BID Member Benefits
Go! Southampton is committed to ensuring that all levy payers benefit from the work undertaken by the BID team. Full details of our plans for the first year can be found in the Year 1 Business Plan.
As deals are negotiated and initiatives begun, more Member Benefit details will be published on this page and information sent to levy payers. Here are some of the ways in which you can start to benefit already:
Free Promotion at Music in the City (Registration required by 28th September)
This hugely popular event returns to the city on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October. This year GO! Southampton is creating an opportunity for BID area businesses to promote themselves through the "Music & More" wristband scheme.
All you need to do is to send us details of a special offer that you will run exclusively to wristband holders during the weekend of Music in the City (and beyond if you so wish). We will list all of the offers on the MitC website and print 5000 wristbands to be handed out at various MitC venues during the weekend. We will also promote the Music & More wristband offers on social media channels (and will ask you to do the same). The idea is to encourage people who have come for the music to stay and enjoy eating, drinking and shopping in city as well.
If you would like to be involved please email us the following information by close of business on Thursday 28th September:
- Business name
- Opening times
- Website / Social Media
- Details of the offer (including when the offer will end)
We will do the rest! Looking forward to receiving your offers.
10% Off Tickets for Oktoberfest
You may have thought that Oktoberfest was being organised by an external events organiser, but in actual fact, it's a group of local businesses who have got together to create something special in Guildhall Square. It takes place from 26th to 29th October, and will include live music and entertainment as well as German food and of course beer. Tickets are already selling pretty fast, so if you'd like to take advantage of these tickets, please do so quickly! Click on the links below to book.
Social Media Promotion
Some members will already have had a visit from Matt who is collecting content to promote BID businesses on social media channels. Even if you have a large following on your own social media pages, this promotion will get out to new audiences and is free for levy payers, so give it a go. The information collected will eventually also be organised into an online directory.
Find out more by downloading the flyer (SocialiStreet) below.
If you haven’t had a visit from Matt yet and would like to submit details of your business or a particular event or promotion, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Group Procurement Scheme to Save BID Members Money
We want Southampton to be a place where town centre businesses come, stay and prosper. In order to achieve this we are introducing a Joint Procurement Scheme which uses collective buying power. With ever increasing costs and squeezed margins we understand businesses find themselves under increasing pressure.
This is why we have set up a partnership with Meercat Associates to create the Go Southampton BID Joint Procurement Scheme which aims to deliver financial benefits directly to you. This scheme is paid for and managed by Go Southampton BID, free to BID members, and can save you time and money. Meercat Associates are specialists in sourcing and managing contracts for individual businesses and has a track record of partnership working with BIDs across the country. Meercat Associates manage the whole process on your behalf, including finding the most appropriate service, securing the best deal and managing all your contracts and future renewals, ensuring you are always on the best rates.
BENEFITS TO YOUR BUSINESS
- Savings on a range of your core business costs
- Meercat Associates manage the process from start to finish saving you time
- Meercat Associates take no commission so all the savings found are yours
- Take the stress out of sourcing the best deals
- Friendly service with no call centres and no unsolicited calls
All at no additional cost to BID members. The scheme will launch soon and you will receive direct contact from Meercat about it.
Go! Southampton will send out a regular eNewsletter (which initially, will also be available in print), letting levy payers know what work is underway and what has been achieved. The eNews will also contain useful information from other organisations such as the City Council, Hampshire Chamber of Commerce and Hampshire Constabulary, as well as details of special offers and competitions.
A small number of ad-hoc emails will also be sent out when information is received by the BID team which is deemed to be of potential interest to members.
More member benefits will follow soon. Please keep checking back and join our mailing list to keep up to date.