Supporting Bankside’s businesses through Covid-19

Supporting Bankside's businesses
  • Date Tuesday, 24 November 2020

2020 has thrown unprecedented challenges at Bankside’s businesses and our neighbourhood. We have adapted to new ways of working and developed new initiatives in response to emerging business needs, but our core purpose remains the same – to support Bankside’s business community. 

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Kate Poulter

We’re listening to Bankside business owners to understand the challenges you face and how we can best respond to your needs.  If you want to discuss how we might be able to help, or if you have any questions, we’re only ever a phone call away. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Back to Bankside

We know many Banksiders are keen, where possible, to cycle to work. To help those who are curious but lack confidence, we’ve launched the Bankside Bike Train – a series of guided cycle rides with qualified instructors picking up from various London locations and bringing you to Bankside via selected risk assessed routes. Check our events pages for any upcoming rides.

Better Bankside has always advocated the benefits of cycling but we’ve ramped up our suite of free initiatives to those who work in the area with regular Dr Bike health checks, a Brompton bike loan scheme and new secure cycle park with increased capacity and a digital, contact free entry system 24/7.

Building confidence in public spaces

Practical measures have been implemented such as on-street pedal powered hand sanitiser stations and a deep cleaning regime using anti microbial treatment on high contact touch points. If you’d like the exterior entrance to your business treated with an anti microbial treatment prior to reoccupation, please let us know. Our responsive street cleaning team continue to work hard to keep the area clean seven days a week, and our wardens act as our eyes on the ground, providing a reassuring presence in the neighbourhood.

We’re creatively animating spaces to aid social distancing. Our Park your Backside benches highlight outdoor perching spots and our Bankside Rules markers ask you to stand apart from the crowd. Email us if you need any floor markers for queues or spaces outside your business.

Working in partnership with Southwark Council and TfL measures  have been implemented on Borough High Street, Southwark Street and and Great Suffolk Street to allow space for physical distancing and cyclists. A new Low Traffic Neighbourhood in and around Great Suffolk Street is being trialed.

Supporting the hospitality sector

The hospitality sector has been particularly hard hit and we have been working to help businesses trade in this new environment and ensure Bankside is managed with a code of good practice to the benefit of all. We’ve provided free access to a digital ordering platform to help staff and customers with contact free processes, to reduce queuing and build consumer confidence. A new Pavement Licence has streamlined the licensing process for outdoor seating; we have produced additional guidance to get operations up and running.

We’ve created a campaign, We’re backing Bankside, to encourage Banksiders to support our local businesses. If you’re a consumer facing business who needs marketing support, get in touch. #BackingBankside

A new Bankside Lunch Club brings lunch to deskbound office workers from Bankside’s restaurants and cafes, using a green cargo bike. Delivery is free.

Keeping Banksiders connected

We’ve launched a channel in live messaging platform, Slack, to act as a space where you can quickly and easily interact with fellow Banksiders while many of us work remotely and need to react with immediacy.  Sign up in seconds.

Cost saving services

  • By signing up to Better Bankside’s recycling provider Paper Round, you’ll get a free allocation of mixed waste recycling sacks and subsidised collection on other waste streams such as PPE collections, coffee grounds and glass.
  • Employ SE1 is a free recruitment service to help local businesses recruit local people.
  • Your staff and colleagues have access to a programme of free events which have been adapted to respond to new business challenges. Sessions include Mental Health First Aid Training, cyber security and business continuity planning. See events here.

Financial support

We continue to represent local businesses as a strong, unified voice lobbying on important issues, including Government grants and the business rates holiday.

The government has announced a number of new grant schemes to support businesses affected by recent local and national restrictions.  Southwark Council will be be responsible for the administration of these grants. Visit their site to check eligibility and details of the process.

This is just a snapshot of all the work Better Bankside delivers in our neighbourhood. If you have any questions or would like to discuss our
services in more detail, please get in touch. We’re keen to hear from you and understand how we are best placed to support you through this time.