£3m over 5 years
Cardiff Street Pastors
We’re delighted to announce that the BID is investing £20,000 into the Cardiff Street Pastor scheme. Through the BID’s investment this invaluable team will be able to support the evening economy better through increased patrols over busy periods such as the Champions League final and major events
The BID have launched the team of Street Ambassadors, recruited to give local businesses a voice and make sure visitors to the city have the best possible experience during their stay.
The Street Ambassadors will take to the streets seven days a week (with cover from 7am-10pm) and will be the BID’s eyes and ears, recording issues affecting organisations within the BID area making sure that Wales’ capital operates effectively for the businesses and their customers. This red uniformed team will also be on hand to provide a warm welcome and helpful information for people visiting the capital. Want to know more? Watch this video or meet the team here
Cardiff has spent several summers without floral decoration. From the end of May the BID will be bringing colour back into the city by installing 380 hanging baskets and 30 three tier planters in locations across the city centre improving the visitor experience with a splash of colour.
The BID are seeking to attain Purple Flag status for the city centre by Spring 2018. Purple Flag is a positive initiative that indicates an entertaining, diverse and safe night out. It is a ‘gold standard’ accreditation scheme aimed at raising the standard and appeal of the city centre., and a benchmark for good night time destinations.
Supporting the already thriving night time economy in Cardiff is a huge priority for the BID team, particularly when the eyes of the nation are on the city for large sporting events such as the Six Nations.
After consulting with the BID Night Time Economy group the decision was made to create a temporary taxi rank and fund three additional Taxi Marshals outside of Howell’s on St Mary Street during the Wales V Ireland Six Nations match on the 10th March. The BID has also funded the existing Taxi Marshal team to be able to work longer hours on that evening to ensure that visitors and residents will be able to benefit from safety and reassurance this invaluable team provide.
Targeted Street Cleaning
The appearance of the city centre streets has been highlighted to the BID as an area of significant concern to businesses. As a result, Cardiff BID conducted targeted additional street cleansing in the lead up to Christmas to ensure that the streets were presented in the best possible light over the festive period. This included street washing, flyposting removal, chewing gum removal, graffiti removal and utility box painting. A deep clean was also done in high footfall areas such as Queen Street, High Street, St Mary Street and Caroline Street.
We were delighted by the positive feedback from BID businesses and the results from the before and after photos speak for themselves. As one of the first pilot projects this scheme will now be reviewed before we consider developing a longer term strategy for better cleanliness and presentation of the city centre.
Keeping Cardiff Festive and Safe Christmas 2016
The BID kicked off this year’s Christmas festivities by working as part of a multi-agency approach with Cardiff Council and South Wales Police for the successful Operation Mistletoe. Cardiff BID provided financial backing for initiatives that directly supported businesses, their employees and customers over the festive period, and ensured everybody had a safe and enjoyable time with extended coverage from the taxi marshals, improved safety though targeted late night road closures and the increased provision of temporary night time public toilets.
The BID will continue to work, as part of the Night Time Economy strategy, to ensure businesses are more directly involved with managing the evening economy in future years.