With Christmas just around the corner, everyone has a reason to be visiting the city and supporting our wonderful vibrant shops and businesses. We are spreading the “shop local safely” message far and wide through marketing and press (including coverage this week on ITV).
Safety of course remains a top priority for everyone and we know you have all worked incredibly hard to make your premises Covid-secure. As before, measures are now in place to limit the number of people entering shops, encouraging social distancing, hand sanitiser stations and carrying out more frequent cleaning.
To find out what is happening in Canterbury over the festive period, you can:
- Browse the Canterbury Christmas Guide
- Find out about extended shopping hours & where you can grab a take away
- Browse the online local shopping guide and more on MyCanterbury
- Make Christmas gift-buying easy with the Canterbury Gift Card
- Enjoy a walk around the city to explore the Christmas lights and the Festive Selfie Trail
In more news:
- We appreciate it is an incredibly busy time, to say the least, but we are running a consultation on the Council’s proposed changes to car parking prices, including aworkshop on 9 Dec from 8:30-10am via zoom and survey, running until 21 Dec. Find out how you can have your say here.
- We are also holding elections for the BID Board in January and will let you know dates for that next week. In the meantime, you can browse the nominees here.
Business Support and Guidance
Business Grants. Business grants are open for applications for 30 days after national lockdown restrictions are lifted. Grants are now being paid weekly as soon as the application (and all supporting documentation) is reviewed and approved.
PLEASE NOTE: Businesses are urged to include as much information as they can on their application and ensure that all supporting documents are uploaded. If any information is missing, it will slow down the process. If you have received a confirmation email, your grant application is being reviewed.
Kent is now in Tier 3 (very high alert). The restrictions came into force on Wednesday 2 December and are scheduled to be reviewed on 16 December. We will ensure you are kept updated with anything that is affected by the new Tier level. If you’re still unsure on what that means you can find out here.Please keep going, we know how hard it’s been, but the only way we beat this virus is by working together to limit its spread.
With 30 days to go, there’s not long left for you to ensure that your business is ready for the EU Transition period to end. The new rules for businesses and citizens will apply from 1 January 2021. Visit Kent have gathered some helpful guidance documents HERE and will continue to lobby for our tourism industry through the Tourism Industry Emergency Response (TIER) Group that meets regularly to discuss both Brexit and the Covid19 Pandemic.
Check the Government guidance on Brexit transition HERE. You need to act now if you’re:
- importing goods from the EU
- exporting goods to the EU
- moving goods to or from Northern Ireland
- travelling to the EU
- living and working in the EU
- staying in the UK if you’re an EU citizen
Parking charges are changing. We are running a workshop where you can express your views about the Council’s proposed changes to car parking prices and ideas for parking incentives and discounts onWednesday 9 December from 8:30-10am. Your feedback will be be collated into a report that will be sent to the council to contribute to the consultation running from 23 Nov – 11 Jan.
Register for the workshop HERE
Fill in the survey HERE
The government has compiled guidance for the Christmas period advising on travel, visiting relatives, Santa’s grottos, choir performances, and what is and isn’t allowed during the Christmas window of 23 -27 December. Find out more HERE
- Kent and Medway Growth Hub’s business support page for Canterbury
- Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough)
- Self Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS)
- Bounce Back Loan “Top-up”
- Regulation and Licensing advice for Kent businesses
With Christmas all around us and our lovely shops open for business, it’s really important there’s lots of festive marketing and communications to keep reminding people to choose Canterbury as their Christmas shopping destination. We have produced a REALLY useful Christmas Campaign Page for you to use for FREE. We have adapted it so there’s loads of digital content that supports shopping local safely. We also have lots of great images of Canterbury at Christmas. Please go ahead and make the most of our toolkit. Here’s what you will find:
- Christmas Shopping Map
- Photos of Canterbury
- Christmas Campaign Images
- Festive Hashtags
- Dedicated Christmas Home Page
- Canterbury Christmas Guide (available soon)
The BID’s marketing platform, MyCanterbury platform, has some impressive stats to share with you….. In the last 30 days, our MyCanterbury Facebook account has reached over 69,000 people and has gained 200 new followers in just one week!! That’s 200 more people who can see YOUR promotions -so please tell us what you’d like sent out and we will do it for FREE! Please email Rachel.
We are marking the countdown to Christmas with a special Festive Window Advent Calendar -posted out to our thousands of MyCanterbury subscribers. This is to celebrate all the wonderful businesses and your festive window displays that make our city centre such a joy this time of year. Each day we feature a different shop window and tell our followers about that shop. Take a peek HERE and see the windows opened already.
