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A message from our Chief Executive

A message from Ruth Duston OBE OC: “Happy New Year to our business members – I hope you managed to get some rest over the holiday period. Last year was a transformative and challenging year for us all, and the start of 2021 has brought with it a continued sense of uncertainty as COVID-19 cases… Read more »

Premier Inn Halves Rents for Christmas

CoStar News has revealed that Whitbread, the UK’s largest hospitality group and owner of the ubiquitous Premier Inn budget hotel chain, has written to all of its landlords saying it will pay half its December quarter rent. In a letter sent yesterday to all its landlords, Mark Anderson, Managing Director, Property & International at Whitbread… Read more »

Looking after your eyes

With the number of people working from home in the future expected to double, the likelihood that we will be spending more time than usual looking at screens is bad news for our eyes. Increased laptop use, constantly checking our mobiles and unwinding in front of the TV in the evening adds up to a… Read more »

Online Christmas Advent Calendar

To help you countdown to Christmas, the South Westminster BIDs will be hosting an online Christmas Advent Calendar from 1-25 December. Each weekday, until 18 December, there will be one or more spectacular prizes to win including an Afternoon tea for 2 with champagne in the tea lounge at St Ermin’s Hotel, a £75 voucher… Read more »

South Westminster BIDs Virtual Events – November

This month we are back with more virtual events Less Stress, More Focus We all know what it’s like to feel stressed – being under pressure is a normal part of life. Becoming overwhelmed by stress can lead to mental health problems. Mindfulness has received growing attention recently, with studies highlighting that it can support… Read more »

Lockdown restrictions

As the country enters a second lockdown, we’ve put together a quick summary of the new restrictions in place, economic support available to our business community and what the BID is doing to help. Overview of new measures: – The following businesses have to close: all non-essential retail, hospitality (although takeaway is allowed), indoor and… Read more »

Virtual Christmas Party Packages

There is talk Christmas won’t be the same this year, but there’s still the opportunity to celebrate with colleagues and friends while supporting your local business community. The South Westminster BIDs have teamed up with local businesses to offer you virtual Christmas party packages. Whether you fancy a Michelin star bespoke dinner, a pamper evening,… Read more »

Keeping our community safe

Information is needed to help detect and prevent knife crime, but there are barriers that stop this being shared. The Hard Calls Saves Lives campaign aims to help people overcome some of these barriers and encourage them to make a call to Crimestoppers if things don’t feel right. We know that it can be difficult… Read more »

A look back on our year

Last month, we launched our Annual Report at the Victoria Westminster BID AGM. The report outlines the work delivered by the BID last year against our core themes of ‘Public Realm’, ‘Clean and Green, ‘Safe and Secure’, ‘Sustainable Prosperity’ and ‘Destination Victoria Westminster’. Read the report here.