STOCKTON High Street is evolving not dying – that’s the message from the second series of Humans of the High Street, as businesses begin their recovery from the pandemic.
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An innovative new project designed to highlight the importance of our high streets has been unveiled in Stockton. Humans of the High Street aims to document in real terms the thoughts and feelings of business owners during the Covid-19 pandemic and ensuing lockdown
Small independent businesses are what make our high streets and neighbourhoods so special. They are facing an unprecedented challenge – can you support them?
Shops, cafes and businesses that display a forget me not in their windows do so
for a very good reason. They are recognised dementia friendly businesses and the symbol is a signpost
to shoppers, families and carers dealing with the issue designed to show you can
help deal with the issue. Training is important and it is available through a partnership between Stockton
Council and the health authorities. To sign up email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are aware of ongoing issues and we are working closely to tackle them with different agencies and with different ideas. One of them involves
engaging ASB offenders through agencies which already have a proven track
record in dealing with them. All towns have an issue with vagrancy and begging, hopefully you will have
seen a reduction in the number of people on the High Street aggressively
begging. We’ve been working with partners on this issue and we will continue
to work to improve the BID area.
Being part of a BID means we can bring the collective concerns of our levy members
together as one united voice. We work closely with enforcement teams and financially support two officers in the
high street area who patrol the BID area seven days a week. These teams provide
a visible presence helping to combat shoplifting, drug dealing and anti-social
behaviour. The BID is also part of the local crime prevention panel where we continue to lobby
for further intervention.
As an organisation run by and for businesses, our most important role is to influence and encourage decisions that benefit our members in local, regional and
national government along with other key stakeholders. The BID brings the collective concerns of levy members together when it comes to
business and policy matters.
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Creativity is on our agenda and we support and celebrate it here in Stockton. With the help of sponsorship, the BID delivers creative workshops to children to teach all kinds of skills; we also fund projects and give our backing to several festivals including Kapow, Stockton Calling and Stockton Stages. The result is a thriving arts and music scene in the town which attract thousands of visitors. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic will be felt in this sector as we go forward into the summer - but when it is safe to do so, we will continue to showcase all that is best about our town.
New ideas, great ideas to share, inspiration or even just a chat about how it is going with your fellow traders - to coin a phrase we are 'stronger together' and that's why we created The Levy. A member brand, it is dedicated to connecting our people, our place and our town.
Striking Stockton celebrates the best of our independent business community.
Loyal and loving customers vote for their favourite bars, restaurants, market
stalls and shops.
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Every month more businesses are joining the MET LIVE on Zoom, on the third
Thursday of the month between 4pm and 5pm. Join in – we are talking all kinds of topics from
trading and high street issues to climate change and our businesses becoming
The MET events are chance to network with many businesses both inside and
outside our BID area where levy payers can make some key partnerships to help
them grow. Easy, no hard sell, no complicated topics – just relevant conversation.
To register your attendance visit Eventbrite.
There’s a new event for your social calendar when Covid-19 ceases to dominate. The Courtyard Social will debut in Stockton’s cultural quarter. Building on the thriving artisan bar scene, the event aims to highlight some of the amazing hidden gems of Stockton's town centre.
Imagine a map that would lead you to the best pubs and bars serving up the best
tipples across Stockton. Well, now you can get your hands on one. And it’ll be a map to treasure. The Ale Trail came from an idea sparked by a local resident and real ale fan who
wanted to map out a collection of the establishments serving up the best pints. With his help, we’ve added a few more of our existing bars and venues and re-
imagined the map for a new audience at a time when micro pubs and bars have
become the places to raise a glass. There’s treasure at every turn. We think it looks pretty fantastic and we hope you’ll
enjoy a tasty tipple or two as you navigate your way around. To download the map click here.
Theatres, shows, cafes, restaurants – and pubs and clubs of course. Stockton has them all and together they form part of the night time economy on our High Street. We got a little tired of hearing people saying there is nothing to do in Stockton at night. So we’ve signposted it all in a helpful, handy map. On it you’ll find all of the above and more plus a new hotel which shows Stockton has something for everyone. And what’s more, we’ll keep it updated so you can easily get to the heart of the all the action. To download the map click here.