On the 12th April 2021, we were pleased to see the opening of the new outdoor dining area in Middlesex Street! Complete with tables and chairs, picnic benches, planters, colourful barriers and gazebos for those weather changes. Come and enjoy a range of cusinies from around the world, including:
Check out the below video showcasing how great this area truly is!
The 12th April 2021 marks the day that hospitality venues with outdoor seating are allowed to reopening under the government guidelines following the roadmap out of lockdown. We are very excited to have collated a list of the available venues in Aldgate for you to go and enjoy some delicious drinks and scrumptious meals!
If you are food & drink business that is opening today for outdoor dining, please let us know and we can add you to the list!
Aldgate Connect BID is going into its second year as a Business Improvement District. We are thrilled to be able to work with the businesses and the community in this way supporting the local economy, businesses and the community as we live with and overcome the effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic.
As the restrictions on the lockdown begin to lift, the BID will play a fundamental role in supporting the area and its recovery for business and mobilizing the workforce. Therefore, your BID levy will be pivotal in supporting interventions that will support the business community, residential community and domestic market in building consumer confidence, educating/ providing guidance on compliance and social distancing. Public realm provides an opportunity to cater for more enhanced pedestrian space; cleanliness of spaces and monitoring on how people move around the area safely. This will be further complemented through the promotion of activity to support mental health and wellbeing.
Please see below the legal overview of projects and expenditure. Please be in touch with the BID team if you wish to discuss anything whatsoever.
Brexit related assistance and signposting for businesses.
Following the changes the UK leaving the EU is causing, there are many resources, help and advice for businesses available out there. Please find some useful links below:
We are always more than happy to answer any questions or queries, please get in touch at email@example.com.
Virtual Wellbeing Series
Join us for the first ever joint Virtual Wellbeing Series, brought to you by the City BIDs & Partnerships: Aldgate Connect BID, Cheapside Business Alliance, EC Partnership and Fleet Street Quarter.
The Virtual Wellbeing Series activities range from mindfulness workshops to creative classes, from food & drink to beauty sessions, from workout classes to tours of the City, and even include an Online Spy Game!
Please use the Eventbrite links below to book your free place and to receive the relevant links to webinars and kits. Please note that spaces may be limited so get booking now!
Week 1 – 15-19th February 2021
Week 2 – 22-23rd February 2021
Week 3 – 1-5th March 2021
Week 4 – 8-12th March 2021
Week 5 – 15-19th March 2021
Many London SMEs have joined the Heart of the City as new members, ready to start their responsible business journeys. The applications are still open until 28th February 2021, so if you haven’t done so already, sign up your business for free now!
As an introduction to the new members and to give them a bit of new year inspiration, The Heart of the City spoke with Emma Cooke, Head of Citizenship at law firm Herbert Smith Freehills. Emma is on their board advisory panel now, but she started out as a member some years ago, when she was doing responsible business alongside another role.
The Heart of the City asked Emma about how she got into responsible business, her work now and importantly, what she learned as a newcomer to responsible business and what tops she’d give new members!
As a BID, we understand the importance of Health and Wellbeing, especially in the current climate. We are currently in the process of planning future Health and Wellbeing events and activities and would greatly appreciate your feedback on what kind of activates you would like to see and take part in.
All of these initiatives will be hosted and funded by the BID and will be completely FREE to attend, created to support the Aldgate community. These events will also be professionally led by experts in the field.
We would greatly appreciate if you could take a few minutes to complete the short questionnaire below to help inform and guide our decisions on Health and Wellbeing in Aldgate.
In October 2020, the Aldgate Connect BID commissioned Steer to undertake an audit of the existing cycling facilities within the BID. The main objective of the audit was to develop a better understanding of what cycling provision currently exists, focusing on cycle routes, cycle parking, Santander docking stations and wayfinding.
Steer engaged heavily with the local community, namely including landowners, businesses and residents, to help formulate the basis of this report.
The research will be used as a guide to the future projects undertaken by the BID in order to improve the cycling experience for residents, workers and visitors.
The audit will assist with securing future improvements that reduce barriers to cycling, increase cycle parking, improve the relationship with the surrounding area and address issues effecting legibility.
Please view the report below:
Please do email the BID on firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries or questions.
New lockdown grants to support businesses in retail, hospitality and leisure sectors.
The Chancellor has announced grants for businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors.
The one-off top-up grants will be provided on a per property basis to businesses closed as a result of the latest restrictions as follows:
A further £594 million is also being made available for Local Authorities and the Devolved Administrations to support other businesses not eligible for the grants, that might be affected by the restrictions. Businesses should apply to their Local Authorities.
The new one-off grants are in addition to the existing business support, including grants worth up to £3,000 for closed businesses, and up to £2,100 per month for impacted businesses once they reopen.
Visit the Business Advice Hub for practical guidance to help you operate in a COVID-19 Secure way during the pandemic.
Thank you to everyone who took part in the first part of Aldgate in Winter in December, we hope you enjoyed all the wonderful online events and the amazing light exhibitions!
We will be continuing into Spring with lots of online projects and ways to get involved. Below are some of the exciting projects happening these next few months that we would love for everyone to get involved in:
Together, let’s make Aldgate the brightest light in London! #AldgateinWinter