017 was an exciting time for Newport Now, delivering initiatives across the city centre and becoming the voice of businesses in Newport’s city centre. They are now looking forward to a bigger and better 2018.
Before Christmas a new gift card was launched in Newport, and more than 70 city centre businesses have already signed up to accept the card. Shops, restaurants, bars, cafes and theatres have all gotten involved.
A constantly-updated list of participating businesses and an interactive map of their locations is available at www.newportgiftcard.co.uk. Stickers are also displayed in the windows of the businesses that accept the card.
Gift cards worth more than £4,000 were sold in December, with more than £1,500 spent so far in January, across 28 different businesses.
The Newport Now Gift Card can be bought online at a dedicated website www.newportgiftcard.co.uk or from Liverton Opticians in Charles Street, or at the Riverfront Theatre.
Newport Now is part of the Newport Businesses Against Crime Partnership, which is a partnership-based approach to preventing crime and disorder. It is used for intelligence gathering and information sharing between the police and local business to help tackle business crime.
The partnership works daily to enable the sharing of information and images. This acts to deter shoplifting in retail settings, and disorder is limited through the Pub Watch scheme.
The Business Improvement District are organising or sponsoring a number of events in the city centre during the early part of 2018. These include:
Sunday, March 4: The Admiral City of Newport Half Marathon.
Supporting St David’s Hospice Care, the event continues to grow in popularity with runners of all abilities. This year the BID is sponsoring a big screen near the finish line. As well as showing runners as they finish the event, the screen will also show advertising from local businesses.
Saturday, April 21: Record Store Day.
The BID is funding a day of live music in the city centre.
Saturday, June 9: Festival of Classics.
Hundreds of classic cars will be on show in the city centre in this BID-funded event.