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Chichester Businesses Against Crime

What is ChiBAC? Chichester District Business Against Crime is a partnership committed to reducing crime, violence and anti-social behaviour throughout the Chichester District by pro-active partnership working. It is managed by a Board of Management made up from the membership from both the day and night time economies and is non-political and non-profit making.

ChiBAC incorporates the Shopwatch and Pubwatch schemes that previously operated within the city to help support and protect businesses within the district. The ChiBAC radio system links member businesses together, along with CCTV and the Police providing invaluable information and support. Exclusion notices are issued by ChiBAC to those who have committed crime against business or whose behaviour locally is unacceptable.

The Chichester District Business Against Crime (ChiBAC) was developed as a partnership between local businesses, Sussex Police, West Sussex Fire and Rescue, the Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP), Chichester District Council, Chichester City Council, and other relevant agencies.
ChiBAC reduces crime, violence and anti-social behaviour throughout the Chichester District, by pro-active partnership working. ChiBAC is managed by a Board of Management made up from the membership and is non-political and non-profit making.

For a full list of benefits of being a ChiBAC member please contact or call 07785 715873

In My View Column - Chichester Observer 27th July

Each month, Chichester BID has the opportunity to showcase initiatives, opinions and events through a column in the Chichester Observer called 'In My View' and quite literally is the view from each of the Chichester BID board members. July's edition was written by Steph Aburrow Account Manager, Hennings Wine Merchants, Chichester and Board Member, Chichester BID - published on 27th July 2017:

Chichester is a city bursting full of creativity, opportunities and community.
Over the last few weeks I have a had the pleasure of watching Chichester thrive at its finest. There are a multitude of different groups all bustling in our little City, and the Festival of Chichester showcases this perfectly.
The fantastic event ChiFest, held at the college recently, in times of real uncertainty and sadness showed that even in times of uncertainty and sadness we can come together and just have fun.
I found this event particularly reflective. As I sat on the green outside Chichester College where I gained my degree and my daughter went to their nursery, I now watched her dancing in the fields with her face painted.  I was able to listen to musicians ranging from young teens to friends I had at school and of course a few Chichester musical legends.
Our little shop in North Street has also been host to a celebration of the incredibly talented authors we have here. Chindi have held lots of fabulous events from book clubs to quizzes.
There are just so many different events going on for everyone and anyone to enjoy over the next few weeks, from walks and tours, inspiring talks, music and so much more. Please do get involved and have a little enjoyment!
As, I think back to the opening of these festivities and I remember finding myself looking around the relaxed crowd at ChiFest and seeing many familiar faces. Some I've come to know through work and many old school friends.

Now with their own families, we all have one thing in common, we've not left this town because it's the best place to call home! I think we have a pretty brilliant community here, long may it thrive!

In My View Column - Chichester Observer 6th July

Each month, Chichester BID has the opportunity to showcase initiatives, opinions and events through a column in the Chichester Observer called 'In My View' and quite literally is the view from each of the Chichester BID board members. July's edition was written by Kay Mawer Managing Director, Clothkits Ltd, Chichester and Board Member, Chichester BID - published on 6th July 2017:

Sometimes it is just too easy to pop into the big store to grab what we need.  We know what they stock and what to expect.  However, isn’t that just a tad BORING for one?  There is no story with these things that we buy.  And when we have no connection with items it is so much easier for them to become forgotten moments, unmemorable meals, bland additions and frankly, easily disposable.
When we purchase stuff or services from Independents we buy into a different ethic all together.  We can talk directly to the shop owner, the maker, the designer, the guts behind the business.  I may speak for myself but we probably are all nosy, and like to understand the journeys of others.
In my opinion, the diversity and interest of a city is made by the independent outlets and businesses within it - and the creative ones being those that add vibrancy. That’s the exciting bit!  That is what makes a city thrilling to live in.
It is these very enterprises that we need to nurture, encourage and support.  But it has to be more than just words.  We need to support them with our wallets.  We need to change our habits.  We need to be willing to make a diversion, try something new, and yes, sometimes – but by no means always - it may be about spending a little more.
When we spend with independents we are helping our real local business owners in the local economy.  From bills to ballet lessons or a food to football boots, money is not lost in layers of bureaucracy or for the benefit of shareholders.  Our spend has real and direct impact. Our spend with independents has the ability to make a sole business owner grow their enterprise, to employ, to inspire, and maybe even to encourage others to do the same. And the best bit? We can be part of their story. So come on, please.  Turn into Tinks for your bra or turn into Ebony for your jewellery.  Seek out Draper's Yard for Individual gifts.  Make that diversion to the end of each street to see what’s going on and make a real difference to the local economy.

