Visit Altrincham Website
Visit Altrincham is the dedicated visitor information platform for the town. BID Businesses are profiled via their own individual listing as well by business sector and geographical area. There is also an opportunity for BID businesses to showcase their offers and events.
Events & Campaigns
There are opportunities throughout the year for BID businesses to get involved with town centre events whether by making special offers to mark particular occasions, or through window dressing competitions or town trails. These opportunities are a great way of promoting your business to a wider audience and to also encourage new customers into your business.
BID Business Cost Saving Scheme
The BID offers impartial support to businesses on how they can be more efficient with their traditional operating costs.
The aim of the service is to identify, assist and realise direct benefit for the businesses through reviewing and making recommendations on key areas of their business expenditure.
The services include:
- Energy - Electricity & Gas (Procurement, Management and Efficiency)
- Water - Procurement, Auditing, Measurement
- Telecoms - Fixed Line, Mobile, Broadband, Digital Support, IT Support, Design Services, Hosting
- Merchant Services - Credit Card Terminals, Online Trading Platforms, Cardless Technology, E-Merchant Solutions
- Pest Control Services - Annual Contracts, Spot Cleaning and Commercial Sanitisation
- Insurance - Commercial Buildings & Contents, Employers Liability, Public Liability etc
If you are an Altrincham BID business and would like to meet the representative from ‘Place Support Partnership’ on their next visit to Altrincham, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Altrincham BID provides business training for BID businesses on subject areas agreed by the BID board which are designed to support and boost business in Altrincham. For example;
- Social Media Training Courses
- Project Griffin Counter Terrorism Training
If you would like to find out more about training courses and opportunities, please email email@example.com
There is also more information about FREE Online training courses for BID businesses below.
Free Online Courses
Altrincham BID have partnered with a local e-learning provider Embrace Resilience to offer BID businesses a range of online courses. These certificated courses can be completed at your own pace and at a time when is convenient for you and are open to your staff and their families.
Personal Resilience and Compliance Training courses are recognised by the NHS and CPD governing bodies. Each course normally retails at £12 or £18 per head but are available free of charge to all Altrincham BID businesses their employees and families. More information below.
Embrace Resilience Courses
Mental Health and Wellbeing
- Mental Health First Aid
- Becoming A Wellbeing Champion
- Managing Stress and Anxiety
- The Menopause and Mental Health
- Food Hygiene Level 2
- General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
- First Aid
- Fire Safety
Purple Flag - Night-time economy business support
The BID is working with town's night-time economy businesses on Purple Flag accreditation. Purple Flag is similar to the Green Flag award for Parks and the blue flag award for beaches.
Purple Flag towns and cities have shown that they are well-managed and offer a safe, vibrant, appealing positive experience to customers and visitors. They are welcoming to everyone, offer safe ways to travel home and provide a good mix of venues and entertainment that appeal to a range of age groups, with a strong emphasis on families.
As a result of solid partnership working Purple Flag towns and cities generally benefit from a higher quality environment, more visitors and lower crime and anti-social behaviour. If you would like more information or to get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BID Business Networking Events
The BID hosts regular business networking events including:
- Annual event with GM Mayor
- Guest speaker events
These regular business networking opportunities support BID businesses by providing a place for them to strengthen their local relationships. By doing this, they sow the seeds for reciprocal assistance when they need help to achieve their goals. Exchanging information on challenges, experiences and sharing ideas is a key benefit of networking.
Business Sustainable Travel Guide
The BID is committed to helping Altrincham's businesses and their employees make the right travel choices, and by doing so to improve their productivity, health and wellbeing. More information and advice is available via Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM). Download the TfGM Employee Journey Planning Guide.
Information is also available to help businesses create their own Business Travel Plans. Download a travel plan tool kit.
Altrincham BID has a Business Walking and Cycling Group. This group meets quarterly, and its key objective is to look at ways to support and encourage Altrincham's business community to cycle, walk and use more sustainable modes of transport. If you would be interested in joining the group please let us know by emailing email@example.com.
Greening and Cleaning
The BID funds a rolling programme of high-pressure deep cleaning, and regular clean-ups in the unadopted areas, the alleys and ginnels.
The railing planters at Altrincham Interchange are also funded by the BID including seasonal planting and maintenance. The BID also sponsors two planters on George Street, and operates a hanging basket scheme for BID businesses.
Altrincham BID also supports two of the town’s voluntary organisations, Our Altrincham and Altrincham in Bloom, by funding their insurance. This supports the volunteers to maintain the planting around the town and for it to be regularly litter picked.
Christmas Lights and Seasonal Lighting
The BID funds the town wide Christmas lighting scheme which has been extended and enhanced in the BID’s second term. Investment is also being made in a festoon lighting scheme for two of the town’s alleys and ginnels.
The BID also funds the seasonal tree lights which come on as the clocks change in the Autumn and remain on until the Spring. They are situated on:
- Stamford New Road
- Lloyd Street
- Goose Green
- Altrincham Interchange
Altrincham BID produces a varied events programme throughout the year from the town's annual Lantern Parade to business networking events. There are a number of opportunities to sponsor these events. Sponsorship will help to increase the visibility of your company or brand to different audiences and help you to target specific demographics, whether that's through sponsoring a community or business event.
Find out more about sponsorship opportunities below.
The BID has an average reach across all social media platforms of over 50K per week. BID businesses are able to utilise these platforms. Businesses can tag the BID into posts or request dedicated posts as part of specific campaigns. The BID will also share press releases and new stories on behalf of BID businesses, both as online promotions on Visit Altrincham and on social media.