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Bishop's Stortford BID offers businesses free expert Covid-secure assessments to help restore confidence in town centre




Bishop’s Stortford BID (Business Improvement District) is stepping up its efforts to make the town centre the safest in the country for shoppers.

The organisation, which exists to support the high street, is offering businesses a fully-funded Covid-19 secure assessment by a health and safety expert.

Frankham Risk Management will carry out inspections in November. Appointments worth £225 are available to ensure traders are following Government guidelines to the letter rather than risking a £10,000 fine for non-compliance.

From left, Gina Thomas (BID), Sgt Tre Funes-Walker, PC Steve Gent, Cllr George Cutting, Michael Smith (Jackson Square manager), James Parker (town council chief exec) and others walk through the road closures in the town to enable social distancing as businesses start to open. Picture: Vikki Lince.
From left, Gina Thomas (BID), Sgt Tre Funes-Walker, PC Steve Gent, Cllr George Cutting, Michael Smith (Jackson Square manager), James Parker (town council chief exec) and others walk through the road closures in the town to enable social distancing as businesses start to open. Picture: Vikki Lince.

BID board member Roy Parrish said: “This initiative by the Bishop's Stortford BID team to employ Frankham Risk Management to help our town become the safest in the country is no gimmick.

“We're entering a period of more uncertainty for businesses and the general public coming into town to shop and socialise. We're offering a free health check on the businesses in Bishop's Stortford by one of the leading companies in workplace risk assessment.”

Mark Chandler, head of safety and compliance services for Frankham, said: “This is a fantastic initiative to be involved with and one which we are grateful for. Anything we can do to help stimulate the economy and keep businesses open and trading is great to be involved with.

Bishop's Stortford BID manager Gina Thomas with board member Roy Parrish in his former Gin Palace business pictured in 2019
Bishop's Stortford BID manager Gina Thomas with board member Roy Parrish in his former Gin Palace business pictured in 2019

“Since the outbreak of the global Covid-19 pandemic, we’ve spent a lot of time helping businesses set themselves up to reopen and return to work in a manner which is Covid-secure and where all stakeholders are protected against virus transmission spread and wider infection control.

"This commission further enhances our standing as leading coronavirus risk managers – something which we are immensely proud of.”

The company will visit BID levy payers who request a confidential assessment, scrutinise their Covid-19 measures and make any necessary recommendations.

The first appointments are available on November 4, 5 and 6 between 10am and 4pm. Later dates will be added in due course.

The size and type of business will dictate the length of appointment. BID manager Gina Thomas said: “We expect most can be completed within an hour, although for larger premises this will be longer.”

To book a slot, email gina@bishopsstortfordbid.co.uk with a preferred date and time and include alternatives.

She said: “The BID is committed to supporting businesses during this time by giving them fully-funded access to expert advice to make sure they have all their Covid-secure measures in place.”



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