In My View Column - Chichester Observer 1st June

Brendon Cook, MD Kiwi Recruitment

Brendon Cook, MD Kiwi Recruitment

Each month, Chichester BID has the opportunity to showcase initiatives, opinions and events through a column in the Chichester Observer called 'In My View' and quite literally is the view from each of the Chichester BID board members. May's edition was written by Brendon Cook MD Kiwi Recruitment and Chichester BID Director - published on 1st June 2017:

With all this uncertainty about Brexit, the Recruitment sector is booming. I am getting a strong feeling of confidence for the future from local businesses - work orders are up; decisions have been made – so let’s just get on with it.
We deal with several sectors of recruitment: Manufacturing, Industrial, Retail and Hospitality.  Over the past 2 months we’ve noticed the following trends: work is picking up, enquiries and orders are increasing and the need for new employees is growing. Whilst this is generally good news, it leads us to a skills shortage issue where more and more candidates are looking for better salaries and benefits. An example of this is Sous Chefs’ wages increasing from £9/h to £12/h and their requirements of normal shifts instead of split shifts.
In this candidate-driven market, some companies are not competitive enough to attract the best talent. The most notable change in the market place is the shift from an employer-led recruitment market, to a candidate-driven market. It’s time for businesses to consider what they have to offer to their employees besides a salary, considering a work/life balance offering and overall package that attracts the best talent for the job.

Some companies will continue to be rigid in their hiring requirements and they’ll miss out on the best people because of it. While other companies think that salaries from 2 years ago would be okay, the market has moved on.

Companies will need to prioritize on branding their employee experience in such a way that will entice prospective talent to want to work for them. It’s a fairly easy concept to grasp, market your business to make sure that you attract the best possible talent. Build your branding on employee benefits, career developments, and other enticing details. The first step is simple: make applying for your company easier and more accessible. Companies cannot afford to enforce a ‘wait-and-see’ approach when it comes to hiring quality talent. A hiring process should be drafted with candidate experience in mind. A bad experience in the recruitment process could potentially turn candidates off to the prospect of working for your company.

In My View Column - Chichester Observer 11th May

Each month, Chichester BID has the opportunity to showcase initiatives, opinions and events through a column in the Chichester Observer called 'In My View' and quite literally is the view from each of the Chichester BID board members. May's edition was written by Greg Mahon Rathbones – Regional Director and Chichester BID Director - published on 11th May 2017:

Disruptive technology – does it mean financial change for the better?

The latest developments in artificial intelligence and robotics might seem a world away from us here in Chichester. However, in the current wave of ‘disruptive technology’, these developments could soon have a big impact on the finances of each and every one of us.

It’s said that today, the world is changing more rapidly than ever. Certainly, technology is developing at a remarkable pace, altering how we work and live. In the wake of this, new industries appear while old ones slip away, start-up businesses replace traditional names, and our expectations as consumers are reset.

Looking at automation and the job market, change is afoot, with ‘intelligent’ technology being used to support (and in some cases replace) human workers across multiple sectors and functions.

As we adapt our lifestyles to match these changes in technology, we will inevitably begin to see a transformation in the landscape of our own local businesses. Platforms such as Chichester Business Improvement District (BID) will be as important as ever for communicating and sharing knowledge amongst our city.

But what does all of this have to do with your personal finances? How will technological breakthroughs connect directly to the money in your bank account?

