Statement to InExeter members from Chair, Patrick Cunningham

I would like to start by thanking all of our levy payers for their hard work during this difficult time. We hope that you, your employees and your families are well.

We’ve been inspired, but not surprised by, the dynamism of Exeter businesses in adapting to the ‘new normal’. The Exeter retail and business community has always been a strong one and it’s safe to say you’ve risen to the challenge. We’ve seen businesses working together to launch home delivery services seemingly overnight, provide online events and activities for people to enjoy from home and others operating as essential services for the public. This situation is incredibly tough for every business and we will continue to do everything in our power to support you.

Over the past weeks the team has been liaising with national BID groups to lobby government for more support on your behalf, working with Exeter City Council to help facilitate grants and other funding opportunities and with other business groups including Exeter Chamber and the FSB to begin to focus on the future. A specially formed Exeter Stronger Together task force will see us working with partners across the city on re-launch, working on getting Exeter back up and running.

Through the InExeter website and social media channels we’re sharing information on business support (visit www.inexeter.com/coronavirus) and sharing your offers and news to promote the businesses which are still able to operate either online or in person. Please use the #WeSupportExeter and #InExeter hashtags to share your news with us via our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.
We are working on a number of campaigns including an online Indie Festival and a series of videos sharing best practice for selling online and building your social media following, so you can keep communicating with your customers. If you would like to be part of either please contact Interim BID Manager, Emily Gibbon.

As we start to understand more about how and when the lockdown will be eased, we will continue to work on your behalf, in support of our city centre. This is an enormous challenge globally but communities sticking together and working as one is going to be vital as we emerge from this – we feel very privileged to be part of it.
Stay safe.

Patrick Cunningham
Chair of InExeter

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