The Christmas lights secret is out!

One Maidstone lets secret slip about lights switch on! Despite current circumstances, Maidstone town centre will still have Christmas lights displayed from November 2020, and will celebrate with an alternative online project, thanks to the One Maidstone Business Improvement District. Determined not to let the occasion go unmarked, One Maidstone is announcing the Secret Switch On, a pre-recorded and socially distanced concert film, available to watch for free online from Thursday November 19th, the evening the lights switch on event would have traditionally taken place, and on catch up at any time, via www.onemaidstone.com, Youtube and social media. Performances from…

One Maidstone delivers support with magazine drop

As the town centre’s Business Improvement District, a priority for One Maidstone after lockdown has been to support and promote the venues and traders it represents, to encourage custom after such a prolonged period of uncertainty. One such project has been a special edition of the One Maidstone town centre magazine, with content complementing its Backing Business, Back in Business campaign. A wide selection of retailers, eateries and services have been featured at no cost, telling their stories of life after lockdown. 2000 copies have been hand delivered to town centre businesses, and figures such as local Councillors, by One…

Distillery lends hand with sanitiser

Maidstone Distillery gives town centre a hand with donations of sanitiser One Maidstone has facilitated a generous donation of hand sanitiser to town centre volunteers, courtesy of the newly opened Maidstone Distillery. Housed in the Market Buildings, the Maidstone Distillery, having now launched its local gin brand online, began producing sanitiser at the start of the Covid crisis. Having already provided stocks of this product free of charge to sites such as Maidstone Hospital, One Maidstone was able to connect founder Darren Graves with the Urban Blue Bus and the Maidstone Street Pastors. The Urban Blue bus, staffed by medical…

Extra Ambassadors on town centre beat

One Maidstone’s BID Ambassadors are already a familiar sight around our town centre streets, supporting Kent Police and businesses with incidents of anti-social behaviour and responding to radio calls. From Monday 15th June, as retail footfall increases with the re-opening of non-essential retail, they’ll be joined by a team of an additional four temporary Ambassadors. The One Maidstone Business Improvement District  is bringing in these new hosts to act as meet and greet staff, in order to help members of the public understand the new Covid secure measures that are in place, and to act as a point of contact…

Back to business pack delivered to units

One Maidstone has produced a comprehensive information pack, to be distributed to all businesses within the BID footprint, with advice and guidance on the practicalities of re-opening, as well as useful resources such as posters to download and display. BID Manager Ilsa Butler explains ‘We’ve produced a helpful pack collating guidance from all of these authorities, which we can directly pass on to our BID member businesses. Its contents will cover topics such as displaying signage for the public, managing queues and actioning new covid-19 secure measures. We look forward to helping businesses reintroduce and deliver their services in a…

One Maidstone supports re-opening of town centre

The One Maidstone Business Improvement District forms part of a co-working committee established to plan for the re-opening of non-essential retail stores from June 15th in Maidstone town centre. Comprised of representatives from One Maidstone, Kent Police, Kent County Council, Maidstone Borough Council, the Mall and Fremlin Walk, the group carried out a walking tour in order to identify potential issues which may arise and to discuss ways of helping central businesses to trade safely. BID Manager Ilsa Butler explains the need for this kind of collaborative effort: ‘Representing town centre businesses, the One Maidstone Business Improvement District welcomes plans…

One maidstone launches town centre magazine

The One Maidstone Business Improvement District has launched a print and digital magazine, aimed at promoting the work of the BID, and town centre trade. Originally intended for distribution to the public throughout the town centre, and in pick up points such as cafes and retail spaces, One Maidstone has now made the issue available to read online at www.onemaidstone.com/magazine BID Manager Ilsa Butler says ‘The new One Maidstone magazine is another way that the BID intends to highlight town centre trade, by featuring businesses and offering advertising opportunities. In usual circumstances, the seasonal issues will be available to pick…