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Stratford Businesses Encouraged To Talk Rubbish To Save Money

Apr 2019

Businesses in Stratford are being encouraged to check their waste management contracts to see if they can save money under a new commercial waste deal brokered by the local Business Improvement District (BID) team.

Stratforward BID and Coventry-based waste management provider Waste Solutions have teamed up to deliver the new scheme, which gives over 400 BID member businesses in the town exclusive prices for a new complete waste management service.

It is hoped the deal will not only save money for businesses but also help improve the local street environment by offering a twice-daily seven-day-a-week collection service.

The new initiative - the latest in a series of efforts by Stratforward to save its members money - was exclusively previewed at the official launch of BID 3 last week (3 April).

Formally announcing the new service today (April 11th), Stratforward Director Joe Baconnet said: “Everyone knows we are in unprecedented trading times. Doing business on the High Street is tough, so every penny we can save our members helps.

"Waste collection may not be glamorous or an outwardly obvious cost to a business but it is vital to every business and far more expensive than you would think.

"We went out to the market on behalf of the businesses in Stratford and Waste Solutions came back with by far the most competitive prices."

He added: "But it is not just about the money. When you live and work in a place as beautiful and famous as Stratford, with tens of thousands of visitors a year, it is vital that the town looks its best all the time. Many of our businesses struggle to get the waste management service they need and this often results in unsightly rubbish on our streets. By working more closely with a preferred service provider across the town we hope this problem will be reduced."

Businesses will be able to take advantage of services including the collection of general waste and recycling as well as several specialist services including clinical and hazardous waste or confidential paper collections and skip provision.

Charlotte Todd, Head of Commercial Waste for Waste Solutions, the commercial waste arm of Coventry City Council’s waste services team, said: “We are delighted to be the official waste partner to Stratforward BID. We want to help save businesses money whilst providing them with a safe and reliable service. We’re looking forward to working with BID members.

“We don’t view ourselves as a contractor but as a partner, so we will discuss waste needs with a business before they sign any contracts.

“We offer a range of services suitable for any size of business at competitive prices and encourage all businesses to get in touch to see how we can help.”  

Businesses can contact Waste Solutions direct on 02476 832255 or contact the BID office on 01789 292718 and they will arrange for a visit from Waste Solutions’ expert team.

Learn How the New BID Term will Benefit You!

Mar 2019

The new five-year Stratforward Business Improvement District (BID) programme officially launches in Stratford in early April.

Stratford businesses convincingly voted to renew the area’s status as a BID for a third term last September. 

BID businesses are cordially invited to the launch of BID3 at the next BID networking meeting on  April 3rd. It will take place at The Shakespeare Hotel, Chapel Street from 6 pm until 7 pm.
The meeting will mark the start of the third term of the BID which runs from April 1st 2019 to 31st March 2024.
See an outline of the proposed work of BID3 and forthcoming events including; English Tourism Week, Shakespeare Celebrations, The Stratford Festival of Motoring, Stratford River Festival; Stratford Town Centre Food Festival.

Enjoy a drink, chat with other BID members, BID board members, staff, and colleagues.
RSVP to please, so we can cater appropriately.

Joseph Baconnet | BID Director

Stratforward Business Improvement District T: 01789 292718 M: 07468591946

Applications Open for Stalls at Stratford Town Centre Food Festival!

Mar 2019

Would you like a stall at Stratford's Biggest and Best Food Festival? 

Stratford Town Centre Food Festival will take place on September 21 & 22

Organised by Stratforward and Cotswold Markets, as per 2017 & 2018.


The historic town centre of Stratford upon Avon: Bridge Street, Henley Street, High Street, Meer Street & Wood Street.

What to sell? 

This year there will still be limited hot food catering with more emphasis on the food and drink products available in and around the area.

How to apply?

Click on this link for more information and the application form.


Contact Cotswold Markets on or call 01608 652 662

Festival hours?

Saturday, September 21st from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm and Sunday, September 22nd from 10:00 am until 4:30 pm.


Promote your business around Stratford!

Feb 2019

Great Value Advertising in the Popular Stratford Festival Brochures

Book now to advertise to 20,000 households within 20 miles, in the quality Stratford Festival of Motoring brochure, for as little as £125******************************

Deadline: book now to reserve your space.  Artwork deadline March 15th. 

Will also be promoted on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our website. 

You could be included in four brochures produced for our festivals and Christmas.  The more brochures you book, the greater your discount!




Feb 2019

A long-running supporter of the Stratford Festival of Motoring is set to be the face of this year’s event - despite not being able to make it to the festival for the first time since it started.

Festival fan Graham Smith, from Stratford, won the ‘dress the age of your car’s manufacture’ competition with his unique 1954 MG TF ‘Twin Cam’.

The seventh Stratford Festival of Motoring takes place on Sunday, May 5th and Bank Holiday Monday, May 6th, bringing thousands of petrolheads to the town for a showcase of vehicles past and present.

Motoring enthusiasts can take part in tours through Stratford’s surrounding countryside before completing a lap of honour in the town then parking up to show off their pride and joy.

The festival sees more than 300 vehicles lined up on Stratford’s streets, along with interactive demonstrations, food, drink and live music and entertainment to suit visitors of all ages.

Festival organiser Stratforward BID this year held a contest to find the face of the 2019 event, asking people to send in pictures of their car with them dressed in the appropriate fashion for the year of its manufacture.

Graham, 71, who has attended the festival each year, submitted pictures of his pride and joy, an MG TF ‘Twin Cam’ built in Abingdon on March 30, 1954, which he has owned since 2012, complete with him dressed appropriately.

One of around 10,000 of its type produced between 1953 and 1955, the MG TF was a stop-gap model based on the previous ‘square rigger’ TD.

Considered by many to be the prettiest of the MG ‘T’ series, it spent just two years in production before it was superseded by the MGA.

Graham’s TF, which is possibly unique and has been dubbed ‘MG TG’ by fellow enthusiasts, was ‘period’ updated in the 1970s with the fitting of an MGA 1600 Twin Cam engine and MGB running gear.

Graham said: “We’ve been to the festival every year and I’m a big fan of it, so thought it would be a bit of fun to enter and I’m thrilled to have won. I actually can’t attend the festival this year, so it’s nice to know we’ll be there in some form, as the ‘face’ of the festival.

“The festival is a great event, the whole mixture of vehicles across all ages, it’s a really exciting event that makes Stratford tingle. Everybody walks around and mingles, looking at the cars and chatting about their history.”

Graham has been a classic car enthusiast for years, owning sports cars at university and before his children were born.

“We didn’t have anything quite as fun after the children came, but now I’ve gone back to whizzy cars,” he added. “This is the second MG I’ve owned - the first I had from 2003 to 2013 and I got this one in 2012. I’m delighted to be able to show it off and look forward to seeing the festival posters.”

Ruth Wood, Events Manager at Stratforward BID, which represents around 420 businesses in Stratford Town Centre, said: “A huge congratulations to Graham for winning the competition. It’s wonderful to have such a longstanding supporter of the event as the face of the festival. It’s a shame Graham can’t attend this year, but his prize of a free entry pass to the festival will be deferred to next year and we look forward to seeing him then.

“The Stratford Festival of Motoring is always incredibly popular and it’s a great way of bringing in people to the town centre. Visitors range from car enthusiasts to families on a day out or people looking for something fun to do on Bank Holiday Monday. They may come for the festival but we know that plenty of people take advantage of being in Stratford to pop in to many of the businesses, whether to shop, check out their motor festival-related activities, offers or displays, or have something to eat or drink.”

Help needed! To find the face and car of Stratford Festival of Motoring 2019

Dec 2018

Will you be the face and car of the Stratford Festival of Motoring 2019?!

Or do you know someone who dresses in the style of their car?

Take part in the photoshoot in February in Stratford and you could be on the many posters and brochures used to promote the festival. 

Ask them to get in touch ASAP on Facebook Twitter, or email over the next week.  Many many thanks!

Stratford Festival of Motoring is May 5th and 6th 2019



#stratfordmotorfestival #stratforduponavon #freetospectatefestival

Motor Festival 2019 Tickets on Sale NOW!

Nov 2018

Book tickets NOW to bring your car to Stratford Festival of Motoring!

The ever-popular Stratford Festival of Motoring has just released tickets to bring your car to the festival. Take part in the runs around stunning local countryside and then park up in town for all to admire on the Bank Holiday Weekend -Sunday 5th May and Bank Holiday Monday 6th.

Click here for more info...  

Tickets make an excellent Christmas present!?

Winning Photo of the Specsavers Stratford Festival of Motoring Photo Competition 2018 (adults category)

David Edmund Jones

#StratfordUponAvon #motorfestival

Simply the Best!

Nov 2018

Many Many Congratulations to all Winners of the Stratford-upon-Avon Online Awards 2018

You're Simply the Best!

- as voted by the public.

Winners include many of our members...

A Fine Tattoo Establishment 
All Bar One Stratford-upon-Avon
The Stratford Alehouse - Bill O'Brien
Boston Tea Party Stratford - Upon - Avon
Box Brownie Coffee
El Greco
Everyman Cinema Stratford upon Avon
Gemini Woman
Hooray's British Gelato Kitchen
Hotel du Vin Stratford
STMO's Magic Alley
Matthew Curtis
Paxton & Whitfield Stratford
RSC Royal Shakespeare Theatre
The Shakespeare Hospice Bookshop
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Shakespeare's Schoolroom & Guildhall
Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm
Stratford River Festival - massive thanks!
The Bear Pit
The Fourteas
Keys & Kitchen
The MAD Museum
Vinegar Hill
VIP Salon

You're the BEST! It's official.

And its great the public have the chance to vote on their favourites! Thanks to SUA On Line.



Oct 2018


Enjoy a ‘spook-tacular’ Halloween at Bell Court this October with a host of family friendly and spellbinding activities set to raise the hairs on the back of your neck…

...or hear about the centre’s very own ghostly girls – the Belles of Hell Court – a spooky tale set in 19th century Stratford.  But beware, the evening events are strictly for adults only at Magic Alley.

While you’re there, why not also stop by Generation Hex, a brand-new shop-within-a-shop catering for the magical and mystical needs of Millennials not just in Stratford but across the world. The shop has a life-size bubbling cauldron and is packed with magical and mystical goodies including fairies, crystals and unicorns!

For those who really want to test their nerves – take in a screening of the new Halloween movie at Everyman Cinema, followed by a creepy cocktail or two at All Bar One or Veeno or a devilish dinner at Ask, Miller & Carter or Nandos

Toby Saggers, Asset Manager at UK & European Investments, the owners of Bell Court, said: “We’ve got a lot of spooky activity at Bell Court this Halloween so we’d encourage guests to pop by and experience it for themselves. You may even meet our very own scary sisters – the Belles of Hell Court.”

Dave Matthews, owner of parent company STMO Media Group, adds: “The tale is about two sisters who were daughters of an ailing butcher in an area of Rother Market known as Hell Court, owing to the noises made by animals as they were slaughtered. The daughters weren’t allowed to inherit their father’s business - they had to be married so it could be passed on, but strangely enough their suitors kept disappearing. This modern reworking of the original penny dreadful tale of Sweeney Todd has been relocated to Stratford and given a gruesome twist that will definitely keep audiences on the edge of their seat.

Tickets for Halloween at Magic Alley can be booked by telephone on 01789 290969, or in person at the Magic Alley main reception - but remember to book quick, as tickets are going fast!

Other retailers at Bell Court include Debenhams and Lush, as well as independent businesses including Farringdon & Forbes, Bardia’s, The Naildressers and The Browstudio. 

Bell Court has undergone an 18 month refurbishment to become a high quality retail and leisure destination within Stratford’s town centre. In addition to new shops, restaurants and leisure facilities, Bell Court has delivered new public realm, including a central square with wooden seating, landscaping and feature lighting, as well as a living wall and new art installations. 

Further information about Bell Court can be found on the development’s Facebook (BellCourtStratford), Twitter (BellCourtLife) and Instagram (BellCourtStratford) pages. 

For further information please contact Rachel Tillman at Core on 0121 232 5000 or email 

Pride of Stratford Awards are now open!

Oct 2018

What's your Favourite Business in Stratford?

Have your say!

This year, at the Pride Of Stratford Awards, TouchFM are opening up the Town Centre Business of the Year award to the public. Let them know the name of your favourite Town Centre business in Stratford Upon Avon and the surrounding areas. A Pub, Hotel, Shop, Estate Agent, Jewellers, Hair salon, Tattoo Parlour...absolutely anything! The most popular nominations will be shortlisted for the award. Click here.. 


The Awards and Sponsors

The Pride of Stratford Awards uniquely features categories for both local business and the community across Stratford upon Avon District.


Business of the YearJudges will be looking for a clear business plan and achievement of stated business objectives. An understanding of the market and how the company meets the needs of its customers must be shown (evidence of training and development of the workforce, and then understanding and commitment of staff of all levels towards the business vision, are key criteria). Judges will also take account of a positive commitment to the local community.

Small Business of the Year: For businesses which employ fewer than ten full-time staff.  Judges will be looking for a clear business plan and the ability to demonstrate achievement of business objectives. A clear understanding of the market and customers’ needs must be shown.  

Town Centre Business of the Year: Open to all shops, restaurants and businesses within Stratford Town Centre. In this category, judges will consider factors such as store layout, customer service level, product availability and quality. 

Hospitality Business of the Year: Judges will be looking for a restaurant, cafe, hotel or B&B which adds value to Stratford upon Avon District and demonstrates that it is a robust business.

Team of the Year: Employers can nominate three or more people who either work together usually or just for a particular project. Judges will be looking for teams which have made a significant contribution to the business, showing commitment to team working and mutual support and respect. 

Customer Care Award: If you have received outstanding treatment when all you were expecting was a hassle, this is the award for you! Judges will be looking for cases where customers are treated with care, courtesy and respect.

Business Person of the Year: The judges will be looking for a business person who shows a genuine entrepreneurial spirit and has contributed to the business community in Stratford upon Avon.  

Tourism Initiative of the Year: Our town is reliant upon tourists – and it is important that we recognise the initiatives that bring tourists from around the UK and around the world. Judges will be looking for a tourist attraction that adds value to the district and provides a real reason for tourists to visit. They’ll take into account previous visitor feedback and recommendations when making their decision. 

Arts Organisation of the Year: No awards ceremony in Shakespeare’s birthplace would be complete without recognising the rich and diverse arts scene that exists throughout the district. This award is open to all arts organisations, whether profit or non-profit making. Judges will be looking for an organisation that engages with the local community, supports local talent and contributes to the culture of the area.

Artisan Business Award: This award aims to reward the creativity of the skilled crafts and local producers that produce or prepare quality products with a strong emphasis on local sourcing and the contribution made to the long-term sustainability of the local community in which they live and run their business. The category is open to all artisan businesses providing locally made or sourced products.

Citizen of the Year: Judges will be looking for individuals whose selfless efforts have left a lasting impression on the lives of others and who have made a significant contribution to improving life in Stratford District.   

Carer of the Year: This award is designed to recognise the work of hundreds of carers in Stratford District. Judges will be looking to choose one individual who has gone beyond the call of duty and exceeded the expectations of their role.

Young Achiever of the Year: Judges will be looking for a young person (under 21 years of age) who has contributed significantly to life in Stratford District and who has shown commitment to their local community. 

Educator of the Year: This award recognises a person whose teaching, leadership or mentoring has inspired others to achieve more in their education and career.  Judges will be looking for either an individual or an organisation that has made a real difference in their students' lives.

Community Impact Award: This award recognises the charitable work of either an organisation, individual or group that has made a dramatic impact on the lives of those within Stratford District.

Long Service Volunteer Award: This award recognises an individual that has been involved as a Volunteer for upwards of 5 years within the Stratford District Area.

Stratford Pride Award: This special award recognises the work of an individual or organisation that makes an outstanding contribution to life in Stratford District. Judges will be looking for an ambassador to the town whose contribution to our local area improves life for residents and visitors, and whose commitment is outstanding.

Get your entries in now!  The deadline is December 7th 2018. 


Winners Ceremony

Friday 8th February 2019, Stratford upon Avon, The Crowne Plaza - celebrate the best achievements in business and the community at the eighth annual Pride of Stratford District Awards with Sitel.

Last year's winners information... 

 Hoorays Winner of the Artisan Award 2018 -  Sara and Sasha Young with education minister Nadhim Zahawi