Work­ing to keep the streets of Bath safe at night

Bath Chronicle - - BUSINESS -

Bath BID is a wel­come new ad­di­tion to our spon­sors for the Bath Busi­ness Awards and has also launched its own hon­ours, the Bath BID Awards for its levy pay­ers. This will high­light or­gan­i­sa­tions that are mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in five ar­eas - wel­come, smart, safe, clean and pros­per­ous. This week they look at safe

Bath is known to be a safe place but it is a work­ing city with ur­ban chal­lenges and a thriv­ing night-time econ­omy. Many or­gan­i­sa­tions and lo­cal busi­nesses work hard and col­lab­o­ra­tively to keep it se­cure. The Bath Busi­ness Im­prove­ment District (known as the Bath BID Com­pany) takes a lead in this area by fund­ing Nightwatch ra­dios for late night venues, pubs and restau­rants and pro­vid­ing Bath BID mar­shals who keep the streets safe and wel­com­ing on week­end evenings. The Bath BID Com­pany is keen to recog­nise the work of its part­ners; the city cen­tre busi­nesses who are part of keep­ing the city streets safe and well man­aged. The Safe award will be given to a busi­ness in the city which makes a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the se­cu­rity of the night time en­vi­ron­ment for work­ers, vis­i­tors and res­i­dents. There are loads of great ex­am­ples of peo­ple work­ing to­gether to share great ideas and sup­port each other to make it work bet­ter. One re­cent ex­am­ple came about in re­sponse to the con­cerns of a worried par­ent who wanted to en­sure pubs and clubs in the area were able to un­der­stand the be­hav­iour of peo­ple with autism. The Bath Bid Nightwatch team ran a train­ing ses­sion for city cen­tre night-time busi­nesses. The meet­ing was well at­tended by city mar­shals, the CCTV team, bar and club man­agers. The au­di­ence learnt how to recog­nise be­hav­iour as­so­ci­ated with autism, and how best to re­spond in those sit­u­a­tions within the night-time econ­omy. Af­ter the talk, in­for­ma­tion was passed onto staff who come into con­tact with the pub­lic, par­tic­u­larly door staff. Jenny Adams, Nightwatch Ranger for Bath BID Com­pany said: “We have re­ceived pos­i­tive feed­back on the talk and or­gan­i­sa­tions have been im­ple­ment­ing what was learned. It’s great to have a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing about cus­tomers’ po­ten­tial needs and how we can help them.” Does your favourite pub, club or restau­rant in the city of Bath do some­thing special that helps peo­ple stay safe at night? If so, nom­i­nate it for a Bath BID Award. All Bath BID busi­ness mem­bers can nom­i­nate them­selves. Win­ners will be an­nounced at the Bath BID AGM on Oc­to­ber 2 at the Hil­ton. The over­all win­ner, the Bath BID Busi­ness Awards Cham­pion, will be an­nounced at the Bath Chron­i­cle Busi­ness Awards in Novem­ber. To nom­i­nate go to www.bath­bid.co.uk/the-bath-bidawards.

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