The most obvious connection should appear in terms of prices. Increased efficiency and availability of products and services – thanks to new technologies – could have a positive impact on the prices you pay. But disruptive technology could also have an affect on your longer-term finances, in relation to your investments.

As new technologies create new industries, and disturb the status quo in more traditional sectors, so new opportunities for investment arise.

With so many factors at play, this is far from a binary debate. But one thing is for certain – change is constant. So taking time to understand how to maximise the financial opportunities it creates is a wise investment for anyone.

In My View Column - Chichester Observer 6 April

Each month, Chichester BID has the opportunity to showcase initiatives, opinions and events through a column in the Chichester Observer.

This column is called 'In My View' and quite literally is the view from each of the Chichester BID board members. The contributors to the column alternate per month so keep an eye out for the next insightful piece!

This month's edition was written by Chichester BID Chairman, Colin Hicks and published on 6th April 2017:

Ask anyone here and we all seem to agree that Chichester is a mighty fine place to live, work, shop and be entertained. Yet we have seen the changes to our shopping streets: less independents, more cafes, the march of the chains. What’s going on?

Well, shoppers are simply calling time on the old way of doing things. One fifth of all shopping for commodities – books, clothes, food, holidays, that kind of thing – now takes place online. This is a national phenomenon. Yet people are still on our streets, but looking for something else.

Luckily we are a canny nation of shopkeepers who have always allowed the market to decide, and that is what is happening. Just setting up shop with what we would like to sell no longer cuts the mustard, when our customers can get a lot of it online and, brought to their door for less. Irresistibly convenient.

So shoppers just got more demanding. Actually, they want to find things in Chichester that they can’t get online: a chance to meet friends over a decent coffee or a nice meal they haven’t had to cook, a health and beauty pamper, quality entertainment, a contribution to their well-being, an opportunity to learn something new, feed a passion for history, live like a local down at the food market; and yes – go shopping for the customer experience they just can’t get online.

But this time, as part of their day. A convenience buy from a national chain, advised by a savvy salesperson who knows just what they like, click and collect, smart just like London but within a ten minute walk and without the hassle. Then onto that quirky independent shop discovered down an unexplored twitten, with seductive personal service, followed by an impulse buy with no regrets. Shopping as entertainment, distraction, fun and novelty.

Luckily, Chichester has never been just about shops. We’ve got brilliant culture and heritage, fabulous opportunities for holiday fun and well-honed service to our demanding community. A great starting position to meet these new shoppers head on. In the jargon: no longer led by our supply but driven by their demand: that’s the trick.

Wake up and smell the coffee, don't they say?

Colin Hicks
Chair 2017-22
Chichester BID

Chichester Christmas Lights Switch-On Exclusive Sponsorship Package 2017

Chichester Christmas Lights 2016

Chichester Christmas Lights 2016

Each year, the Chichester BID team helps to deliver Christmas in Chichester, providing the City centre with Christmas festivities and the annual Christmas Lights Switch-On event. Every year we offer a business the unique opportunity to be the headline sponsor of this event which attracted over 12,000 visitors in 2016.

Chichester Christmas Light Switch-on is a free community event in the heart of Chichester City centre and this year we are offering this opportunity to our valued BID members first, before extending the opportunity to the wider business community. 

The event will take place on Thursday, 23rd November 2017. The evening will be hosted by Spirit FM radio with presenter (Ian Crouch) and performers to keep the large crowd entertained before lights are switched on by the event sponsor. 

For 2017, this exclusive sponsorship opportunity for a headline sponsor is on offer for just £4,000+VAT.

For more information on this package, please contact Jeanette Hockley at or call 01243 773263 by 19th May 2017.

Chichester BID Matters Newsletter

Chichester BID produces a quarterly newsletter to keep you updated on what we're doing, what we've achieved, what's going on and initiatives we're working on.

Stay abreast of what we're doing with your BID levy each year and make sure you read the copy that is delivered directly to your business - or download the latest issue below.

To receive an electronic version directly to your inbox, contact us with your email address and we'll add you to our database.

