Award nominations for High Wycombe BIDCo

Bucks Free Press: Award nominations for High Wycombe BIDCo Award nominations for High Wycombe BIDCo

THE organisation that manages High Wycombe town centre has been shortlisted for two prestigious awards.

The High Wycombe Business Improvement District Company has been nominated in the BID of the year and developing the night-time economy categories.

The Association of Town and City Management awards celebrates the work of town centre managers, BIDs, town teams and place-making partnerships.

Chair of the BID Board, Daniel Tomkinson, said: “The inclusion of HWBIDCo on the shortlist in two categories will provide further reassurance to businesses that we are serious about what we do and are well thought of within the industry.  

"We have a good team with a wealth of experience.

“Wycombe needs to make the most of our independence and ability to deliver challenging projects over the next few years to enable it to continue to grow stronger and more vibrant.”

Being included on the five-town BID of the year shortlist has been hailed a ‘significant achievement’ by the Wycombe BID.

It has only been in existence 18 months yet the Wycombe BIDCo is taking on Hammersmith and Fulham, Lincoln and Falkirk – which are all in their second four year term.

Making up the shortlist is the Norwich BID, which is also in its infancy.

In the night-time economy category, the judges were looking for vibrant and diverse offerings from BIDs that understood their towns and took a proactive approach to managing them.

Wycombe retained its Purple Flag for offering a safe and varied night out.

Oliver O’Dell, Chief Executive of HWBIDCo, said: “To be shortlisted is very humbling as we are still a young organisation with big aspirations.

“The early years are often about establishing the organisation and gaining trust within the business community.

“It has always been important for us to benchmark ourselves against more established BIDs, and the industry nationally, and this proves we are on the right track.

“With regard to the night-time economy nomination, we are working hard to ensure our Purple Flag accreditation can influence decision-making at a strategic level.

“This category is now less about operational excellence and more about the physicality of town centres and the offer throughout the evening.

"This is where our focus lies and that is reflected in our inclusion on the shortlist.”

The awards will be handed out on June 26 in Dundee.

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11:19am Thu 5 Jun 14

chepping100 says...

Is there another High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire? As the High Wycombe I know in south Buckinghamshire is in a terrible state.

The town centre a disgrace with many boarded up shops. It is even worse at night.

There are no independent restaurants (apart from a few curry houses), no night clubs. It is dominated by chain-bars with no traditional pubs.

There is an ugly heavy police presence at night. Decent people avoid High Wycombe town centre at night.

Mr O’Dell and is merry band should be ashamed of High Wycombe town centre.
Is there another High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire? As the High Wycombe I know in south Buckinghamshire is in a terrible state. The town centre a disgrace with many boarded up shops. It is even worse at night. There are no independent restaurants (apart from a few curry houses), no night clubs. It is dominated by chain-bars with no traditional pubs. There is an ugly heavy police presence at night. Decent people avoid High Wycombe town centre at night. Mr O’Dell and is merry band should be ashamed of High Wycombe town centre. chepping100
  • Score: 6

12:03pm Thu 5 Jun 14

valleyviewboy says...

Well done HWBidCo! If you want to see some of the stuff they are doing, follow them on Facebook or Twitter. They haven't the money to reopen every shop and all the other idealist notions, but they are working well to make the town a better place- FrogFest, sprucing up the Brunel shed at the railway station, even today they posted pictures of the improvements they've carried out to the notice boards throughout town. Let's have some optimism and be grateful to what they're doing!
Well done HWBidCo! If you want to see some of the stuff they are doing, follow them on Facebook or Twitter. They haven't the money to reopen every shop and all the other idealist notions, but they are working well to make the town a better place- FrogFest, sprucing up the Brunel shed at the railway station, even today they posted pictures of the improvements they've carried out to the notice boards throughout town. Let's have some optimism and be grateful to what they're doing! valleyviewboy
  • Score: 3

6:28pm Thu 5 Jun 14

chepping100 says...

valleyviewboyvalleyv
iewboy is obviously referring to the other High Wycombe that resides in the imagination of Mr O’Dell and is merry band.

The High Wycombe I know is a disgrace.

valleyviewboy: Have you ever been in High Wycombe town centre at night? By no stretch of the imagination could it be described as “vibrant and diverse”. Unless you consider two Wethersoons as “diverse”. And Yates’s and Butler’s as “vibrant”.
valleyviewboyvalleyv iewboy is obviously referring to the other High Wycombe that resides in the imagination of Mr O’Dell and is merry band. The High Wycombe I know is a disgrace. valleyviewboy: Have you ever been in High Wycombe town centre at night? By no stretch of the imagination could it be described as “vibrant and diverse”. Unless you consider two Wethersoons as “diverse”. And Yates’s and Butler’s as “vibrant”. chepping100
  • Score: 7

6:58pm Thu 5 Jun 14

s6blr says...

