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Covid 19 update

Stratforward BID Limited is sad to announce the cancelling the 2020 River Festival.

Thank you and our sincere apologies to all the people who make this special event happen including the performers, traders, suppliers, sponsors, bars, our partners Avon Navigation Trust, supporters, volunteers, the team and our 420 BID members. 

Thank you to everyone planning to attend and to the community for your ongoing support.

Following emergency discussions the BID Board has agreed that the escalating situation with Covid19 means that it is prudent to make the decision now to minimise financial and public health risks.  It will also allow Stratforward staff resources to be switched full time to assisting BID members get through the current crisis and assist with any town post crisis recovery strategy. 

As a member funded business organisation we are acutely aware of the precarious situation the wider business community is now in. We are lobbying Government and MPs directly and through various bodies to urgently alleviate the huge strains being felt by the whole business community. We will keep you in touch with developments as and when we hear things.

We are also keen to receive feedback from member businesses in the town so we can try to keep up with the fast changing situation and target assistance/advice accordingly. Our team are now mostly working from home in accordance with Government advice but are picking up and responding to emails.  Our Town Hosts remain on patrol still at this time. 

In Stratford, announcements of event cancellations and venue closures are coming thick and fast: both the RSC and SBT have shut, a number of the smaller theatres have closed, the excellent Literary Festival taking place in May has been cancelled and both the Shakespeare Birthday and VE Day Celebrations will now not take place. We are aware of a number of shops and hospitality businesses who are deciding to temporarily close and others that are considering this too as an option.

These are not ordinary times. Keep in touch, stay safe, shop wisely and of course carry on washing your hands.

On behalf of the Board and staff of Stratforward.


Joseph Baconnet | BID Director