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Retailers meeting notes

Meeting notes of retailers 14th of March at the Crown

Present: Richard & Kim Stilwell Bridgnorth Print, Jenny Bone My Little Wedding Shop, Carianne Bishop The Cake Room, Emma Mitchell Creative Outlet, Sally Themans Love Bridgnorth, Good2Great Maggie The Travel Wallet, Val Blount Vals B Jewellery Linda Baker Linelle, Andrew Corfield The Crown. Trish & Nigel Clarke Wool&More, Chrissy & Steve Elphrick Kitt, Carly Finch & Parvinder Malhi Boots Opticians, Jason McCoomb Bamboo.

Apologies: Deb Meredith Tea & Roses, Michelle Ealey Hopskotch, Sarah Truswell Mustard, Dawn Jones Mothers Goodies, Kevin Bellwood Roobarb, Debbie Richards Hallmark, Michelle No 10, Mark Carter Tanners, Cara Urban Angel, Vanessa Sainsburys, Kate King, Paul Taylor Graze, Roy Chill Salon, Nina Livingbox, Ben Shelbys, Carl BN Gifts.

Warm welcome to new faces and new shops – Trish & Nigel from Wool&More Central Court and Carly & Parvinder Boots Opticians.

Matters from last meeting

Sally to ask Town Council whether it was planning on putting up bunting this year.

Duck Race- Easter Monday 22 April

Bridgnorth Lions organising – raising money for Search & Rescue. Richard Stilwell is President of the Lions. A great way to focus on Bridgnorth’s river heritage – agreed to all get behind it with co- ordinated window displays and treasure trail (or some way to get people around all the shops). Appetite for race with public seems high (Love Bridgnorth post about was shared 94 times and so far reached 15.3k people!!)

1000 reusable ducks to be used. £3 to sponsor a duck. Activity and PA system on Quayside. Jen Bone mentioned power on Quayside – combined approach to be made to Bridgnorth Town Council from Music & Arts Festival and Lions to see if some electrics could be installed.

Window Displays

Emma (Creative Outlet) & Carianne (Cake Room) have again offered to help and be a source of inspiration of all things duck related. Please get in touch with them. Also ducks for displays can be borrowed from BN Print. It would be fantastic for Bridgnorth to have a real duck theme from 1st April. Should also be newsworthy – hope to get papers and Radio Shropshire interested – but need to all work together at this (like Poppies) concerted effort please.

To really create a buzz around the event and steer people to High Street and Low Town businesses, from Monday 15th April there will be a ‘Golden Duck Hunt’ – a golden duck to be hidden in a shop’s window display and once found – Easter Egg reward for finder – and golden duck to be passed to another business to try to get people searching all over town. Can anyone ask Turners Top Shop/Aldersons if they want to be involved please?

Lots of support for window displays and duck hunt on Love Bridgnorth Twitter, FB and Instagram. Wonder whether Tesco and/or Sainsburys can help with donations of chocolate egg prizes??

Shops to ‘sell’ duck sponsorship – so far:

The Cake Room, Creative Outlet, Boots Opticians, Linelle, Wool & More, Kitt, The Travel Wallet, The Crown, Menz Room, The Male Box, Hopscotch, Bridgnorth Print, Bamboo?

Posters available for all shops (really nice) can be collected from BN Print.

Carnival

To be held on Sunday 23 June this year. 12.30 parade. Idea of retailers float? Not much enthusiasm. Suggestion was made – and generally thought to be a good idea – to see if the procession could be re-routed? Retailers present felt it was a bad idea to move it to a Sunday – and certainly should not have been done at their behest or before it was properly established. Felt it was maybe the market traders who wanted the change (although Emma – who had market stall in previous years – thought it had been a good thing for business).

Carnival Open Meetings are:

Dates for Music Festival

Really short of volunteers. Please if anyone can help? Or spread the word! Thurs 22nd – Monday 26th August.

Crime

WhatsApp still being a really good tool to combat shoplifting and alert others – also working well currently on the Pub Watch scheme. However – Bridgnorth seems to have been targeted a lot recently.
Also general reports of ever increasing and now blatant drug dealing – seemed everyone in the room had witnessed open dealing in last couple of weeks.

Police support excellent when MLW was broken into.
Concerted request from the retail group to explore further CCTV coverage – especially of steps and Waterloo terrace.

Approach to be made to police for another training session please – or attendance at next meeting please?

Next Meeting

Thursday 2 May 5.45 at Bamboo – All welcome please put date in diaries!

On the agenda: Parking charges, Park and Ride during weekdays, loss of retailers (8 since Christmas) .

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