Our Colchester

This page is dedicated to the latest news on projects and campaigns from the Our Colchester Business Improvement District (BID).

OUR COLCHESTER BID APPOINTS SAVILLS UK TO SUPPORT THE CREATION OF COLCHESTER RETAIL VISION

08.04.2022

The Colchester Retail Forum was launched in October 2021 to bring together town centre retailers (both national and regional) including Primark, H&M, TKMaxx, Fenwick, Lush, and River Island amongst others. The Colchester Retail Forum aims to support businesses with general retail performance initiatives, training, crime prevention, READ MORE.

Our Colchester BID opens applications for the Create Fund

Our Colchester Business Improvement District (BID) has launched the application process for the March 2022 Create Fund initiative. The BID is welcoming applications from organisations looking for help in funding for projects and initiatives that will increase footfall and interest within the town centre.

Previous projects that have had funding from the Create Fund include the Anti-Loo Roll Festival, Colchester Pride, Interactive storytelling performances from Funnelwick Limb, Colchester Fringe, Colchester Eco Festival and many more. READ MORE

Lighting The Lanes

01.02.2022

An exciting new project is coming to the independent streets in Colchester. 377m of festoon lighting will be installed along Sir Isaacs Walk, Eld Lane, and Short Wyre Street. The lighting comes as a result of a survey commissioned by Our Colchester Business Improvement District (BID) in 2020 that looked at street dressing and how to highlight the strength of the independent businesses in Colchester. The festoon lighting will highlight Eld Lane, Sir Isaacs Walk and Short Wyre Street as shopping destinations and provide additional lighting during darker periods. READ MORE...

Our Colchester BID launches the Colchester Town Centre Business Awards 2022

26.01.2022

Do you know a business that has gone above and beyond, and deserves recognition from the business community? Our Colchester Business Improvement District (BID) have launched a brand-new business award to celebrate business excellence in Colchester town centre.

You can nominate your favourite businesses to be in for the chance to win one of 13 awards including Best New Business, Best Employer, and the Service Excellence award. If you know a person who has gone above and beyond in their work, they can be nominated for specific awards too including Businessperson of the Year and Leader of the Year... READ MORE

Our Colchester BID launches exciting new Street Stories campaign

24.01.2022

 Calling all local artists to get involved with an exciting new community project ‘Street Stories Colchester’ which will be launched in May 2022.

Our Colchester are working on a spectacular new vacant units community project called ’Street Stories’. The concept has been designed to improve the appearance of empty shops by large scale artwork installations across the city centre. To further enhance these pieces of art, there will be an interactive Augmented Reality (AR) twist and each piece of art will be brought to life as an immersive multi-sensory experience which will be triggered by a free downloadable smartphone app.

 Street Stories is a creative and innovative project which will help to highlight commercial space, create an attractive environment and give residents and visitors an insight into Colchester’s rich heritage. The trail will launch at a critical time in the... READ MORE

Our Colchester BID Backs Business Booster Campaign

20.12.2021

Our Colchester BID is backing the #BusinessBooster campaign, calling on the Government to provide additional measures and support for businesses as stricter Covid-19 measures have already caused large issues for many businesses.

The #BusinessBooster campaign is supported by BIDs countrywide in association with Croydon BID and its partners British BIDs, BID Foundation, Association of Town & City Management, Night Time Industries... READ MORE

ARTIST DESIGN FOR EXCITING NEW WAYFINDING ARTWORK RELEASED - Sir Isaacs Walk

17.11.21

Our Colchester BID is asking residents for their views on an exciting new artist designed wayfinding artwork on the junction of Head Street and Sir Isaac’s Walk in the town centre.

An online survey will be open from Wednesday 17th November 2021 until Wednesday 24th November. Residents will have the opportunity to see initial proposals for the piece, which forms part of a wider strategy by the BID and Colchester Borough Council to make improvements to the town centre and support local independent businesses, particularly in the wake of the Covid 19 pandemic... READ MORE

ARTIST DESIGN FOR EXCITING NEW WAYFINDING ARTWORK RELEASED

13.10.21

Our Colchester Business Improvement District (BID) is asking residents for their views on an exciting new artist designed wayfinding artwork on the junction of Short Wyre St and Queen St/St Botolph’s St in the town centre.

An online survey will be open from Thursday 14th October 2021 until Thursday 28th October 2021. Residents will have the opportunity to see initial proposals for the piece, which forms part of a wider strategy by the BID and Colchester Borough Council to make improvements to the town centre and support local independent businesses, particularly in the wake.. READ MORE

Parklets installed on the high street

23.09.21

Parklets and Greenery Installed on the high street. 

