Businesses Join Forces To Spruce Up Area

Businesses across the St Peters Quarter Business Improvement District (BID) will hold their final Tidy Day event of the year on Tuesday November 10.

Representatives from Ann Summers, Babington Arms, Barclays, John M Lewis, G Wathall & Son, Central United reformed Church, NCP, Subway, McDonalds, Tesco as well as Greggs, Boots and Marks & Spencer – under their commitment to the BID Area via the Business in the Community Healthy High Streets initiative - will meet at 7am and then split into groups to collect rubbish around the area, armed with litter pickers, gloves and bags.

They will join the St Peters Quarter Rangers and Derby City Council’s Street Pride team for an early morning litter pick which is organised by the St Peters Quarter BID and sponsored by McDonalds in St Peter’s Street.

The initiative is part of the Business Improvement District’s (BID) objective to improve the visitor experience in the area which is the core retail heart of the city centre between the Cathedral Quarter and Intu Derby shopping centre.

Among the businesses taking part is the Babington Arms public house in Babington Lane.  Manager Amber Beedom explained why the initiative is so important to their business and the area as a whole.

“As a business, we check the outside of our premises every half an hour and clear up any rubbish and cigarette ends.  We have also spruced up the front of our pub with hanging baskets and provided a designated seating area for customers.

“As a 5* hygiene rated establishment, it is important for the front of our premises to reflect the cleanliness behind the scenes and we are mindful that customers, visitors to the area and our neighbouring businesses do not want rubbish left at the entrance and on the street.

“It is vital that all the businesses in St Peters Quarter work together to keep the streets clean and tidy to create the right impression to visitors and to drive more footfall into and around the area.”

Helen Wathall, a member of St Peters Quarter BID Board which drives forward activities under the area’s Business Improvement District (BID) status said: “Keeping the streets in St Peters Quarter clean and tidy is an important part of our overall aim to improve the visitor experience and attract more people back into the area.

“The Business Tidy Up initiatives help to raise the profile of what every business should be doing to contribute to this overall aim and we commend businesses such as the Babington Arms who take their responsibilities seriously day in, day out.”

Street Pride area manager Simon Aitken added: “Working closely with St Peters Quarter BID on initiatives such as this enables my team to better understand the needs of the business community. In turn, we can feedback on how businesses can take simple, but effective measures to keep our city tidier.”

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