Recognising our Town's Businesses
Although the pandemic has been incredibly challenging for most of us, this situation has certainly highlighted the importance of our town centre community and the businesses within it. To recognise the outstanding achievements made by our business community, we are launching the new ‘H-town Business Awards’ from 1st June. The awards will be open for 8 weeks and the public and businesses will be able to go to: hitchinherts.com/awards and vote for a deserving business. Hitchin’s unique mix of commerce and culture has seen it fare better than most towns, but the pandemic set unprecedented challenges. These awards are designed to raise the profile of the town’s businesses by engaging the Hitchin public in a process of recognising outstanding achievements in the toughest of times. The awards will highlight the many success stories and remind people how fortunate Hitchin is to have such a resilient and vibrant business community. As life slowly returns to normal, these awards are part of a coordinated strategy of initiatives designed to ensure the hard work of the last 12 months is not wasted and that Hitchin bounces back; better than ever.
Reopening the Town Centre
The majority of the town centre businesses reopened on 12th April and we have been busy delivering a wide range of projects in line with our four reopening objectives:
the public of what Hitchin Town Centre has to offer.
the public of the shop safe measures in place.
the public back to the town centre.
Hitchin Town Centre as a whole and its eclectic mix of businesses.
Combining online promotions, printed media and eye-catching posters, banners, videos and publications, we have reached a wide range of Hitchin residents and encouraged them back to the town centre to support our local businesses.
We released the Hitchin Town Centre ‘Welcome Back’ video which had over 6000 views and reached over 9000 people.
We produced the H-Town News, our first newspaper which was delivered to over 15,000 households and is available to view online at: www.hitchinherts.com/news. We put up a range of banners and posters around the town welcoming the public back to the town centre and produced a series of social media campaigns to promote businesses.
From 12th April we opened the Market Place up as an alfresco dining area, this opportunity is exclusivily offered to Hitchin Town Centre businesses. It is running 7 days a week from 10am to 9pm and has been hugely successful at not only allowing businesses to trade outside but also bring a buzz back to the town centre. If you are interested in taking a space in the Market Place, please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org
Although the Night Rangers were put on hold over the lockdown period, when the pubs and restaurants were open, they played an important part in the safety and security of the towns night-time economy. We will be bringing them back from Friday 21st May and they will be mobile around the town on Fridays and Saturdays from 10pm to 3am.
We have identified 137 pieces of graffiti in the town centre which has appeared over the past 12 months. Although the Rangers work hard to remove graffiti, there is a large amount that is hard to get rid of with general cleaning equipment. We have received a grant from NHDC to remove all the graffiti in the town and we are looking at investing in new equipment to ensure we are able to deal with all new graffiti in the future.
Spring Clean Up
A massive thank you to the local residents that gave up their time in April to help repaint over 50 of the blue bollards in the town centre.
Floral Displays & Bunting
We will be installing floral displays around the town centre this year. These consist of 3 tier planters, hanging baskets and barrier baskets. We have also been awarded a grant funding to install planters in locations around Market Place and High Street to promote social distancing. As well as this, we have erected bunting across various road in the town centre ahead of returning community events.
New to town
We are delighted to be able to welcome some amazing new businesses to the town centre.
Cloud 9 Baby
A Nursery retailer selling baby products, gifts and baby clothing, prams, pushchairs, buggies, travel systems, car seats, nursery furniture and cots, baby monitors and sterilisers. At 38-39 Bancroft.
Owners Paul and Charlotte McCrossin are keen to help our community live a pain free life through providing safe and gentle Chiropractic care. Principal Chiropractor has over 27 years experience and is passionate about giving people more life in their years!
Smoke Haus & Grill
at the bottom of Churchgate sell burgers, grilled and fried chicken and Indian food.
Pear Tree Café
A children’s play café in Queen Street serving food and hot drinks.
in Bancroft are an independently owned estate agent covering Hitchin and the surrounding areas.
Phone Tech next door to Vinegar Hill, buy, sell and repair mobile phones.
Our Favourite Shop Offering vintage Americana and classic clothing, alongside second-hand records. They will also buy and trade these items. In Arcade Walk.
Coming soon to the town are: Café Ibos, Hitchin Flooring, Jerry’s Brunch, Home Essentials, Little Monkey, The Hearing Practice and Biggie Best.