A new installation of parklets has happened on Colchester high street this week in four locations. This new initiative has been led by Our Colchester Business Improvement District (BID) in collaboration with Colchester Borough Council and Essex County Council creating additional green space and public seating in the heart of the town centre.As a result of the pandemic, a need was seen for a greater variety of outdoor seating in the town centre. The installation of parklets aims to produce many positive benefits to the public and visitors in Colchester. Increased greenery and planting will feature within the parklets furthering the BIDs... READ MORE

BID REVEALS COLCHESTER GIFT CARD DESIGN

24.06.21

Our Colchester BID reveals the design for the Colchester Gift Card

Our Colchester Business Improvement District (BID) are launching The Colchester Gift Card in collaboration with Town and City Gift Card in late summer this year as part of the town centre recovery plan. Recently the BID launched a tender for local creatives to submit designs for the gift card making sure that the design was strongly linked to the town centre. Local design firm Digital Reflow submitted the winning design which shows iconic town centre buildings including the Town Hall, Castle, Firstsite and the Jumbo in bright colours celebrating both the new and old heritage of the town... READ MORE

Colchester Town centre on the rise

04.06.21

Our Colchester BID appoints Leisure Advisor as part of the creation of the Covid-19 Leisure Recovery Strategy for Colchester Town Centre.

Nationally throughout the pandemic businesses have suffered billions of pounds in losses and uncertainties surrounding lockdowns have created extra hardship for business owners and their employees. However, Colchester town centre has proven resilient during this time. Despite some large name closures, since March 2020 Colchester town centre has seen a wide range of new businesses opening in the town centre. Including Victoria Yum Cake, Home Kitchen Eco, The Cake Box, Kintsu, Cuckoo Dough, Sir Isaacs Artisan Coffee and more. From the beginning of Our Colchester Business Improvement District's (BID) term the team have been monitoring and running a vacant unit survey throughout the BID zone. READ MORE

OUR Colchester BID APPOINTS SIX TILL SIX DIRECTOR Sylvia Oates AS THE LEISURE RECOVERY ADVISOR.

18.05.21

Our Colchester BID appoints Leisure Advisor as part of the creation of the Covid-19 Leisure Recovery Strategy for Colchester Town Centre.

The Leisure Recovery Strategy is a dynamic strategy to help support the leisure sectors recovery from the effects of the pandemic in Colchester. A Leisure Recovery Board, consisting of representatives from Food and Beverage, late night, and accommodation businesses in the town centre, has been brought together by Our Colchester BID to work collaboratively towards a recovery strategy for the sector. As part of this an independent advisor, Sylvia Oates from Six Till Six, has been appointed to help lead the development of the Recovery Strategy, conduct research, and guide the Leisure Recovery Board. READ MORE 

OUR COLCHESTER BID ASKS LOCAL CREATIVES TO SUBMIT DESIGNS FOR THE NEW COLCHESTER GIFT CARD.

12.05.21

Our Colchester BID has launched the tender for Colchester creatives to submit their ideas for the new Colchester gift card.

The gift card is set to launch in early August this year and will be available to spend in participating businesses throughout the town centre. Working with the Town and City Gift Card from Miconex, it has been shown that local gift cards bring an extra 65% spend on top of the gifted amount and the current gift card market is worth £7 billion.The BID is looking to work with a local artist or organisation who will produce an iconic design with clear branding for the Colchester Gift Card. Colchester has a rich offering of heritage, arts and culture, and a wide variety of businesses in the town centre. The design for the card will need to represent the wide offering and recognisable town centre. READ MORE

Our Colchester BID awards the covid-19 recovery fund  

Our Colchester Business Improvement District (BID) opened the first Covid-19 Recovery Fund for applications in March 2021. The funding was adapted from the previously available Create Fund with the new aim of supporting events and projects which would help town centre recovery after the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The scheme received a large amount of interest from local businesses and charitable organisations. We are pleased to announce following a panel review, nine events and initiatives have received funding from the BIDs Covid-19 Recovery Fund. 

To read more CLICK HERE.

Our Colchester BID publishes the april 2021 quarterly newsletter  

The BID has just released the April 2021 quarterly newsletter for members, the newsletter includes projects the BID are running alongside a look back at Christmas and the Welcome Back Colchester campaign. 

You can read the latest newsletter by CLICKING HERE.

Our Colchester BID launches collaborative board to guide recovery of the hard-hit leisure sector.  

Our Colchester Business Improvement District (BID) is launching the Leisure Recovery Board, a group of 25 stakeholders, to produce a focused and dynamic recovery strategy for Colchester leisure businesses. 

The leisure sector across the UK has lost on average £90m a week. From severe restrictions and lack of funding pubs, eateries, cinemas, and theatres, all within the leisure sector, are estimated to be over a year behind in recovery from the effects of the pandemic. As other sectors within the town centre move into the recovery stage of the BIDs’ 4 stage Covid-19 Recovery Framework, the Leisure sector is still facing the crisis stage and likely has a long journey of recovery ahead... READ MORE

pavement policy - Our Colchester Q&A with Colchester Borough Council -

The BID spoke with Colchester Borough Council to highlight the pavement policy. CLICK HERE to read more about this.