Diary of a BID Ambassador

The summer wind down into autumn has been busy for the Positively Putney team.

September kicked off with the Positively Putney Summer Party which also launched the Taste of Putney Fortnight, showcasing food and drink businesses around Putney.

In the first week of September, the ambassadors were busy delivering over 2500 brochures to residents surrounding the town centre to let them know about all the amazing deals being offered during the two weeks. The whole Putney BID team were out and about on the 8th September around Church Square and Putney wharf for party day, so we hope you managed to get down and say hi, even if it was a bit of an overcast day.

The end of summer also saw the launch of the partnership project ‘For Fishes Sake’ (FFSLDN). Run by Hubbub in collaboration with Positively Putney, Wandsworth Council and the Port of London Authority, the FFSLDN campaign saw the installation of a number of unique marketing materials designed to remind Putney users that litter, if not disposed of correctly, can very easily end up in the waterways. The BID ambassador has been responsible for monitoring these installations and reporting back to Hubbub if maintenance was required.

While promoting Taste of Putney, the BID team have also been working to launch the Prefer Putney discount card for employees of BID businesses. The ambassadors were working hard to ensure that all businesses were ready for the launch of Prefer Putney by delivering and then collecting offer forms. We have also been promoting the card to all of the business employees once it launched in the middle of October. For those of you who work in the local area, you may have seen a poster in your staff room or kitchen to remind you to sign up for your own discount card. These cards are all hand delivered by the BID ambassador once an employee has signed up.

You may have noticed some pumpkins appearing in shop windows around Putney. Put up by our BID ambassador for the half term, the 12 pumpkins are for a Halloween trail which has been running from the 18th October until 2nd November. Trails can be collected from the Library, Putney Arts Theatre, some participating businesses and restaurants, and are kept well stocked by our ambassador. Make sure you find them all by Friday because they will be disappearing after 2pm.

Community Clean have been contracted by the BID to spend one day a fortnight doing additional deep cleaning and targeting ‘grot spots’ to assist in maintaining a Pristine Putney. Businesses can report areas they think should be targeted during their ambassador visit, or report by email directly to the BID ambassador who will add them to Community Clean’s list in order of urgency. There are already a number of tasks added to this list from environmental reports made by the ambassador and from information collected during business visits, but new information is always welcome.

Positively Putney are also working to build up a great collection of photos which can be used in publications and to promote all the fantastic businesses that are a part of the Business Improvement District. You may have seen our ambassador walking around with her big camera to collect some of these photos, or you may even have been asked to allow photos to be taken in store. You can always send through photos to the BID team or, if you have a special event, display or collection, please let the BID team know so that our ambassador can come and take some pictures. We love to support all our businesses, especially when they are doing something special.

The days are getting shorter which means Christmas is drawing closer. Positively Putney want to encourage everyone to shop local and have been busy creating a brochure about Christmas in Putney. We are also collecting information about businesses that do something special for Christmas. Please make sure to let us know, either during your ambassador visit or via email, if you decorate, have a window display, launch a seasonal menu, provide a shopping incentive, have varied or late night opening hours, close for the festive season or run an event.

If you spot an issue or need some help, feel free to approach our BID ambassador while she is patrolling Putney. She is our friendly Ambassador and is easy to spot in the Positively Putney jacket. Make sure to come and say hello.

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