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Patrolling Longer and Later

The popular Be Richmond Patrol Team, which provides a reassuring and welcoming presence in Richmond town centre, is extending its operational hours. The team, which comprises two experienced operatives now patrols the town centre area at the following times: Thursdays 11am until 7pm Fridays 1pm until 12 midnight Saturdays 1pm until 12 midnight Previously, patrol…

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A Warm Richmond Welcome for Worried Ukrainian Musicians

Kiev National Opera Members Enjoy Well-Deserved Respite from Family Worries at Home. The suffering of Ukrainian civilians in the face of the Russian invasion has made for heartbreaking viewing in recent weeks. Hospitals and residential premises shelled, innocent people killed and millions forced to become refugees to escape the onslaught. For 72 members of the…

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Richmond Businesses Vote YES in BID Ballot

STRONG MANDATE FOR NEW 5 YEAR TERM. Media Release – Published Friday, 11 February 2022. In a widely publicised independent postal ballot held over a 4 week period, Richmond businesses have decisively voted YES for a further 5 years of Be Richmond, the brand persona of the Richmond Business Improvement District (BID). The approval for…



Combination of circumstances prevent Be Richmond from organising the 2022 Richmond May Fair.  Alternative options to be considered for important community event. Be Richmond, the brand persona of the Richmond Business Improvement District (BID), has announced that due to a combination of circumstances beyond its control, it will be unable to organise the Richmond May…

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Omicron Business Support Grants

Support for Richmond Hospitality & Leisure Businesses. On 21 December 2021, the Government announced the introduction of grant support for businesses in hospitality and leisure sectors in England. The support, which takes the form of a one-off grant funding scheme, provides support to hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses in recognition that the rise of the…

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Press Release: Santa Lights Up Richmond

Family Fun and Entertainment at New Riverside Location The Richmond town centre 2021 Christmas lights were officially switched on by Santa at Richmond Riverside on Thursday December 2nd. Riverside was chosen to host the event for the first time, because it provided a safe, spacious location with plenty of room for social distancing. The natural…

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Press Release – Richmond Christmas Lights Switch On, Dec 2

NEW RIVERSIDE LOCATION FOR IMPORTANT COMMUNITY EVENT Safe, spacious setting with good visibility Family fun and entertainment including Peter RabbitTM Church bells to ring to mark occasion  The 2021 Richmond town centre Christmas Lights Switch On will, for the first time, take place at Richmond Riverside. The location, which is close to Richmond Bridge, offers…

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Pollinating Planters Brighten up Town

In July, Be Richmond organised and funded the installation of six planters in Richmond town centre in order to brighten up the town and attract pollinating insects. There are four planters outside Richmond Station and one each in Golden Court and Church Court lanes. The planters which contain pollinator-friendly greening, will be maintained by local…

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Save Up to 62% at NCP Richmond Station!

Explore Richmond and Save Money Be Richmond is delighted to have teamed up with NCP to bring you amazing parking offers at NCP Richmond Station car park – save up to 62%! You can enjoy the offers below when you use the NCP Park Pass App Park for 2 hours and save £3.00 Park for…

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Be Richmond Leads Town Clean Up Ready for Reopening

Be Richmond organised a community litter pick on Monday 17th May. The aim was to ensure that the town was looking at its best for visitors, in readiness for indoor hospitality reopening on the same day. Participants included employees from Richmond-based businesses (including Minesoft and Richmond Hill Hotel), residents, representatives from Richmond charities and Councillor…

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Be Richmond Vice Chair on National TV News

Be Richmond Vice Chair, Gabriel Irwin, was in the news on Sunday 14th March. A report by accountants PwC, using data provided by The Local Data Company, suggested that the Covid-19 pandemic had exacerbated an existing problem in Britain’s High Streets, leading to the closure of over 17,500 shops. The report suggested that the impact…

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Roadmap Out of Lockdown – FREE Business Webinars

Richmond businesses are invited to FREE webinars to find out more about the latest Government guidance on the road out of lockdown. Three briefings are being held for businesses in the following sectors: Retail Beauty/Close Contact Hospitality Hosted by the Food and Safety and Trading Standards officers for Richmond, Merton and Wandsworth councils, the events…