Email or call Jeanette Hockley on 01243 773263.

In My View Column - Chichester Observer 23 June

Each month, Chichester BID has the opportunity to showcase initiatives, opinions and events through a column in the Chichester Observer.

This column is called 'In My View' and quite literally is the view from each of the Chichester BID board members. The contributors to the column alternate per month so keep an eye out for the next insightful piece!

This month's edition was written by BID Board Director, Brendon Cook

Something can always be done

When I moved here 4 years ago I wanted to immerse myself in my new home and, being a business-minded person, this meant building up business connections. After a while, I discovered a way to get a feel for Chichester and that was through the support of Chichester Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Chichester BID.

These outlets allow me to learn about what this city has to offer but equally give me the opportunity to challenge and advise using my business experience of 25 years. Directors involved with Chichester BID are lucky enough to have a say on business in the city, how it’s changing and how that impacts those around us but, more importantly, we can see and understand how the BID benefits Chichester. Whilst my business isn’t directly impacted by the BID, I can see the results of working together collaboratively to improve the city, rather than alone.  We can’t always get things right but we do learn from our mistakes – and that’s worth its weight in gold.

I’m not only speaking in my capacity here as a BID Board Director but from the perspective of a Chichester business owner in the recruitment industry. We are seeing a significant increase in local companies looking for skilled labour as the available workforce is declining. A lot of companies are now using the temp-to-perm option, providing them with extra safety and peace of mind with hiring. For these growing businesses it’s fundamental to be supported by organisations such as Chichester BID which works hard to help local firms to gain benefit and value from their levy.

Throughout my time on the BID Board, I’ve seen how long some of the planning processes can take - some of the improvements that we have proposed are taking over two years to be completed, simply due to admin and bureaucracy!

Despite this, what amazes me is the BID’s power to stand up on behalf of the businesses of Chichester. It has the ability push agendas, planning applications and improvements to the city through to the local councils – and be the collective voice of our city’s businesses.

Working cohesively, we look out for Chichester and do what we can to improve it as a place to live and work and as a destination to visit.  There is usually a solution to any obstacle and something can always be done, thanks to the positive attitude of the BID’s Board of Directors.

Brendon Cook, Chichester BID Board Director, Owner Kiwi Recruitment

June Update on SGN Gas Pipe Replacement project

The road closure at South Street junction Southgate, is being removed today (Thursday 9th June) resulting in vehicular access being via Southgate and exiting via West Street, as usual with the exception of buses.

Buses will continue to use the diversion route via Tower Street, Woodstaplers and Chapel Street.

All of the existing excavations in the vicinity of Old Market Avenue and South Street will be backfilled and surfaced, at the latest, by the weekend.  

However, engineering difficulties at this junction-  in the shape of a large unrecorded culvert -  prevented the necessary pipe connections being made, as planned.  

Representatives of the local authority visited the site to record the details and annotate on their records.  An additional 35 metres of pipe has had to be laid.

Therefore, Amec Foster Wheeler will continue to have a presence at South Street between Canon Lane and Tesco to transfer supplies to four properties.  Additional resources will be on site to ensure a timely finish to this section. The excavations will be small in size and should not cause too much disruption.

West Sussex County Council (WSCC) have agreed a further extension to the end of next week.

It is currently understood that WSCC will then follow and resurface South Street from the junction of Southgate to Cooper Street over two consecutive nights, however, exact details and dates have yet to be confirmed.

Chichester BID encourages all members that have been significantly affected with a loss of sales, due to the works disruption, to please apply to SGN for compensation.  SGN do consider all applications fairly and recognise these works have had significant impact over the last 3 months. The BID has the foot flow data to confirm a loss in dwell time over the duration of this project.

For compensation:

Please register your claim through Customer services: (0800) 912 1700. Customer Services will then log your query and redirect you.

Please find the compensation criteria below, which you can also request be sent to you by post:

For Engineering Enquiries only – Joe Good – (07775) 820 705

With thanks for your patience and tolerance with this necessary gas pipe replacement project.