BID Business Support through Covid-19 - Newsletter 10

Hello! Hope you are all keeping safe.

It has been a good week, I really enjoyed getting out in the town and speaking to the businesses that are coming back to town and re opening their doors. It has also been so heart warming to see and hear the lovely welcome from the customers that are faithfully waiting in line for their coffee or their essentials.

The Welwyn Garden City Marketplace website will be launched this week, if you haven't set up your online shop yet, please get in touch with me

We are working hard to get the best deals for BID businesses. We have ordered some brand new floor vinyls to encourage social distancing which are free for BID businesses and we have struck a great deal with a local supplier of perspex screens.

We still need to understand a bit more about how we can support you so please fill in this form, it takes two minutes and it will help us in planning our recovery. 

Please get in touch with me and let us know how you are doing, and let us know how we can support you. Please give me a call on 01707497930 or email 


REMINDER: FREE Posters and Floor Vinyl, Discounted Perspex Screens and Hand Sanitiser

We have ordered some safe shopping posters and floor vinyls from Kallkwik which are FREE for all BID businesses. Please let me know how many do you need and we can drop them off or you could collect from Kallkwik. 

Snappy Snaps have also designed a lovely poster to say thank you to our workers, and they are kindly offering these for free to town centre businesses so if you would like one please get in touch.

We have signed a deal with a local WGC company to provide discounted plastic screens for shops and businesses. Please get in touch if you need these and I can source it for you.

Thanks to those that completed the survey. We have now sourced a number of self-standing hand sanitising units for outdoor use. If you'd like one outside your shop, please get in touch. They will be allocated based on location to ensure an even spread around the town centre.

Need something else? please fill in this quick survey to let me know what I am missing 

Back to the new normal

We have been working closely with other BIDs and national bodies to co-ordinate the re-opening of our town centre. We have developed a simple check-list to help businesses on the road to recovery.

WGC Centenary - Working together to celebrate our town's 100th birthday 

Whilst most of the centenary celebrations are on hold because of the pandemic, work has not stopped behind the scenes. 

The Carnival has been re-scheduled for Saturday 19th June next year and sporting activities will re-commence as soon as the clubs, sporting bodies and authorities deem it safe to do so. Health and safety are paramount and the Centenary Foundation is taking no chances with people’s wellbeing.

However, three legacy projects in the town centre are being advanced during the lockdown. The statue of Ebenezer Howard which will be erected in Howardsgate is currently at the foundry at Stroud. The statue is cast in sections which have been welded together and once it is finished you won’t be able to see the joins! The plinth is of slate and unfortunately the quarry in Wales is still in lockdown. 

Despite all these timing and logistics problems the Foundation is working towards erecting the statue by early autumn. This 7ft (2.2m) tall bronze statue of the founder of Welwyn Garden City, sponsored by The Wheat Quarter will be a magnificent addition to the street scene. As BID seeks to re-build confidence and footfall in the town centre, this artwork by nationally acclaimed sculptor Ben Twiston-Davies will help put WGC on the map.  

The proposed Centenary Garden which will be located on The Campus is scheduled to start on site at the end of this year. A wide selection of herbaceous plants, shrubs and trees will occupy an area currently grassed between the Library and Bridge Road East. It is hoped it will be a blaze of colour through the seasons once it is finished next spring. 

However, first up will be the refurbishment of the iconic poster booths on Howardsgate. These two red and yellow painted mini-pavilions were erected to commemorate the Festival of Britain in 1951, the celebration that helped mark the end of the war. The Welwyn Garden City Society is leading the project, sponsored by the Heritage Lottery Foundation which will see new panels being installed telling the story of our garden city. It is bound to be of great interest to young and old alike.
Finally, the Foundation is delighted to announce that the Henry Moore statue close to the fountain in Parkway will remain in place until the end of July next year. All these developments will assist in putting our town centre on the map and boosting business post-Covid.
 We have many challenges ahead, but it is heartening to know that there are those who have vision, drive and ambition to help maintain and improve the special character of our town centre, the heart of the garden city.
Welwyn Garden City Centenary.
Business Survey - Let us know how we can help

We have created a very quick survey, we need to understand how best to help and support you so please take 2 minutes (I promise it only takes 2 minutes) to le us know.

Survey link
Legionnaire's disease warning

Businesses warned of Legionnaires' disease risk
Businesses planning to reopen in the coming weeks, following the easing of lockdown, are being urged to follow important guidance to prevent the spread of Legionnaires disease, a deadly disease which develops in water systems, causing serious illness and can also result in death.

Legionella bacteria is naturally present in water systems. However, while buildings have been closed, if water systems have not been maintained, the bacteria grows, and can develop to a deadly level. The warmer summer months also increases the risk.

Legionnaires' disease can be contracted by inhaling small droplets of water (aerosols) suspended in the air which contain Legionella bacteria.
From shops and restaurants to offices, hairdressers and gyms, any business that has a water supply and is currently shut down, needs to seek professional advice and implement certain measures to ensure that they are safe to open.

Executive Member Governance, Public Health and Climate Change, Councillor Fiona Thomson said,

Businesses looking to reopen after lockdown have many things to consider to ensure the safety and welfare of their customers and staff. While they will be introducing COVID-19 measures to keep everyone safe, it's important to highlight the risk of Legionnaires' disease and the actions that need to be taken to avoid it. Local businesses with concerns and looking for specific support and guidance should email the council's Environmental Health team at

Legionnaires' disease is fatal in 10% of cases. Symptoms include fever, a non-productive cough and pneumonia, very like those of COVID19. The groups of people susceptible to Legionnaires' disease are similar to those most susceptible to serious complications from COVID-19 infection: those with serious underlying health conditions; those over 50 years; smokers.

General information and advice is available from the Health and Safety Executive:

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