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Welcome to the October 2016 issue of the Sheffield BID bulletin.
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THE CAMPAIGN TO KEEP THE CITY ALIVE AFTER 5 BEGINS!
This week saw the launch of Alive After Five in the city centre and thanks to all businesses, organisations and partners who supported this first step to bring early evening vibrancy to Sheffield for the benefit of residents, workers and visitors.
People enjoying the early evening in our city were treated to flash mob dancers and took advantage of many retailers opening their doors until 7pm – as well as the great bars, restaurants and entertainment opportunities.
With many towns and cities across the North opening until late at least one night a week, this long-term campaign aims to make Sheffield an early evening destination and boost business opportunities for the cities retailers, food, drink and leisure industries.
BID manager Diane Jarvis said: "We know it will take time and have been clear all along that this is a long-term campaign - these are the first steps on the journey towards a vibrant early evening economy for Sheffield. The city has so much to offer and is one of the few that until now has not had late night shopping, so it's great that retailers large and small have joined the campaign. We need everyone to keep spreading the word so that people stay in the city after work to enjoy the shops, bars, restaurants and all things Sheffield."
The centrally managed marketing campaign is designed to support businesses keen to get involved. Resources include advertising, the dedicated sheffafter5.com website and social media support for businesses and organisations using the #SheffAfter5 hashtag.
If you would like to find out more, sign up to be Alive After Fiveon Thursdays or just have a chat about opportunities call 0114 339 2015 or email enquiries@sheffieldbid.com

 
OPEN AIR ART GALLERY
Amazing art from renowned artists has come to life on walls throughout the city this week bringing an outdoor gallery to thousands of people.
Sites have been transformed with the permission of building owners and people have had the opportunity to see the artists at work. The event is part of the Year of Making and Sheffield BID has supported it as one of many measures to help the city feel cleaner, more enjoyable and more sociable.
BID Manager Diane Jarvis said: “There’s no doubt the trail will also encourage people into the city to see all the different artworks and everything Sheffield has to offer.”
Professor Vanessa Toulmin, Chair of the Sheffield Culture Consortium and BID board member said: “This is a fantastic celebration of contemporary art and culture with murals from some of the most talented innovative and highly regarded people in their field today."
Further details about the trail including a trail map will be available shortly.

(Picture courtesy of Prof Toulmin.)
CONGRATULATIONS!
To the Herd of Sheffield which raised a total of £410,600 for The Children’s Hospital Charity. The Crucible stage was the final outing for 58 uniquely designed elephant sculptures which have spent the summer months residing in Sheffield’s parks and open spaces to create an interactive public art trail.
The trail organised by Wild in Art and The Children’s Hospital Charity has captured the imagination of thousands of visitors who’ve been out exploring the trail and rediscovering all that Sheffield has to offer.
NEW COMPANY MEMBERS
This month we are pleased to welcome new company members Lupton Fawcett Solicitors, Bell and Buxton Solicitors and Virgin Money. This takes our current company membership to 46 (including board member organisations). More details about being a member and a full list of current members can be found at http://www.sheffieldbid.com/membership/
HIDDEN WORDS ON THE STREETS
Unique art work has been placed throughout Sheffield over the last week and will come to life – when it rains!
It’s Raining Words has been commissioned by Off the Shelf Festival of Words and includes sayings and quotes which magically appear in the wet and disappear when dry. It has been developed by American street artist Peregrine Church and is a first for the UK.
The project has been supported by the BID and manager Diane Jarvis "This is yet another reason for people to take time looking around our great city and enjoy the many things that are also on offer from our businesses, theatres, galleries, parks and museums.
“It’s great that we can promote something for a rainy day!"
FILM SHOWCASES SUCCESS
WORK to make our city centre safer is being highlighted in a new best practice film about the Local Alcohol Partnerships, which aim to target alcohol misuse and promote safer, better managed night-time economies through close partnership working.
BID Police Sergeant Matthew Burdett told an ITN crew (below) more about the work taking place here in Sheffield for the film, shown at the Royal Society of Public Health Awards in October and then shared with society members. It also highlighted the work of the Street Pastors and the many other businesses and organisations that have helped make Sheffield a success story to be shared.
Sergeant Burdett said: "It was great to share the work that has taken place here in Sheffield and we hope that it proves useful for other towns and cities across the country."
Sergeant Burdett has been asked to present at the London Business Crime Reduction Conference in November – another great opportunity to showcase the great partnership work taking place across Sheffield.

VITAL LINK FOR STUDENT UNION
TENS of thousands of students live in our city and for Sheffield Hallam University Bars and Events Supervisor Janet Heiser, the advice and support from BID Police Sergeant Matthew Burdett has been invaluable.
"I started work in the Student Union bar four years ago and it was through the Best Bar None award scheme that we first met up with Sergeant Burdett. Since then he has been a great source of support and advice for us all and always there to help if we need it. Not only that, he has helped us build vital links with other businesses and organisations across the city."
Janet said all the staff know who to contact if they need help or advice. This recently included getting in touch after students raised concerns about a rough sleeper near the bar. The Rough Sleeper Patrols, which aim to provide help and welfare for those that need it and to disrupt the practices of rough sleeping within the city centre, now cover that area in their routes.
"He shares important information about safety, drugs and good practical advice which we can then share with the students. As a result of our links with him the 30 staff here have had training, including child safeguarding. He has helped give us confidence and knowledge that we can pass on. This all makes for a safer environment for the students."
Below: Sergeant Matthew Burdett with the university's Community Officer Grant Johnson and Bars and Events Supervisor Janet Heiser
HELP US HELP - LAUNCH
The Help us Help campaign is being launched on 11 November and is a collaboration between all the services who support those who find themselves homeless, begging or may have other needs. The campaign aims to create a better understanding about those begging on our city streets by providing up to date details on the current status and to show how the public and city based businesses can help those concerned move on positively with their lives. It will also encourage volunteers and ambassadors for the services and sectors providing support. 

The campaign is being supported by Sheffield BID and Sheffield City Council. The launch event is taking place on Friday, 11 November (11.15-12.30) at the HubSpace, Sheffield Hallam University Students' Union, 6 Paternoster Row. It will be hosted by Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield.

If you'd like to attend the event, please RSVP by 8 November to archer@sheffield-cathedral.org.uk.
RECOGNISING UNSUNG HEROES - MAKE A DIFFERENCE AWARDS
This year sees the first Sheffield Make a Difference Awards to celebrate the work of thousands of quiet heroes.They have been organised by Voluntary Action Sheffield and we are proud to sponsor the Excellence in Partnership Working award, which will be presented by local athletics hero, Jessica Ennis-Hill, at the awards ceremony in November.
The awards are designed to recognise and celebrate the huge contribution and value that local community groups, charities and voluntary organisations have in our city.In Sheffield there are more than 3,300 voluntary and community groups, most of which are very small (less than £10,000 income) yet collectively they deliver more than seven million interventions each year.
BID Independent Chair Suzy Brain England said: “We are really proud to be involved in this first for Sheffield and to recognise the incredible hard work of so many volunteers and the amazing amount they give to their city and community.”
Maddy Desforges, Chief Executive at VAS, said: “We want to celebrate the amazing breadth and diversity of voluntary and community work happening in our city. The reality is that every day, and often with very little resources, people across the city achieve amazing things making a real difference to people’s lives.” Find out more: www.vas.org.uk/awards
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