Jon Arrowsmith (Retail Ops Project Manager for Central England Co-operative), Vicky Woolstone (The Kitchen Shop), Michelle Baker (Lichfield’s BID Development Manager), Richard Lewis (President of Lichfield Chamber of Trade and Commerce) and Lizzy Braine (The Kitchen Shop) with the bunting

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Bunting is going back up in the streets of Lichfield city centre. The decorations will return after funding was supplied by the Lichfield Business Improvement District (BID) Steering Group and Lichfield Food Festival.have teamed up to bring bunting back to Lichfield City centre this summer.
Jon Arrowsmith (Retail Ops Project Manager for Central England Co-operative), Vicky Woolstone (The Kitchen Shop), Michelle Baker (Lichfield’s BID Development Manager), Richard Lewis (President of Lichfield Chamber of Trade and Commerce) and Lizzy Braine (The Kitchen Shop) with the bunting
Paul Maddox, Lichfield BID chairman and owner of The Scales Inn and Three Spires Coffee Shop, said the red, white and blue would brighten up the city centre. “The bunting makes a massive difference the city,” he said. “Not only does it brighten up the streets, it also gives a festival atmosphere to the heart of Lichfield throughout the summer months. “If the Lichfield BID is successful in July it will deliver over £1million of new projects and initiatives across Lichfield, including free WiFi, marketing and new signage. It will also bring bunting to the city every summer and will have a budget to renew and replace it when it gets tired. “We thought it would be a lovely taster of what the BID could do for the city to help fund putting up the bunting this year. We’re using the city’s current bunting, which has stood us in good stead since the Olympic Torch Relay, but if the BID gets a yes vote this July, we’ll buy new bunting next year.” Companies in the city will vote on the BID proposals in July. The project would see local firms contribute to a fund which could deliver more than £1million over five years to help drive visitor numbers. Michelle Baker, Lichfield’s BID development manager, added: “It’s great that the BID can start making a difference to the city even before the ballot’s taken place. “I’m looking forward to visiting businesses this month to tell them all about the plan and about the benefits it will bring to Lichfield. “We’re also hosting an open event in June to which all city businesses are invited.” For more information, visit the BID website.

Ross

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.