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2021 Spring Budget Summary

An at-a-glance, independent, non-political summary of  the Spring 2021 Budget. CORPORATION TAX Corporation tax to rise to 25% in April 2023. Rates to be capped at 19% for companies with profits of under £50,000. Companies can carry back losses of up to £2m for up to 3 years. VAT VAT cut of 5% for businesses…

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Patrol Team off to Flying Start

Shoplifter stopped on first day. Stores delighted to have stolen items returned. The new Be Richmond Patrol Team, Mo and Bashir, hit the ground running on their first day in operation just before Christmas. Alerted by a member of the public that a man in Newbie appeared to be taking items without paying for them,…

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Stylish Graphics Transform Empty Shops in Town Centre

Popular Initiative Funded by Be Richmond Member Businesses.  Empty retail units in Richmond town centre have been transformed by the installation of stylish, colourful graphics showcasing the rich cultural, architectural and natural heritage of the area. Themed around history, culture, nature and local poetry, the graphics have been funded by members of Be Richmond, an…

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Huge Parking Savings at NCP Richmond Station

Amazing discounts available until February 1st 2021 Even More Reason to Shop in Richmond  Be Richmond are delighted to announce a new parking promotion. From now until 1st February, you can make substantial savings at the Richmond Station NCP car park: 2 hours for £3.00 (save £2.60) 4 hours for £6.00 (save £4.60) 6 hours…

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Richmond in Festive Mood After Virtual Lights Switch On

Online Event Attracts Large Community Audience  Richmond was in a festive mood on Thursday 26 November, after a successful online event culminated in a spectacular Christmas Lights Switch On around the town. Livestreamed on YouTube, the event featured seasonal community entertainment from local performers including former Strictly Come Dancing professional, Andrew Cuerden, Richmond Music Trust…

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Richmond BID 2020 AGM Report

Due to Covid-19 social distancing restrictions, the Be Richmond 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place via video conference on the evening of Thursday 1st October. The meeting was chaired by new Be Richmond Chair, Ann Chapman-Daniel of Minesoft Ltd, accompanied by panelists Ellen Storrar, Be Richmond Manager; Isobel Pickles, Be Richmond Project Officer; and…

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New Anti-Viral Deep Cleansing in Richmond Town Centre

Be Richmond News Release. Town centre to be regularly disinfected in bid to prevent new lockdown. Following recent media reports of a rise in the weekly rate of coronavirus cases in the borough*, businesses in Richmond town centre are funding a new programme of regular deep cleansing of people-facing surfaces in the town with an…

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Bike Maintenance Workshop a Success with Richmond Workers

On 24th September, Be Richmond partnered with Richmond Cycles (Richmond’s oldest bicycle shop and servicing centre), to host a safe and socially-distanced bike maintenance workshop outside Tide Tables cafe. Attendees, who represented several leading Richmond businesses, including William Grant & Sons, Savills, Minesoft and Barclays, covered a broad range of cycling abilities and experience, from…

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Making Richmond Safe for Retail Reopening

Safe S.P.A.C.E. Initiative designed to reassure shoppers. In order to support Richmond’s retailers by reassuring shoppers that the town is a safe place to visit, shop and explore, Be Richmond have launched the Safe S.P.A.C.E Initiative. Recent research studies suggest that between 36% and 44% of people have serious concerns about leaving lockdown and coming…

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Deep Cleansing of Richmond with Anti-COVID-19 Spray

Reassurance for shoppers and visitors ahead of retail reopening Listen to  Gabriel Irwin, Be Richmond Vice Chair, discussing the initiative on BBC Radio London   In what is believed to be the first action of its type in London, businesses in Richmond town centre are funding a programme of regular deep cleansing of people-facing surfaces…

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2020 May Fair Cancelled

Popular Community Event to Return in 2021 Due to the continued circumstances surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, Be Richmond has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Richmond May Fair. The event was initially postponed in the hope that it could be held in September, however it has become clear that this will not be…