Skipton BID is committed to offering ongoing support to businesses and will be continue to develop a number of training and development opportunities throughout the remainder of the third term.
We will also continue with the current security measures aimed at making our town safer to live, work and visit – and to make Skipton much less attractive to opportunist criminals.
For further details on Objective 2 please read the business plan.
Training and Development
Over the coming months a number of free training opportunities will be made available to all paid up levy payers.
A series of digital masterclasses have been developed and offered free of charge to all retail businesses. They cover a number of key areas that will help retailers deliver their best results. They are all available below.
- Retail Masterclass Part 1: Your Product Range
- Retail Masterclass Part 2: Retail Operations
- Retail Masterclass Part 3: Customer Service
- Retail Masterclass Part 4: Marketing Your Business
Skipton BID is proud to have appointed ‘Street Marshals’ to help make the town centre a safer and more welcoming place to visit over the Christmas period. These were supported by the CCTV cameras which are located throughout the town centre and the STAND initiative. Two SIA and First Aid trained professionals patrolled the town between 9pm and 3am, every Saturday throughout December and Friday 16th & 23rd December. The aim was to deter incidents and provide welfare for Skipton’s evening and late-night patrons over the busy festive period.
The Street Marshals also had a secure instant message link to the members of STAND and North Yorkshire Police.
Crime Prevention is a key objective for the BID have funded CCTV cameras throughout the town. They cover the central area of the town including Coach Street, the High Street, Swadford Street and Newmarket Street.
The system is monitored by a professional company and Skipton BID and police have access to the system and are able to request footage on a businesses behalf.
For further information on how to access the footage please read the following guidance Release of CCTV evidence | Skipton BID Release of CCTV Evidence
Free WiFi has been introduced to the town centre and allows access for visitors and residents. The WiFi is password free and will allow visitors to access the digital assets of the town such as the website and apps. Simply connect to Skipton Town WiFi, tick the consent box and you will be able to use the unlimited WiFi.
Throughout the Covid pandemic we worked In collaboration with Rombalds Radio to create a series of six podcasts in conversation with business and industry experts from the Skipton area to share their advice, answer your questions and highlight best practice examples.
Throughout the pandemic Skipton BID launched a digital campaign called #AtHomeInSkipton to support online trade awareness of local products and services that residents could access and purchase while isolating in their homes. The campaign also delivered virtual events such as VE Day celebrations so residents did not feel isolated.
Skipton BID is working in partnership with National Business Crime Solution.
Connect Skipton – Business Crime Reduction Service seeks to improve the collation of crime and disorder data and intelligence across the Skipton area through our dedicated crime-reporting portal (DISC) and support of our Business Crime Liaison Officer.
Connect Skipton deliver this service with the support of the National Business Crime Solution (NBCS), a national data sharing organisation and support network for BIDs and businesses.
Skipton BID is working in partnership with LoyalFree, the place promotion app!
For more information click here.