Some local businesses are extending their opening hours (and days) to enable shoppers to spread out their visits and keep safe. Whitefriars Shopping Centre will be posting a weekly overview of all shopping centre businesses HERE. To help you plan your opening hours we have compiled a useful list of all that we know HERE. Please keep us posted so we can update regularly.
Welcome to our newest arrival to Canterbury, a new vintage clothes shop called Karma in Burgate. The store which supports sustainable fashion is a welcome addition to Canterbury’ diverse and eclectic collection of independent shopsand will be very popular with all ages. Please do pop in and say hello to the new owners Klaudia & Waseem.
As our city reawakens after lockdown, the Westgate Hall is offering a range of festive markets in it’s spacious Covid-safe venue. Why not pop in and have peek -here’s what’s on:
- Sat 5 Dec Canterbury Record Fair
- Sat 12 Dec Canterbury Postcard and Collectors Fair
- Sun 13 Dec Worth the Weight Vintage market
- Sat 19 & Sun 20 Dec Westgate Hall Market bumper weekend
Congratulations to the Camomile Rooms in St Margaret’s Street for their astonishing 28th year trading. For any business, celebrating a 28th anniversary is an amazing achievement and particularly in recent times. The salon run by owner Maxine Carney prides itself on offering first-class beauty treatments at affordable prices. Why not check them out here
Canterbury’s shoppers can sip mulled wine and browse festive goods over the next few weeks. Whitefriars have a small number of wooden huts in Whiteriars Square and Rose Lane, plus Canterbury Makers have an indoor market in the former Monsoon and Accessorize units. In addition, The Cricketers at the bottom of the high street are planning a Christmas take-away stand outside their pub selling drinks and yummy Sri Lankan curries every Saturday. Let us know what else is on offer so we can promote you.
Shops across the Canterbury district teamed up last week as part of the #BuyLocalBlackFriday campaign, reminding the public why it is now more important than ever to support independent businesses. David Moore, owner of Dice and Destiny on the Borough, generated interest from a much wider audience looking for ways to keep entertained saying “everyone I spoke to was saying ‘I’m really bored of Netflix and playing the same videogame again.” Read the article HERE
Canterbury featured on ITV this week, with Jon Mills from Canterbury Brewers and Distillers at The Foundry Brew Pub talking about the need to support hospitality businesses and BID CEO Lisa Carlson encouraging all of us to shop local. This is part of raising awareness of the #BounceBackBetter campaign and the need for more support and certainty beyond March 2021.
Did you catch Paul O’Grady’s show on Wednesday? The ITV program called Paul O’Grady’s Great British Escape travels round Kent exploring some of it’s most interesting places. Last night’s episode showcased the jewel in Canterbury crown, the Cathedral which saw him scale the heights of the main tower. Click HERE to see the episode on catch-up
If you spot some of the Christmas lights have been removed in St Margaret’s Street (in front of Stag Coffee) this is because the glow of the lights was blocking the CCTV camera that looks onto the Hawks Lane bollard system. We hope you agree the street still looks beautifully festive -but we now have the added bonus this area is fully visible to our CCTV operators.
Travel and Amenities
A section of the M20 will close for four nights starting next week, as part of post-Brexit traffic management. Highways England will be trying to place a movable barrier onto the M20 as part of Operation Brock, and live testing will take place from Friday 11 December for four nights with signed diversions in place on various sections of the M20 between Maidstone and Ashford. Once deployed, the barrier will allow traffic to continue travelling in both directions on the London-bound side, while the other is used for queuing lorries. Find out more here
Following Southeastern’s reduced timetable on 16 November in response to the lockdown, they are now introducing more services from 7 December,particularly when trains are busiest. To see details of the changes from 7 December, check the online journey planner.
There will be a Christmas timetable running between 24th December and 3rd January with no train services running on Christmas Day or Boxing Day.
Check the traffic operations map from KCC. It allows you to see existing and planned road interruptions and other temporary changes to the road network – and see who is responsible for them along with information for road users.
Zoom in to wherever you want to check your area! See the map here
St Stephen’s Road –Closures are planned in two phases from 6 December at 12.30am to 7 December at 5am. Also from 11 January at 12.30am to 12 January at 5am
St John’s Place –The road will be closed in the general vicinity of number 10 from 7 December for about 5 days
Old Park Avenue –The road will be closed outside 47 Old Park Avenue from 7 December for up to 7 days to enable burst water main repairs to be carried out by South East Water.
Regency Place –The road will be closed in the general vicinity of number 38 from 22-24 December between the hours of 9am – 6pm.
Lime Kiln Road – Waiting and loading will be in prohibited from 7 December 2020 Mon- Fri between 6am- 6pm, until 17 October 2021. It will also be necessary to prohibit waiting and loading on 3 parking bays on Gordon Road from outside number 35 to number 38, as and when indicated by appropriate signage and cones placed on site.