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July Newsletter

Events coming soon to a street near you!

We’re really excited to be bringing a series of great events to the BID area this year. A few to look out for:

Time Turner: A BRAND NEW event for 2018! Help us transform St Albans back in time: we’re bringing cars, music and entertainment from different periods to different streets. Click here to find out what your area will be and how you can get involved!

George Street Gin & Jazz: Back by popular demand, get ready for another fantastic night on Friday 5th October!

St Albans Advent Trail: Following the success of the Nutcracker Trail last winter, this year we’re coordinating another trail, with a twist! Every day in December’s run up to Christmas, businesses will be invited to reveal their themed ‘Advent Window’ with a prize to the public’s favourite business.

For more information about all these events as well as many more, please click here.

George Street Wedding Show – Sunday 8th July 11am to 4pm

St Albans BID is proud to sponsor St Albans first outdoor Wedding Fair this Sunday! From hen-dos to dresses, suits to bouquets, a range of local suppliers will share inspiration alongside live entertainment, demonstrations, free samples, goodie bags and more! Free entry in the glorious sunshine this Sunday!


BID is working with Refill to encourage the public to fill up their water bottles for free. You can register your business as a destination. Get in touch for a support pack with window stickers and press releases. You never know, that thirsty member of the public may just become your next customer.


The BID is funding a Water Fountain outside Alban Arena, with installation planned for the Summer holiday season.

Fight plastic, fill up and stay hydrated St Albans!

Do you need a website?

St Albans BID has partnered with, groww, to help our businesses create their own website quickly and without any set up costs. Use our link to access groww and take advantage of their preferential rates for BID members, click here for you step by step guide.

“Be online, future-proof and visible to 60% more customers in under 5 minutes!”

Fancy coffee and a chat?

From September, Vanessa, our Business Liaison Manager, will be holding a ‘drop-in’ surgery every Tuesday from 9.30am – 11.30am, for all BID businesses. No need to book an appointment, please feel free to ‘drop-in! Let us know what you’re doing, what you need help with… We look forward to seeing you. If you’d like to meet up prior to then please get in touch to make an appointment.

Business Barriers to Growth Survey

St Albans City of Expertise conducted a looking into ‘Business Barriers to Growth’. The survey results and analysis can be found here. The results are of course very similar to what we’ve been hearing from our conversations with you. We will continue to work on recruitment challenges and are looking at developing staff benefit incentives, specific to our City Centre businesses.