Supporting BID businesses

Objective: To deliver business support and efficiency savings, be a voice for local business and play an active role influencing the wider agenda.

BID Leamington is committed to providing on-going support to the businesses within the town and influencing the future direction as the town develops. We recognise that your business’ success also means the success of Royal Leamington Spa, and vice versa, so it’s by working together and supporting each other that we can bring mutually tangible results.

In support of businesses in the BID area, BID Leamington delivers 1:1 meetings, workshops, networking events, open meetings with guest speakers, and our “Toolbox Tips” via newsletters and this website.

Please explore this section to learn about our business support services. If there are any local issues that are affecting your business or you have ideas about how we can support your organisation, please contact us.


How BID Leamington supports your business:

  • Organises training courses
  • Provides information and access to business cost saving initiatives
  • Provides a range of tools to motivate, inspire and learn from
  • Offers business advice via 1:1 meetings, workshops, networking meetings and talks
  • Represents your collective voice on local business issues
  • Listens and acts on your concerns
  • Offers town planning advice and organises surgeries with WDC planners

2015/2016 Key Achievements & Activities

  • Welcomed 39 new businesses into the town throughout the year and offered them the  ‘New Business Launch Pack’ (available to anyone) which includes key business and media contacts, marketing tips, demographic information and launch event ideas and key contacts to invite.
  • Monitored town centre health using footfall and vacancy rate data in the town centre. The average vacancy rate in the BID area is currently 3.9% which is half the national average and 1.3% less than last year.
  • Continue to represent business interests in respect to managing the impact of proposed new development in the town centre. In the past year the District Council has announced plans to develop the 600 space Covent Garden Carpark in the town centre, as well as a significant area of land including the Pump Rooms and part of the Old Town. This work is ongoing.
  • Worked to successfully defend the town against further unrestricted A1 out of town retail development. This included making representation at Council Planning Meetings and making representation to the Planning Inspectorate during an appeal hearing. This work also continues as further applications have come forward.
  • Welcomed around 50 businesses to the ‘Prepare for a Cracking Christmas’ Open Meeting in October 2015 and the ‘Love Leam’ Business Connect Meeting hosted at Deasil in partnership with the Chamber of Trade in March 2016. The aim was to connect businesses, highlight opportunities to get involved, swap ideas and find out about local issues.
  • Activity monitored antisocial behaviour and begging and helped relaunch the campaign to address these issues. Now called ‘Think Before Your Give’ we work in partnership with the Warwickshire Police and numerous local charities to tackle the issue of people begging. This includes public engagement, the production of posters and flyers as well as providing advice on responsible ways to help vulnerable people. Since relaunching we have seen the numbers of people begging reduce and an increase in those seeking help.
  • Working in partnership with the District Council, Police and Musicians Union to monitor and develop an appropriate policy and guidance on ‘Town Centre Busking’.
  • Further developed the Business Toolbox on the BID Website.
  • Actively engaged with the District Council and County Council to ensure town centre car parking prices did not increase. Spent a great deal of time working to address issues that have arisen as a result of the privatisation of the on-street parking enforcement.  This included the deployment of Parking Angels at Christmas and we have since welcomed the introduction of Ringo – pay by phone. This work is on-going.
  • Continued to support the Friends of the Pump Room Gardens on the successful Heritage Lottery Fund application to restore the Pump Room Gardens including the bandstand. This will see over one million pounds invested over five years, and the delivery of an enhanced ‘activity plan’ of events.
  • Provided town planning / shop signage information and advice.
  • Continued to work in partnerships with many town centre stakeholders to support project delivery. This included: The Chamber of Trade, Federation of Small Businesses, Warwickshire Police, The Shop Mobility Scheme, Leamington in Bloom, The Leamington History Group, The Leamington Society, Friends of the Pump Room Gardens, The Leamington Spa Town Council, the Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership, Community Arts Workshop and others.

2014/2015 Key Achievements & Activities

  • Welcomed 38 new businesses into the town throughout the year.
  • Produced a ‘New Business Launch Pack’ (available to anyone) which includes key business and media contacts, marketing tips, demographic information and launch event ideas and key contacts to invite.
  • Monitored town centre health using footfall and vacancy rate data in the town centre. The average vacancy rate in the BID area is 7% which is half the national average.
  • Welcomed Jo Stroud from Fabulous as a guest speaker to the very popular ‘Xmas is Coming’ Open Meeting in October 2014
  • Welcomed around 40 businesses at the ‘Love is in the Air’ Business Connect Meeting in March 2015. This aimed to connect businesses serving the wedding sector as part of the LoveLeam month.
  • Relaunched the ‘Your Kindness Could Kill’ campaign in May 2015 in partnership with the Warwickshire Police and local charities to tackle the issue of people begging. This included public engagement, the production of posters and flyers as well as collection boxes in shops to provide an alternative place to give. Income collected is donated to the Salvation Army Way Ahead Project which supports homelessness in town. This is on-going.
  • Further developed the Business Toolbox on the BID Website.
  • Actively engaged with the District Council and County Council to ensure town centre car parking prices did not increase. Worked to address issues that have arisen as a result of the privatisation of the on-street enforcement contract by the County Council. This is on-going.
  • Supported the Friends of the Pump Room Gardens on the Heritage Lottery Fund application to restore the Pump Room Gardens including the bandstand.
  • Provided town planning / shop signage information and advice.
  • Developed successful partnerships with many town centre stakeholders to support project delivery. This included Warwickshire Police, The Shop Mobility Scheme, Leamington in Bloom, The Leamington History Group, The Leamington Society, Friends of the Pump Room Gardens, The Leamington Spa Town Council, the Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership, Community Arts Workshop and others.

20013/2014 Key Achievements & Activities

  • Welcomed 30 new businesses into the town throughout the year.
  • Welcomed Ruth Waring as a guest speaker to two very popular business Open Meetings entitled ‘Business Connect’.
  • Delivered a ‘Twitter & Linked in Skills’ workshop at our February Open Meeting. Provided Twitter & Social support to a number of local businesses.
  • Delivered the ‘Your Kindness Could Kill’ campaign in partnership with the Warwickshire Police and local charities to tackle the issue of people begging. This included public engagement, the production of posters and flyers as well as collection boxes in shops to provide an alternative place to give. The first collection yielded £139.57 which was divided between the Salvation Army and the Siloam Christian Ministry who support homelessness in town. This is on-going.
  • Helped a number of businesses save money on telecoms, energy and insurance through our partnership with Zone 4 Biz.
  • Further developed the Business Toolbox on the BID Website.
  • Actively engaged with the District Council and County Council to ensure town centre car parking prices did not increase. This is on-going.
  • Provided a town planning / shop signage information and advice service, as well as advice on Severn Trent Compensation.
  • Monitored town centre health using footfall and vacancy rate data in the town centre.
  • Developed successful partnerships with many stakeholders to support project delivery. This included Warwickshire Police, Severn Trent, The Shop Mobility Scheme, The Leamington History Group, The Leamington Spa Town Council, the Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership, Community Arts Workshop and others.