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Free August bank holiday parking in Shrewsbury

Following the success of free all-day car parking introduced by Shrewsbury BID over the May bank holiday, NCP has joined the scheme for Sunday 25th and Monday 26th August, making it a town centre wide initiative.

The two-part, free parking scheme with NCP, Shropshire Council and the owners of privately managed car parks was created to encourage visitors to Shrewsbury town centre over the bank holiday and help support traders.

Kirsten Henly, Shrewsbury BID Manager, said: "We are...

Flower power hits Shrewsbury town centre

The arrival of the Shrewsbury Flower Show was given a warm welcome by Shrewsbury BID this morning with two areas of the town centre transformed with an explosion of flowers and grass benches.

The statues of Charles Darwin and Clive of India woke up to a bright and flowery start in a stunt aimed to encourage visitors from the Flower Show to spend time and discover what the town centre has to offer.

Kirsten Henly, BID manager, said:...

Key Appointment For Shrewsbury Business Improvement District

Kirsten Henly has been appointed BID Manager of the Shrewsbury Business Improvement District (BID) which became operational at the beginning of April 2014, with a £1.6 million budget to help boost trading for the 500 Shrewsbury town centre businesses it incorporates.

Kirsten led the development of the BID through her role as Business Development Manager at specialist BID agency, The Mosaic Partnership. She brings valuable BID experience from her position as Projects Co-ordinator for Colmore Business District in Birmingham...

Two top creative agencies appointed to boost town's profile

Shrewsbury BID has taken a significant step to raise Shrewsbury's profile and help boost trading for the 500 town centre businesses it represents, with the appointment of two dynamic creative agencies, Seal and Source.

Shrewsbury based communications consultancy Seal will be lead brand ambassadors for the BID, responsible for brand positioning with a full on-and-offline marketing and PR plan, whilst full service creative agency, Source, also based in Shrewsbury, will be responsible for taking a fresh creative approach to...

Shrewsbury BID launches free Sunday car parking for bank holiday weekends

Shrewsbury BID is launching FREE all-day car parking on Sunday 25th May as part of a new bank holiday weekend initiative to benefit shoppers and support traders.

Working in partnership with Shropshire Council, the two-part initiative will see free all-day parking on Sundays 25th May and Sunday 24th August in Shropshire Council's car parks in Shrewsbury town centre and most of the privately run car parks. The free offer will enable visitors to enjoy the town's independent and national...

Shrewsbury BID parking initiative boosts sales and footfall

Independent retailers and Shrewsbury's two principal shopping centres have reported a significant increase in sales and footfall on Sunday 25th May.

Following the launch of free all-day parking, footfall at the Darwin Centre and Pride Hill rose by 35% and 34% respectively, on last year's figures.

Noticing an increase in trade, Mark Lomas from Pockets in Market Square said: "Sunday was such a great day for traders, there was a real buzz in town and so many people...

Shrewsbury retailers raise a glass to independence

Shrewsbury will be the must visit place to go on Friday 4th July as independent retailers celebrate national Independents' Day.

Boutiques, small shops, delis and merchants will celebrate the day, raising a toast to their independence and Shrewsbury's unique retail offer. Bucking the national trend, Shrewsbury's independent retailers outnumber big chains on the high street by almost half. There are 400 independents out of a total of 680 retailers in the town.

To mark the occasion, independents including...

Have half term in Shrewsbury

Stuck for things to do with the kids this half-term? Panic over, Shrewsbury has got plenty of original one-offs to keep them sweet. Here are our top five suggestions.

Ride On Watch from the high street as first class racers from across the UK navigate the quirky streets in Shrewsbury's first cycling Grand Prix. In addition to high-speed races the town centre will be packed with plenty of family events including an Extreme Mountain Bike Show, bike art and...