One Maidstone backing business, back in business
As the town centre’s Business Improvement District, One Maidstone is supporting central traders as they re-open, with a Backing Business, Back in Business campaign.
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.
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 the need for this kind of collaborative effort:
‘Representing town centre businesses, the One Maidstone Business Improvement District welcomes plans for a phased re-opening of trade for Maidstone, after an extended period of uncertainty for many workers and business owners.
Trading will resume in stages whilst observing correct procedures and maintaining social distancing – One Maidstone is carefully monitoring and sharing official guidelines with town centre businesses, and is liaising closely with partner organisations such as Kent Police and Maidstone Borough Council to share relevant messages and implement necessary systems. As such, 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 safe and organised manner, and would encourage shoppers to adhere to any advice and measures that are put in place for their protection.’