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Our Hitchin - September 2020
Positive Move Forward

The Eat Alfresco initiative on the Market Place has been a great success, and a positive way to utilise the square whilst previously planned events have been unable to take place. It has received really encouraging feedback both from businesses and the general public. At the moment, we are working hard to create a series of marketing, events, and promotional activities to support businesses and highlight the offer of the town. To compliment the new Hitchin Basket website, we are creating a series of speciality maps for the public to use while visiting the town, starting with the Eat & Drink map which will be published shortly. Although many activities have been postponed, we are looking forward to bringing back new events in the autumn/winter such as family friendly street trails, and speciality markets. If you have any additional suggestions on future events and promotions please contact:

British Schools Museum
As the British Schools Museum comes out of lockdown, it is embarking on a fundraising programme to bring in much needed funds. One of the initiatives is to hold an online Auction of Promises in November. Promises will be auctioned off to the highest bidder; for example an hour’s computer training, two hours gardening, a cooking lesson etc. Hitchin holds a unique place in the history of education as it boasts the world’s last remaining purpose-built monitorial school room. They need your help please – are you able to offer a promise that can be auctioned? Please contact Heather or Michael Baim on: or 07816 665594

Hitchin Information
The Hitchin Information office has had a brand new facelift and has been refurbished thanks to a Community Facilities Capital Grant from NHDC. We are now able to stock a greater selection of Hitchin-related merchandise as well as literature about Hitchin, what’s on, local attractions and transport links. The Art Hub gallery space has also reopened with some great pieces by local artists. Big thanks to Haywoods Builders who transformed the space. 

Shop Safe Products
We have plenty of equipment available to ensure that you and your staff are as safe as possible while trading in the town centre. The Hitchin Information Centre is open Monday to Saturday 9:30am to 4:30pm for you to come and collect reopening packs and extra products. I f you cannot make it over, contact our Rangers who can drop them off. Please call 07540 706832 or email: 
  • Hand Sanitiser 500ml 70% Alcohol - £5
  •  External social distancing floor stickers - £2
  •  Cotton washable facemasks - £25 (pack of 50)
  •  IIR anti droplet 95% filtration facemasks - £35 (Pack of 50)
  •  Anti-bacterial wipes - £3

New to Hitchin
Four new businesses have opened up in town over the last few weeks and town centre manager Tom Hardy performed the ribbon cuttings!
Alta Hairdressing opened its doors in the High Street in August and with over 30 years’ experience between them in top London salons, Mario and Robert are keen to recreate a West End vibe in the area. Their hair services include all aspects of cut and colour services and they are currently offering 25% off to local businesses.

Fadeaway Barbers decided to open their own salon after owners Joey and Jack worked together in Stevenage. They are really excited about becoming part of the Hitchin community and aim to create a professional and friendly atmosphere for all ages.

Casbah Grill newly opened in Churchyard, next to the Hitchin Information office, offer a good value menu of Mediterranean dishes, home made from scratch using fresh ingredients. All dishes are cooked with real charcoal to add that extra taste!

Rainbow Smoothie are a high-quality beverage cafe based in the Churchyard offering affordably priced drinks. Their open setup means customers can witness their drinks being made, ensuring they know exactly what is being put into their unique drinks. They prefer to provide customers with healthy but still enjoyable smoothie recipes however for the younger generation or anyone with a sweet tooth, they also serve quality Milkshakes and Frappes. All smoothies are jam packed with health benefits and vitamins making them perfect for the immune system and preventing unwanted colds/ viruses.

Cardboard Collections
As our free cardboard collection service is growing week by week, we now have a dedicated Ranger responsible for scheduling collections. If you haven't had a collection or need to book or amend your collection day/s please contact Tim on 07595 414578

Update from Hitchin Market
Hitchin Market’s reboot following lockdown appears to be developing into a good news story. Most of our regular traders have now returned and we have a number of new traders now on board, some on furlough taking advantage of the time on their hands, others who otherwise would be seen on the festival and events circuit, and there are also a fair share of professional market traders who are finding their other options limited. Primarily our new traders are either foodies or craft, hobby, specialist interest types, so we seem to be turning into a destination venue and great place for gift hunters. Our Craft & Farmers Market on the last Saturday of the month has resumed, now sited within the main market area, and is proving to be the most successful and busiest day of the month for us. We will have two Vegan Markets this year in October and December, they were great days for us last year and we hope they will be again. The Sunday Car Boot has also returned and while we have limited the numbers of Booters, so far there is hope that this will change in the not too distant future. We have some work to do to remind and help traders and visitors to practice good social distancing which we hope to have completed over the next few weeks and we also have an eye on Government advice and local COVID figures. Footfall has been mixed. Open air markets were part of the tranche of businesses that were able to reopen 1st June, and our first trading day saw plenty of visitors. Since then we have seen great days and some very quiet days, but those that do visit are now seeing a vibrant well occupied space with plenty of choices on offer so while we can only guess at the behaviours of consumers in the longer term, we can hope that with our reinvigorated offering shoppers will return and make Hitchin Market part of their day out.

Free Webinar
Find out how government financial incentives could boost your business – Monday 14th September at 6pm The government has introduced a range of financial incentives and initiatives for businesses who are looking to create vacancies and work experience opportunities for young people. Hitchin BID is offering all businesses the opportunity to find out more through a free webinar, delivered by Hitchin resident and business owner, Anna Morrison CBE. It will cover traineeships, kickstart, apprenticeships, T Levels and much more! To book your place: