Banner photo for the news story 'COVID Update 28'

In this issue:

  • Hinckley is open again – but where are you?
  • Town Centre Promotion
  • HBBC support for Car parking
  • Environmental Health – updated info on re-opening
  • Anti-bacterial Hand Gel – new supplies of 1 litre bottle with pump just £12.50 + VAT


Monday 15th saw about 50% of Hinckley’s Businesses reopen, with some confirming excellent trade. No queueing issues were reported, HBBC had worked hard to get all the Social Distancing banners, ground reminders and Sanitising Stations in place as well as investing in the required changes to the Public Toilets so that they were open in time.

Visitors were very complimentary, especially to the two ‘Street Helpers’ who were able to advise on any concerns whilst also sanitising key public areas.

...but when are you open please?

Visitors were disappointed to see some of their favourite shops and stores still closed – especially with no information in the door/window saying when the business will re-open. If you are one of these please tell us your plans ( which we and HBBC can promote on our social media reaches and maybe also put a sign on your door/window for you? We have dates from several of the national ‘Chains’ as they are unlocking a few stores at a time – but our much loved independents are really missed!

If we can help in ANY way, please let us know.

Town Centre Promotion

In partnership with HBBC we have placed the ‘20 Reasons’ poster in a number of bus shelters, including in Barwell and Earl Shilton.

We also have advertisements in the Local Rock, Roundabout Hinckley, full pages in this and next week’s Hinckley Times and are currently planning a radio campaign.

Car Parking Support from HBBC

Whilst free parking would be nice, we have to be realistic and realise that without income from Business Rates, Councils have to raise funding from somewhere. All of Leicestershire’s market towns are charging as normal, but HBBC are kindly helping by allowing people to park for free after 3pm every day in three town centre car parks – Trinity East (on Rugby Rd opposite Dominoes), Castle (the former co-op car park off Hill Street) and Lower Bond Street (opposite the Atkins Building). St Mary’s Road Car Park and Church Walk Car Park are also free after 3pm on Saturdays only.

Additionally, parking is free in all council car parks on Sundays and Bank Holidays

Environmental Health – latest opening requirements

Every day, new Government updates and clarifications are received and those which may be relevant we feature in these updates. The latest information on re-opening of businesses can be found at this link.

And if you are unsure of anything, please don’t hesitate to contact HBBC’s highly experienced Commercial Environmental Health Officer, Sarah Marriner

And finally... Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel

Last week’s delivery sold quickly, so this Friday we have another delivery of 1 litre bottles with pelican pumps which are available from us at cost, for just 12.50 +VAT. The contents are 70% alcohol, so is particularly effective (but not to be drunk please 😊).

To obtain, please email to reserve.

Please stay safe and well and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

The Hinckley BID Team

Steve Wegerif (BID Director)
07709 394841

Toni Scott
07821 123026

Martina Smullen
07496 839304