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Take part in Sector Recovery Planning for Norwich

Norwich Sector Recovery Plans

In May last year, Norwich BID published its framework for the recovery of city centre businesses.  This January, as we experience the third lockdown of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are once again seeking the views of local business as we plan our next steps for reanimating Norwich city centre.

In order to inform our approach, we're putting together several 'Sector Recovery Planning' Meetings (Previously called the 'Plan Ahead Teams'): a sector-specific discussion to share challenges, and shape the road to recovery for businesses' industry or interest. 

Sector Recovery Planning is a key element of the Pre-Recovery phase, and meetings have been be set up to represent significant aspects of the city’s functions and sectors. The purpose of these meetings will be to share challenges, establish a lay of the land for businesses, develop scenarios for the the future and plan routes to re-opening the city safely. Discussions will not only inform the city's immediate response, but potentially shape Norwich's future for the years ahead. 

We've already made a start in putting these teams together, beginning by identifying all stakeholder groups and creating a Key Partner Framework, which includes the Local Authorities, business community and third sector. These stakeholders have taken part in previous SRP meetings, including:

  • Retail
  • Leisure
  • Commercial businesses
  • Public Services
  • Marketing

There will also be a central Leadership Group, whose responsibility will be to identify opportunities to keep all businesses informed and included throughout the recovery planning and implementation, and will review key topics, such as business support i.e. grants etc and inform the SRPs as part of their thinking.

What is the role of Sector Recovery Planning?

  1. Where are we now?
  2. Where could we go?
  3. What is the preferred future?
  4. What will we do?
  5. When & Where should we start?

What happens next? 

We last held these meetings in Summer and Autumn 2020, and they've proved vital in terms of putting actions in place to support businesses:

  • Following discussions in the first Retail sector meeting, we put together our city-wide tender for PPE.
  • In response to a city walkaround with the Public Space sector meeting, we designed, ordered and are now distributing Physical Distancing resources for businesses to use outside their premises. 
  • Other tangible outcomes have been free training sessions for businesses on Risk Assessments and Re-opening licenced premises,  a co-ordinated objection to the 10pm curfew, and the development of our 'Norwich, the Next Chapter' summer campaign.

It is with the voice and support of Norwich businesses - of all kinds - that we can keep working on a recovery plan that is representative of the businesses who call the city home.

Our Online Sector Recovery Planning meetings will be held on the following dates:

Leisure and Hospitality | 13th January, 10.30am

Commercial | 20th January, 2pm

Public Services | 20th January, 10.30am

Retail | 21st January, 10.30am

If you haven't already, please do contact us if you want to represent your business in one of the SRP meetings. We know lots of you will be rightly focused on planning the way ahead for your own businesses and community. However, if you are available, please do join us; the more inputs we can gather, the more valuable and representative our approach will be. Your insight will help us make the right choices as we make plans to open the city safely, and with confidence.

Email sonia.bright@norwichbid.co.uk to take part.