Is this the same High Wycombe:

Voted #8 on the most crap places to live in the UK?
Completely unsafe in the city centre at night at the weekend?
Home to frequent stabbings, glassings, and all sorts of criminal mischef?

Nice. Don't forget someone will steal the award should they win it and sell the metal for scrap!!!
Is this the same High Wycombe: Voted #8 on the most crap places to live in the UK? Completely unsafe in the city centre at night at the weekend? Home to frequent stabbings, glassings, and all sorts of criminal mischef? Nice. Don't forget someone will steal the award should they win it and sell the metal for scrap!!! s6blr
  • Score: 1

7:31pm Thu 5 Jun 14

valleyviewboy says...

Come on guys, get off your moral high horses and try seeing the good side. High Wycombe is like any other town of 100, 000: it suffers from crime and has a lot of national chain shops- because that's what the people want.

Yes, vibrant maybe isn't the best word for nightlife but I've never had any trouble in town in all my time here. Getting back to the point, hwbidco is trying its best to patch up things that need tweaking and miserable comments like yours do not help. If you really detest the place that much, there are plenty of places you can move to.

PS.Large upmarket supermarkets do not move into towns they regard as failing- as demonstrated by Waitrose today.
Come on guys, get off your moral high horses and try seeing the good side. High Wycombe is like any other town of 100, 000: it suffers from crime and has a lot of national chain shops- because that's what the people want. Yes, vibrant maybe isn't the best word for nightlife but I've never had any trouble in town in all my time here. Getting back to the point, hwbidco is trying its best to patch up things that need tweaking and miserable comments like yours do not help. If you really detest the place that much, there are plenty of places you can move to. PS.Large upmarket supermarkets do not move into towns they regard as failing- as demonstrated by Waitrose today. valleyviewboy
  • Score: -4

8:20pm Thu 5 Jun 14

PhineasandFerb says...

As far as I am aware the award nomination is about the efforts being made to affect a positive change to the town and not to celebrate its current status quo. Having spoken to the BID co team, they are fully aware that the town needs to continue to improve and at a greater rate than at present for it to attract in the type of aspirational business, or visitor, people would like to see. Unfortunately, in the short time that they have been around, they all too often come up against a negative attitude that the town is a lost cause and "why should they bother". It’s actually refreshing to meet people who are prepared to stick their neck out to make a difference, suggest new ideas and to implement them without the usual self-congratulatory rubbish. It seems that those external to High Wycombe see the value in what Mr O'Dell and "his merry band" are beginning to try and accomplish. Maybe a little bit of positive support and constructive thinking from those more local might boost the cause.
As far as I am aware the award nomination is about the efforts being made to affect a positive change to the town and not to celebrate its current status quo. Having spoken to the BID co team, they are fully aware that the town needs to continue to improve and at a greater rate than at present for it to attract in the type of aspirational business, or visitor, people would like to see. Unfortunately, in the short time that they have been around, they all too often come up against a negative attitude that the town is a lost cause and "why should they bother". It’s actually refreshing to meet people who are prepared to stick their neck out to make a difference, suggest new ideas and to implement them without the usual self-congratulatory rubbish. It seems that those external to High Wycombe see the value in what Mr O'Dell and "his merry band" are beginning to try and accomplish. Maybe a little bit of positive support and constructive thinking from those more local might boost the cause. PhineasandFerb
  • Score: 3

9:15pm Thu 5 Jun 14

chepping100 says...

Valleyviewboy said:

“Large upmarket supermarkets do not move into towns they regard as failing”.

Exactly, Waitrose is NOT locating to High Wycombe town centre rather it is taking an out of town site by M40 junction 4.

High Wycombe town centre is a is a disgrace and Waitrose has chosen NOT to locate here.
Valleyviewboy said: “Large upmarket supermarkets do not move into towns they regard as failing”. Exactly, Waitrose is NOT locating to High Wycombe town centre rather it is taking an out of town site by M40 junction 4. High Wycombe town centre is a is a disgrace and Waitrose has chosen NOT to locate here. chepping100
  • Score: 7

9:28pm Thu 5 Jun 14

valleyviewboy says...

