Paradise Circus – UPDATE

As the first phase of the redevelopment of Paradise in the heart of Birmingham city centre is now well under way, we wish to take this opportunity to provide an update on progress with particular regard to traffic and transport changes. To facilitate demolition works on site, a series of temporary road and access changes has been introduced following a schedule designed to minimise impact on the life of the city. To date the following changes have been introduced: 5 Jan – Bus Diversions in place on routes 82,83, 87, and 89 via Newhall Street and Newhall Hill; 10 Jan – Summer Row temporary restrictions to ALL vehicles between Lionel Street and Great Charles Street. Diversion route in place and signed; 10 Jan – Parking restrictions on Summer Row with bays suspended; 17 Jan – Out of city at Parade/Sand Pits closed to all vehicles. Diversions via Cambridge Street. Into city Parade/Sand Pits remains open but with reduced lanes; and 17 Jan – Temporary overnight traffic closures with diversions on Broad Street/Bridge Street/Holliday Street with lane restrictions into city from Bridge Street. From the evening of Saturday 31 January, they will introduce further restrictions. These affect Broad Street which will be closed to inbound private vehicles from Bridge Street to Paradise Circus. The route will remain open to buses and hackney carriages only. In addition to the originally planned changes, further measures have become necessary. These affect Summer Row and will enable safe pedestrian access to be maintained while work is carried out on high voltage underground power cables. From Monday 9th February for a period of 12 weeks,...

Retailers offered free training in Counter Terrorism Techniques

Project ARGUS is a National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) initiative, exploring ways to aid you in preventing, handling and recovering from a terrorist attack. It achieves this by taking businesses through a simulated terrorist attack. NaCTSO has developed a series of Project ARGUS sessions that are adapted to suit different sectors: Retailers; Bars and Restaurants; Hotels and “Argus Professional”, which is for architects, planners and engineers. Birmingham City Council and West Midlands Police Counter Terrorism Support Unit are providing a ‘Retailers’ session free of charge thanks to the support of Bullring shopping centre, Birmingham. Date & Sector Mon 16th Feb 2015 Retailers (also suitable for office based businesses) Times Registration: 9:30am Start: 9:45am prompt Finish: 13:00pm Venue Bullring shopping centre, Birmingham city centre Booking To book a place email emergencyplanning@birmingham.gov.uk with full name, job title, business name and address (inc postcode), tel, mobile and confirm any special requirements (access /...

Need a website? Get £500 off with NETTL

   As many as two million sole traders and small companies missed      out on £1.5bn of Cyber Weekend online sales* according to the          Department of Business, Innovation & Skills. With a greater              number missing out on the last minute rush for Christmas and          the January sales. As a result, www.nettl.com are offering £50,000 of web                      development grants to 100 SMEs in Birmingham to help them get    online. The £500 grant on offer is designed to give smaller businesses the leg up they might need to start selling online. www.nettl.com, the new high street design studio, is supporting small businesses with a free one-hour consultation and a £500 grant for up to 100 local small businesses in Birmingham. Southside BID has negotiated an even better deal so that the offer has been extended (for Southside businesses only) where the £500 grant for use off a Nettl:Commerce online web shops before 30th January 2015, is now applicable up until March and also applicable to their Nettl:one Responsive sites, and Nettl:Connect booking sites. We have also secured some free integrations and extra functionalities, specifically for Southside businesses. Many of the UK’s small and medium sized companies missed out on the cyber spending in December due to their lack of online presence, and according to the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills more than half of customers (55%) say they find it hard to support local businesses when they simply can’t find them online. “Our clients...

Birmingham Connected

November 2014 saw the launch of Birmingham Connected which sets out proposals to invest more than £1billion to create an integrated public transport system.  This will support the continuing expansion of both the city’s population and its economy for the next 20 years and beyond.  Investment in transport improvements are an essential enabling element in the city’s future growth and prosperity. Starting in 2015, we will see an unprecedented level of investment and activity on the city’s transport network as part of the Birmingham Connected vision.  They are implementing an approach to minimise disruption and to keep the city working through coordinating programmes and providing up to date information to the travelling public to inform their transport choices.  For more information please visit www.birmingham.gov.uk/connected This week saw the commencement of the £500 million redevelopment at Paradise Circus.   This transformational project is expected to create up to 14,000 jobs.   It will also improve pedestrian and cycling routes through a series of new open streets and public spaces and facilitate planned extensions to the Metro network through to Centenary Square and Five Ways.  Further information on Paradise can be found at www.paradisebirmingham.co.uk/ The works include major changes to Paradise Circus road network.  Delays are expected while these are being carried out. The advice to the travelling public is to: Use public transport wherever possible.  The city centre is well served by rail, bus and metro services.  More information is at www.networkwestmidlands.com Plan your journey.  If you have to travel by car, avoid the area if possible by choosing alternative routes.  If this area is your destination allow more time as your journey may be...