business Association to create a BID to help improve Purley.
The Purley BID scheme has successfully been voted in, the requirement was to meet 2 criteria to get greater than 50% of the voters in favour and 50% of the rateable value to agree to setting up a BID. This target was significantly exceeded with an 87.5% in favour and 94.9% of the rateable value. Their aim is to improve Purley for businesses and those who are visiting, making Purley more attractive and a better place to do business.
A BID is formed to improve the business interest of a specific area by investing in services, projects and events, it is both business-led and businesses funded. The Purley BID will be funded by a levy equivalent to 2% of the current business rates and looks to create a huge income for Investment of £130,000 per year. The Purley Business Association decided over a year ago to try to establish ‘Purley BID’ on the basis to improve Purley. Members of the Purley BID have included Lupita Coffee House owner Marlon Johnson (BID Chairman) and Smart Cow Marketing’s Simon Cripps (BID CEO).
The Purley BID have focused on specific areas in which they want to improve being “visons” of Parking & Accessibility, Image & Marketing, Cleaner & Greener, Safer Streets and Business Engagement. Now, with the Purley BID given the YES vote, the £130,000 generated from the businesses levy, will be distributed effectively to each of the Visions.
The delivery is for services above and beyond those provided by Croydon Council and much negotiating has taken place to establish the baseline agreement for services to Purley.
Simon Brew, Conservative councillor for Purley Ward gave his insight into the recent news: "We are absolutely delighted to hear the good news that the businesses of Purley have decided to vote for this scheme. It will deliver improvements, innovative services and events to the heart of this important district centre” GLA Member Steve O’Connell added that he was looking forward to see the BIDs plans that ” Purley becomes more of a destination, attracting greater footfall and so more trade for existing businesses, as well as attracting some new businesses.”
As well as the overwhelming support from the business community Tony Newman, Leader of Croydon Council stated “It is very encouraging to see the third BID established in Croydon, the council are really keen to see these initiatives succeed and will work together with Purley BID to make this a success and to ensure Croydon is a great place to do business”. Cabinet member for Economy and Jobs Toni Letts added “We look forward to working with Purley BID to ensure that the town is a real choice for businesses serving the local community, encouraging improved community cohesion, higher football and a great place where people want to live, shop and work. “
The BID now has a 5 year mandated to deliver improvements to Purley, Marlon Johnson, owner of Lupita Coffee House on the High Street and Chairman of the Purley BID said “This is exactly what Purley needs, this town is constantly changing and the next 5 years will also see many changes within Purley and Croydon that will significantly alter the economy of the town. We need this BID to ensure that Purley is on the front step of dealing with current and new challenges”.
Now the ballot has overwhelmingly voted in favour, the BID plans to take effect from 1st February 2016, BID Manager Simon Cripps has been outlining the way ahead. “between now and the start in February, we need to finalise the membership of the BID board. Essentially we are looking for representation for all business types and locations in Purley to ensure a fair distribution of funds and welcome local businesses to step forward. Once established we have many initiative planned, however need to take stock to see what can be delivered in the most cost effective and beneficial method for the businesses of Purley.”
Breaking away from parliamentary work in London Croydon South MP Chris Philp, returned to Purley for the announcement of the Ballot. Chris stated that “as a big supporter of Purley BID I am extremely pleased to see the ballot return with such a significant mandate. It has been a lot of hard work to get to this, point putting forward the case to both the small business such as the hairdressers all the way to Tesco. I am very pleased that Purley has embraced this initiative and look forward to seeing the benefits unfold.”
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11/23/2015Accessibility & Parking, Business Engagement, Cleaner & Greener, Perception & Image, Safer streets
If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Simon Cripps at 020 3137 1826 or email at simon@purleyBID.co.uk
PURLEY’S REGENERATION ‘BID’ GETS COUNCIL BACKING
Purley’s bold plan to become a better place to live, work and shop have taken a huge leap forward with Croydon Council’s decision to back plans for a local Business Improvement District (BID).
“This is great news,” said BID driving force and Purley Business Association (PBA) Chair Simon Cripps, “now we can ask local businesses to vote for a regeneration initiative that will see something like £160,000 a year invested in street cleaning, parking, policing and much more. This will be something that benefits everyone and businesses will be in the driving seat.”
Croydon Council’s Cabinet decision on Monday night (21 September) comes after a number of prominent local politicians had already backed the BID.
Purley BID supporters include Croydon South MP Chris Philp, Croydon Council Leader Tony Newman, local Councillors Steve O’Connell and Simon Brew and Croydon’s Cabinet member for economy and jobs, Councillor Toni Letts. She said, “We want to ensure that our district centres such as Purley, are able to directly benefit from the economic growth generated by the multibillion regeneration of Croydon’s metropolitan centre.
“A Purley BID will give a strong voice to businesses in Purley and significantly strengthen the impact of regeneration in the area. We want to see Purley given the greatest opportunity to unlock its potential.”
Local businesses will start voting on 15 October with polls closing on 15 November. Results will be announced on 18 November and, if at least 51 percent vote ‘yes’, the BID will be launched on 1 February next year.
The initiative will be funded by a two per cent levy on businesses in the BID area, mostly the CR8 2 postcode, based on their rateable value. Other improvements planned will include better signposting and an advertising and marketing campaign to attract shoppers.
Businesses paying the levy, those with a rateable value over £8,000, will decide exactly how the money is invested. The aim is to tackle five areas of concern in Purley: access, perception and image, cleaner and greener, business engagement and safety and security.
PBA also wants to organise annual events, such as a 'business of the month' award ceremony, food and fashion weeks, and street markets.
Purley Bid gets investment support from GLA
After 2 years work the Purley Business association has secure GLA funding to support it plan to become a Buinsess Improvement District. The feedback we recieved was that the Proposal was very comprehensive for the size of townh that we represent. This Grant from the GLA of almost £25,000 with be combined with £10,000 loan from the British BIDs and a further £20,000 of in Kind investment to deliver a Campaign to Create Purley BID.03/02/2015Accessibility & Parking, Business Engagement, Cleaner & Greener, Perception & Image, Safer streets