Update from the economic development working group for Stansted Business Forum members

1. PARKING ARRANGEMENTS FOR NOVEMBER AND THE CHRISTMAS PERIOD 2015-­2016

Uttlesford District council has introduced ‘free after 3pm’ on all council­managed car parks in Stansted from Saturday 7 November 2015 to 23 December 2015. Parking on all council­managed car parks will be FREE from 24 December 2015 to Saturday 4 January 2015. Parking at Lower Street car park will be free all day Saturday 5th December 2015 as the Crafton Green car park will be closed to host the Frost Fayre.

2. REFUNDABLE CAR PARK TICKETS WITH MINIMUM SPEND

Uttlesford District Council are willing to introduce refundable car park tickets to businesses in Stansted. Businesses will need to decide what the minimum spend will be for customers. Contact Iris Evans if any businesses are interested in introducing this.

3. UDC DATABASE OF LOCAL BUSINESSES

The council is setting up a business database which will be promoted district wide and will be accessible to a high number of people. Take advantage of this to promote your business. If you are interested then register now at www.uttlesford.gov.uk/businessdirectory.

4. AUDIT OF SIGNAGE IN STANSTED

The Parish Council is doing an audit of signage, particularly for car parks in Stansted in order to provide better information for those who want to park in Stansted. This may help your customers to find parking better if they want to do business with you.

5. MONTHLY MARKET IN STANSTED?

The Economic Development group is exploring the viability of a monthly market in Stansted to bring in more trade to our local businesses. This could possibly be a specialist food market or one for collectables. Any further ideas would be welcome.

6. IDEAS FOR UPGRADING STATION ROAD, STANSTED

Station Road is not the most welcoming place for visitors. If you have any ideas on how it could be upgraded and support local businesses then please contact Iris Evans.

Iris Evans

Chair

Economic Development Working Group and Treasurer of the Stansted Business Forum

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