PhineasandFerb wrote:
As far as I am aware the award nomination is about the efforts being made to affect a positive change to the town and not to celebrate its current status quo. Having spoken to the BID co team, they are fully aware that the town needs to continue to improve and at a greater rate than at present for it to attract in the type of aspirational business, or visitor, people would like to see. Unfortunately, in the short time that they have been around, they all too often come up against a negative attitude that the town is a lost cause and "why should they bother". It’s actually refreshing to meet people who are prepared to stick their neck out to make a difference, suggest new ideas and to implement them without the usual self-congratulatory rubbish. It seems that those external to High Wycombe see the value in what Mr O'Dell and "his merry band" are beginning to try and accomplish. Maybe a little bit of positive support and constructive thinking from those more local might boost the cause.
Well said! Let's celebrate the fact that there are people here doing a good job and trying to make that difference. Negativity seems to be a thing in High Wycombe, fortunately it doesn't infect all of us living here!
[quote][p][bold]PhineasandFerb[/bold] wrote: As far as I am aware the award nomination is about the efforts being made to affect a positive change to the town and not to celebrate its current status quo. Having spoken to the BID co team, they are fully aware that the town needs to continue to improve and at a greater rate than at present for it to attract in the type of aspirational business, or visitor, people would like to see. Unfortunately, in the short time that they have been around, they all too often come up against a negative attitude that the town is a lost cause and "why should they bother". It’s actually refreshing to meet people who are prepared to stick their neck out to make a difference, suggest new ideas and to implement them without the usual self-congratulatory rubbish. It seems that those external to High Wycombe see the value in what Mr O'Dell and "his merry band" are beginning to try and accomplish. Maybe a little bit of positive support and constructive thinking from those more local might boost the cause.[/p][/quote]Well said! Let's celebrate the fact that there are people here doing a good job and trying to make that difference. Negativity seems to be a thing in High Wycombe, fortunately it doesn't infect all of us living here! valleyviewboy
  • Score: 3

9:31pm Thu 5 Jun 14

valleyviewboy says...

chepping100 wrote:
Valleyviewboy said:

“Large upmarket supermarkets do not move into towns they regard as failing”.

Exactly, Waitrose is NOT locating to High Wycombe town centre rather it is taking an out of town site by M40 junction 4.

High Wycombe town centre is a is a disgrace and Waitrose has chosen NOT to locate here.
Get with the times, supermarkets like to be out of the town centre where people can park their cars with ease- Cressex is just as much a part of High Wycombe as the high street is.

As I said, presuming you live here and you think the town centre is a disgrace, I'm sure Slough, Maidenhead, Aylesbury, Chesham... will all welcome you. Try seeing the brighter side of things for once, it makes you feel better.
[quote][p][bold]chepping100[/bold] wrote: Valleyviewboy said: “Large upmarket supermarkets do not move into towns they regard as failing”. Exactly, Waitrose is NOT locating to High Wycombe town centre rather it is taking an out of town site by M40 junction 4. High Wycombe town centre is a is a disgrace and Waitrose has chosen NOT to locate here.[/p][/quote]Get with the times, supermarkets like to be out of the town centre where people can park their cars with ease- Cressex is just as much a part of High Wycombe as the high street is. As I said, presuming you live here and you think the town centre is a disgrace, I'm sure Slough, Maidenhead, Aylesbury, Chesham... will all welcome you. Try seeing the brighter side of things for once, it makes you feel better. valleyviewboy
  • Score: -1

10:34am Fri 6 Jun 14

chepping100 says...

valleyviewboy said:
“supermarkets like to be out of the town centre where people can park their cars with ease”

It’s this attitude that’s killing town centres.
There is no reason why a town centre can’t have good parking facilities.
valleyviewboy said: “supermarkets like to be out of the town centre where people can park their cars with ease” It’s this attitude that’s killing town centres. There is no reason why a town centre can’t have good parking facilities. chepping100
  • Score: 3

1:41pm Fri 6 Jun 14

OctoberW says...

This is gret news. Good to see that the efforts being made by the very positive and hard working team at HWBIDco are being recognised on a national, if not a local level.
The events that they have put on so far have been a roaring success. The recent Frogfest was a joy. So good to see a real mix of the people of High Wycombe having a good time together. The Christmas lights switch on for the past two years has been infinitely better since the HWBIDco took over. In addition the town is cleaner and brighter. All the various things that are changing are just pieces of the larger picture. Wycombe suffers from a disease of negativity. Perhaps Chepping100 would like to get involved with what they are doing, maybe put in some time to suggest what they can address in the town, and maybe help to make the changes, It's easy to, engage in a debate direct via their website or facebook page, it's early days, given half a chance and a bit of local support, the HWBIDco could actually do some good for the town.
This is gret news. Good to see that the efforts being made by the very positive and hard working team at HWBIDco are being recognised on a national, if not a local level. The events that they have put on so far have been a roaring success. The recent Frogfest was a joy. So good to see a real mix of the people of High Wycombe having a good time together. The Christmas lights switch on for the past two years has been infinitely better since the HWBIDco took over. In addition the town is cleaner and brighter. All the various things that are changing are just pieces of the larger picture. Wycombe suffers from a disease of negativity. Perhaps Chepping100 would like to get involved with what they are doing, maybe put in some time to suggest what they can address in the town, and maybe help to make the changes, It's easy to, engage in a debate direct via their website or facebook page, it's early days, given half a chance and a bit of local support, the HWBIDco could actually do some good for the town. OctoberW
  • Score: 3

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