Business as usual for lockdown BID

One Maidstone Business Improvement District still here for town centre businesses

The One Maidstone team are still operational in order to support businesses and their premises during the second national lockdown. The One Maidstone BID Ambassadors continue their town centre patrols as usual, assisting Kent Police with any issues of anti-social behaviour, theft and unrest that may arise.

BID Manager Ilsa Butler says ‘As the town centre is experiencing a lighter form of lockdown than we saw earlier in the year, we have made the decision to keep BID Ambassadors on the streets to support businesses who have remained open for essential retail, click and collect services and takeaway food and drink. For those who have sadly had to close their doors once more, the Ambassadors will be monitoring their premises and notifying owners of any security issues, damage or suspicious activity that they should be aware of. We already deal closely with Kent Police, and will be drawing on this partnership working to provide a co-ordinated approach to keeping the town centre operating smoothly.’

One Maidstone was also able to provide advance copies of the Christmas issue of its town centre magazine to the majority of businesses before lockdown by bringing forward its print date. A further 1500 copies will now be made available to pick up from outlets across the town centre, with 13k being delivered directly to local homes, and a digital version free to read at www.onemaidstone.com/magazine

The Business Improvement District will also be entertaining Maidstone residents during lockdown with the release of its Secret Switch On film, a socially distanced concert film of song and dance designed to replace the traditional Christmas lights switch on event, online from 7.30pm on November the 19th. Maidstone town centre will have Christmas lights displayed as usual thanks to the One Maidstone BID.

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