Welcome to the January 2017 issue of the Sheffield BID bulletin.
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OUR first annual general meeting was a great opportunity for businesses to hear about the achievements of the first year and talk about things to come.

More than 50 businesses were represented at the meeting held at the Crucible Theatre. They were welcomed by our Chair, Suzy Brain England. She opened with a call for more businesses to join as Company Members and have a strong voice in the future direction of the BID.

BID Manager Diane Jarvis gave an update on all the activity that has taken place in year one to start to deliver the actions the city's businesses voted for in 2015.

And looking to the future, Diane said there would be more investment in events to bring people into the city centre, continued work to develop the early evening economy, as well as schemes to see a cleaner, safer and easier to access Sheffield centre.

She also talked about the partnership working with Sheffield City Council that has driven forward the free Wi-Fi project, which looks set to become a reality later this year.

"We will be working in partnership with others to deliver a whole host of things for the city centre," she said.
Chief Inspector Lydia Lynskey, of South Yorkshire Police, continued the partnership theme.

She said BID Police Sergeant Matthew Burdett was a direct link to many city centre businesses and organisations and that a future BID police analyst would help identify problem areas so they can be targeted.

During a question and answer session the BID Manager, Board Members and Company Members talked about tackling graffiti and also how the BID and South Yorkshire Police can help businesses with support in dealing with rough sleepers when needed.

The meeting ended with Suzy Brain England calling for Levy Payers to become Company Members and bring their "ideas, support and innovation" to the BID.

To read more about the first year visit the website and read our annual report.

Great news this month with the announcement that we are a step closer to free Wi-Fi for the city centre.

We have been working hard to secure this great boost for businesses, and people visiting Sheffield could be logging on to a fast and free service by the end of the year.

Sheffield City Council has announced it is looking for a provider.

The implementation of free, public-access Wi-Fi is central to our plans for encouraging visitors, residents and employees to spend more time here.

BID Manager Diane Jarvis said: “This is something that we have been working with the Council and other partners on for some time – seeing it coming to life for our city centre is very exciting.

“We believe that free Wi-Fi could drive greater footfall, supporting the high street and the local economy, and at the same time make it easier for visitors to access information about the city centre, such as retail and leisure attractions.”

The plans would allow a provider to offer a cutting-edge, high-speed free connection in exchange for exclusive use of street assets used to provide wireless communication services.

Councillor Leigh Bramall, cabinet member for business and economy at Sheffield City Council, said: “This offer has the potential to place Sheffield amongst the best connected cities in the country.

“Our ambition is to create the conditions that allow a super-fast, digitally-connected and vibrant city to thrive. Our economy will benefit and Sheffield will become more connected for people using the city centre."

Under the proposed terms of the competitive procurement, a provider would offer a free-of-charge service with high quality customer experience and good coverage potentially including council-owned public buildings such as the Winter Garden.

Currently, there are a number of free of charge public access Wi-Fi schemes operating in Sheffield but these do not cover the open spaces across the city.

The project will require the Council to enter into a contractual arrangement with the preferred bidder. A contract could be awarded in June with the Wi-Fi service expected to go live by December this year.


Next month will see the first meeting of our new property forum as we work with landlords and agents to reduce the number of vacant units in the city centre.

BID Manager Diane Jarvis said: "Over the past few months we have been building a network of contacts to help support both local and inward investment and new business start-ups.

"Moving forward, we will be working to generate enquiries from new, expanding or investing businesses, which will include helping to find suitable property options."
The Purple Flag will keep flying in Sheffield after it was announced that the city has retained the prestigious status for its evening and night-time economy.

Purple Flag is a town and city centre award – similar to the Blue Flag award for beaches – which aims to raise the standard and broaden the appeal of town and city centres between 5pm and 5am.

The lead for the Sheffield Purple Flag accreditation is Sheffield BID Police Sergeant Matthew Burdett who said: “This is great news once again for Sheffield and a big thank you to everyone who has supported the process for gaining it for the sixth consecutive year.

"A lot of hard work takes place behind the scenes to gain the status but it is excellent to see that the work all the Sheffield partners do to make the city a vibrant and safe place is recognised.”


Our new Board Members:  Richard Eyre who is the new Sheffield City Council representative. He is Head Of City Centre Management, CCTV, Markets and Events, has lived in Sheffield all his life and is a passionate advocate for the city.  

Tom Holmes, Head of Branch at John Lewis Sheffield who has taken the vacant retail seat until the next Board rotation in the autumn. Tom has lived in Sheffield all his life and supports work to create a vibrant and successful city.

Also welcome to our new Company Members: Marks and Spencer, The Leadmill and Wrigleys Solicitors.

The Herd of Sheffield stormed the streets of Sheffield for 12 weeks over the summer and has raised a phenomenal amount of money for The Children’s Hospital Charity.

Not only that, the estimated total visitor spend as a result of the trail, which was supported by a number of businesses including the BID, was a fantastic £3,664,800 with a net increase in spending of £1,685,808.  More support for events which bring visitors into the city centre is planned this year - so watch this space!

Herd of Sheffield souvenir guides are still available to buy to support the charity. Visit


The digital Christmas campaign to support Alive After Five brought about some great results with more than two million impressions, 200,000 video views and more than 40,000 interactions with people on social media.

There is plenty more to come in this long-term campaign with events planned throughout the year to support work to develop an early evening economy for Sheffield city centre. We'll keep you updated!

But remember - if you have an event, offer or any great news for your customers - share it with #SheffAfter5 to make sure you make the most of the free support available to promote your business. Contact the Live Team at

To all the city partners, who work together to promote the responsible management of licensed premises and who have been recognised once again. Sheffield is one of only three finalists for the national Best Bar None awards, up against Durham and Bedfordshire. The announcement will be made on January 31.

South Yorkshire Police has produced a useful guide for small businesses about making the most of CCTV.

The leaflet offers advice on how to get the most from the technology for your business and includes information on minimum standards. It is available on our website here.

Our BID Police Sergeant can also help with advice, so get in touch with Sergeant Matthew Burdett at if you would like to arrange a visit.

We’re committed to a cleaner city centre and once again will be running our very own BID Spring Clean in March.

We offer a free graffiti cleaning service for levy payers all year round - the link for more information is here - but the Spring Clean is an opportunity for others to benefit too as we tackle the city centre grot spots. Contact for more details.

We also wanted to let all businesses and organisations know about the Keep Britain Tidy Great British Spring Clean this year, which aims to encourage 500,000 people to get out there and make sure their neighbourhood is one of which they can be proud. It will take place from March 3 to 5, and if you want to take part, go to and register today.

And keep reading the BID bulletin to find out more about our very own clean-up campaign which will start mid-March!
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