Business & Community – Weybridge Town Business Group
WEYBRIDGE TOWN BUSINESS GROUP
Local Businesses working together and with local groups and bodies to:
- Improve the town centre and promote Weybridge as an attractive place to regularly visit for shopping, entertainment and services.
- Build successful business relationships
- Encourage key stakeholders to support growth of our businesses
The Local Community Needs A Thriving Weybridge Town Centre
Weybridge businesses and the local community have a shared interest in ensuring the town centre thrives, so that it is an attractive place to visit and can offer a good range of shops, entertainment and services.
By creating an environment in which local businesses thrive, entrepreneurs are rewarded for their investment, initiatives, risks and work. This secures the long-term prospects for the town and encourages further investment and jobs instead of a decline and abandoned town centre.
Successful Weybridge businesses will be able to provide local jobs and generate a healthy local economy. The mutual benefits for the community and businesses will make the town a more pleasant place to live and work. We would ask all local businesses to take up the opportunities offered by the initiatives of the business group and to enthusiatically join us.
“As a high street retailer, I cannot stress how important our role is to support, be creative with and, most importantly, just simply be involved in making high streets like Weybridge go-to shopping destinations and not go-through ones. If everyone does their bit, no matter how small, the impact on the high street can be huge and you will have helped Weybridge to take pride in itself, boost sales and create a fantastic community spirit for the good of all. Go on, get involved!”Theo Paphitis
MEETINGS AND MEMBERSHIP
New Members Welcome
Meetings are held monthly so please come along and get involved. Hear about our plans have your say, and meet representatives of other local businesses / organisations.
Current members, please bring a friend and sign them up to the business group!
Meetings usually start at 6pm and finish by 7.30pm.
The last meeting was on Wednesday 21st February at Waitrose.
For more information about the meeting, click on the image above.
AIMS, PLANS & ACHIEVEMENTS
Aims Of Weybridge Town Business Group
To build successful business relationships, that encourage and influence key stakeholders to support our growth.
Key Stakeholders include:
– Elmbridge Borough Council
– Surrey County Council
Residents and Community
– Weybridge Society
- To encourage investment in the Town
- Develop a Town Vision for the future
- Use CIL Funds to achieve short term aims
- Create a Dementia Friendly community
- Organise events that encourage Town success
- Increase membership of the group
- Raise funds to support aims
- Weybridge Businesses and town to be promoted on website (All About Weybridge chosen as partner)
- Loyalty card scheme
Town Action Plan
The action plan is another step in the development of our partnership, bringing together the business group, Weybridge Society, St James’ Church and the Borough Council to work together to improve our town centre. The draft action plan draws together the priorities for the next 12 months.
To be successful we will need to support and engage across all of those involved and to work together to achieve more than we could do on our own.
- Sharing and Discussion on Aims
- Signage Improvements
- Environmental Improvements
- Communication Aims
- Partnership Aims
- Artist In Residence Scheme
- Dementia Friendly Community
- Potential BID Opportunitiess.
Achievements To Date Include:
A Growing Membership
A More Influential Position With Council / Authority
- Great Weybridge Cake-Off & Market
- Prudential RideLondon Surrey Cycle Ride
- Autumn Farmers Market
- Christmas Market
Town A Bit Smarter
Less Vacant Businesses
Two Successful CIL Bids ( Christmas / Banners / Signage)
Proposals To Consider For Future
Events Organised / Planned For 2018
Weybridge Parking Project 2017/18
Initiative In Association With Weybridge Society – see Parking Project Page
“Perfect! You guys are rocking the spirit of what a community craft fair should be like! Too many people have corporate-ised it these days.
PROMOTING THE TOWN CENTRE
Events – Current Year
The events and dates planned for 2018 are:
The Great Weybridge Cake-Off and Artisan Food & Craft Market on Weybridge Green, on Saturday 5th May
Weybridge Community Day & Prudential Ride London Surrey
on Monument Green Sunday 29th July
Christmas Market Event Saturday 1st December
Events – Last Year
Weybridge Town Business Group organised and ran 4 successful events in 2017:
The Great Weybridge Cake-Off and Artisan Food & Craft Market on Weybridge Green in April
Weybridge Community Day & Prudential Ride London Surrey
on Monument Green in July
Autumn Farmers Market
on Monument Green in September
Christmas Market Event in Baker Street in December
Events – 2016 and 2017
Click on the buttons for information about the 4 successful events in held in each of the previous two years.
Promoting The Town Centre – Website
Weybridge Town Business Group has teamed up with All About Weybridge (the leading Weybridge website for over 8 years) to publicise it’s events and activities.
All About Weybridge also has a very strong presence on Google and other search engines and on social media, including over 6,000 followers on Twitter.
Local businesses are encouraged to contact All About Weybridge for their publicity needs.
They have affordable and flexible advertising which can benefit each client directly as well as encouraging more footfall in Weybridge town centre, to the benefit of all Weybridge businesses.
Please mention Weybridge Town Business Group when you contact All About Weybridge to receive some bonus publicity.
OUR NEXT EVENT
The Great Weybridge Cake Off & Artisan Market
On Weybridge Green Saturday 5th May 2018
This Successful Community Fun & Shopping Event will return in 2018
Last year, 73 Cakes Entered Were Entered
Prize Categories For Adults & Children
Prizes Donated By Local Traders Were Presented By TV Celebrity Ruth Langsford
A Great Selection Of Food & Craft Market Stalls.
Events like this are great fun and do a lot to promote the local community and keep the town centre alive!
If you’d like to volunteer to help at this or any of the other events run by Weybridge Town Business Group, you would be very welcome.
Please contact Gill or Sharon, their contact details are at the end of this page.