Lowestoft Vision, the Business Improvement District (BID) managed by Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, has announced an increase in its resources in order to better deliver initiatives and projects to further boost the town centre’s attractiveness to shoppers and visitors alike and help guide the BID through its renewal.
Lowestoft Vision has made considerable progress in delivering on its four key objectives aimed at improving the attractiveness of Lowestoft and increasing footfall: to make the town centre more secure, more attractive, more appealing and more accessible and are now carefully planning both the initiatives for the next 12 months and the process that they hope will lead to the renewal of Lowestoft Vision’s BID contract as a result of the balloting of its levy paying members.
Darren Newman, who has been Lowestoft Vision’s manager since it was launched in 2013, has recently moved onto work for Hoseasons as a brand manager. His role is now being delivered in an enhanced way through the support of Ann-marie Doggett, Lowestoft Vision’s events & promotions co-ordinator, who will assume more of a front line role in liaising with members, as well as delivering Lowestoft Vision’s many initiatives, Danny Steel, Chairman of Lowestoft Vision and other members of the board, plus extra resourcing and expertise from Suffolk Chamber of Commerce.
The company have also contracted with Central Management Solutions (CMS) to help manage the requirements of the renewal process up to the results of next year’s ballot.
CMS is a specialist team with a great local and national track record in turning around town centres for the better and in managing BIDs. The company provides proven and innovative support to locations through the management of BIDs and are pleased to have their crucial expertise and support at this important time for Lowestoft Vision.
Fiona Wright, COO of CMS commented: "Our role is to help support and guide the Lowestoft Vision BID through the months leading up to its first renewal. The Lowestoft Vision BID team is already concentrating and working exceptionally hard on delivering a very full programme of projects, all of which are key to local businesses. I am very pleased therefore that we can add that extra support for renewal planning and be an additional part of the team at this exciting time for their future plans."
Danny Steel added ‘'Lowestoft Vision is delighted that CMS has come on board to work alongside the current team in taking our BID to renewal in May 2018. CMS come with an impressive record of success in BID renewals so we are confident they will be able to do the same for us. It’s very refreshing to work with a company that not only has the required skills and experience but also the enthusiasm to get the job done. These are exciting and positive times for Lowestoft and the business community in particular.'’
David Howard, Managing Director of Palmers Departments stores and member of the Lowestoft Vision Board stated “We fully support Lowestoft Vision and certainly think that the help and support from CMS is the way forward.”
The Lowestoft Vision team, comprising the board, their partners and staff, are looking forward to an exciting and successful year ahead.
Lowestoft Vision, part of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Lowestoft & Waveney, demonstrated their support this week for Lowestoft Town Football Club by becoming an Official Club Partner
In 2015 Lowestoft Vision created the brand “Discover Lowestoft” which has been used to promote the town as a place to Love, Shop, Stay, Eat and Play. Recently the Lowestoft Vision Management Board which is made up from local businesses agreed to fund a sponsor’s board to promote the town.
Speaking as the Discover Lowestoft Banner was unveiled Lowestoft Vision Board Member and Director of Graphitas Justin Taylor said “Lowestoft Vision is delighted to show our support to the Trawler Boys. The club welcomes hundreds of traveling away fans as well as its own loyal supporters so it seemed the ideal place to promote Discover Lowestoft.
Lowestoft Town FC Commercial Manager, Sam Hossack said ‘Everyone at Lowestoft Town FC would like to pass on their thanks to Lowestoft Vision by sponsoring the football club by becoming an official club partner. The support from local businesses and organisations is so vital to the football club, & helps the club continue its work within the local community. Hopefully this is the start of a very active partnership, where Lowestoft Town FC & Lowestoft Vision will work in collaboration on future projects going forward.’
Lowestoft will be going back in time on Saturday the 27th and Sunday 28th May 2017.
The idea of the weekend is to celebrate Lowestoft, what has come from Lowestoft during the 40’s and to remember it is a town to be proud of.
The event will take place from the Triangle Market, all the way down to Station square and will include the Britten centre old market area.
There will be 5 ‘Zones’. The first being the Children’s Village which will be at the Triangle market, and this will include Punch and Judy, food, drinks, entertainments and traditional Children rides. Then further along down towards Beales Department Store, this will become Be-bop Avenue where there will be a stage with a full programme for both days with live music and a 40’s Dj. London Road North, between Starbucks and Sports Direct will become Vintage Valley, and this will be a vintage vehicle display area. From Waterstones, through Britten Centre and the old market area will be Archive Avenue, with Exhibitions from the Record Office and Hoseasons, outside WH Smith there will be live shows of Lowestoft during the 40’s, and then from Boots on london Road North to Mcdonalds will be Stomper Street, this will have stalls and re-enactments.
Lowestoft Vision to improve shopper and visitor experience by controlling seagull population growth
As part of its ongoing programme in 2017 to boost Lowestoft town centre’s attractiveness to shoppers and visitors, Lowestoft Vision will be launching an innovative way of managing the resort’s large numbers of increasingly aggressive seagulls.
Over the last few months, members of Lowestoft Vision, which is part of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Lowestoft & Waveney, have been taking professional advice from Natural England and the RSPB to assist them in developing a scheme over the winter.
Whilst seagulls are a welcome resident of a traditional seaside town, the increase in population has seen a rise in complaints from customers which includes reports of having food items snatched and people feeling intimidated by them
Following a successful Mother’s Day Competition run by Lowestoft Vision through the Discover Lowestoft scheme, the lucky winner, Jenny Willer, was presented with her prize by Lowestoft mayor Nick Webb on Friday 24th March.
With over 80 nominations Nick took on the difficult role of deciding a winner. Alongside Nick were Daniel Batty from Hughes and Matt Goddard from Picture Studios who both donated generous prizes for the hamper. Jenny was accompanied by her daughter Louise who nominated her and two of her adorable grandchildren.
Nick Webb told us “This is fantastic, it is great to be involved and a really well deserved prize for such a great mum. Enjoy Mother’s Day and all the superb gifts donated. Thank you to Lowestoft Vision for running a great competition”.