The Colwyn BID team work hard to make the Bay of Colwyn a better place to shop, stay, visit and do business. Our aim is to raise the profile of the area and drive the whole area forward by improving experiences, standards and adding value by working in collaboration with all sectors.
◇ Old Colwyn ◇ Mochdre ◇
◇ Rhos-on-Sea ◇ Colwyn Bay ◇
Colwyn Business Improvement District (BID) is a not for profit social enterprise organisation dedicated to raising the profile of the Bay of Colwyn which includes Mochdre, Rhos on Sea, Colwyn Bay and Old Colwyn.
Colwyn BID is a powerful tool funded by the eligible rate-paying businesses within the BID Boundary. We directly involve local businesses in activities and work in collaboration with local authorities to improve the local trading environment.
Together we are helping to make the Bay of Colwyn a cleaner, safer and more welcoming place and raising its profile through place marketing, promotion and regeneration specific projects which bring direct benefits to businesses and enhance the experience of business owners, employees, local community residents and visitors.
Colwyn BID serves as a catalyst for change and to bring investment in to the area.
Colwyn BID Projects
‘Creating the Bay of Colwyn: the seaside centre, perfectly placed for business and leisure’
2019/20 is set to be the most exciting year to date for Colwyn BID as we prepare to launch new projects and continue striving to deliver the very best for the Bay of Colwyn.
Project completion status *
Chewing Gum Removal
Business Savings Advisory Service
Old Colwyn "Mini Regen"
Wales Rally GB Stage
Integrated and Animated Spaces Support 2018 - 2020
Mochdre Railings and Planters
Social Media & PR Training
Cars and Coffees Go Large on the Caley
Business Communication and Engagement Initiative 2019/20
Rhos on Sea Shop Front Planters
Branding to promote the collective identity of the Bay of Colwyn
Go North Wales Membership Discount
Mochdre Bus Stops
Rhos Heritage Trail
Festoon Lighting Rhos on Sea
Colwyn in Bloom
Heart Radio Marketing Campaign & Area Specific Events
Street Furniture 2018/19
National Lottery Heritage Fund, Great Place scheme - Match Funding
CPR & Defibrillator Sessions
Public Access Defibrillators
BID Buddies (12 months pilot scheme)
Arriva Bus Discounts
Suggested projects which were fully researched and considered by the Colwyn BID Team but unfortunately were not undertaken as they either did not meet the relevant criteria of the current business plan or were not approved by the Strategic Board.
Rhos on Sea Lettering - Caley Embankment
Bay of Colwyn Gift Card
Mochdre Parking Proposal
Promenade Land Train
Information / updates on Projects
Following concerns raised regarding unsightly chewing gum around the Rhos on Sea Businesses, quotes have been received for a specialist chewing gum removal team to tackle the issue.
Approval has been sought for the work to be undertaken.
At a previous Mochdre business forum meeting, businesses proposed a new project to the BID team which would benefit the levy paying businesses with substantial savings that far outweigh their BID Levy payment.
We are currently in discussions with Meercat Associates who are BID Industry Specialists and work with BIDs such as Aberystwydd, Bridgend, Leicester and many others throughout the UK.
Through this scheme businesses can take advantage of group buying powers, saving money on a wide range of services including, telecoms, recycling, waste, water, energy, merchant fees and much more. The provision of this service would be free to all levy payers, this proposal will be presented at the next strategic board meeting for their consideration.
This is a new project for 2019/20.
The Colwyn BID team are currently finalising the details of the tenders which will see many businesses in Old Colwyn benefitting from a shop front ‘face lift’ this year.
An initial meeting has taken place to discuss the project with the relevant authorities [24/06/2019]
More information about the project will be presented at the next OCRA meeting on the 10th of July.
Following a fantastic proposal in January 2019, Motorsport UK were invited to make a full presentation to the board in February. A unanimous decision was made by the Directors of the Company to support the proposal and confirmed Colwyn BID’s financial support of £50,000.
This televised, family friendly event puts the Bay of Colwyn on an international stage as requested by the Levy paying businesses. Having global recognition as an event destination has already generated enquires to host other large scale events.
This is a partnership project led by the local authority financially supported by the Bay of Colwyn Town Council and Colwyn BID with grant funding from the Welsh Government.
The project is part of the regeneration of Colwyn Bay which includes traffic management through the town centre, opening Station Road to dual access for vehicles and pedestrians and also creating activity spaces.
Colwyn BID has supported the project during the initial planning stage. The report for the first phase is currently being drafted by the CCBC Highways Department.
With the kind support of the Mochdre Community Council we are now able to proceed with the proposed painting of the railings in the village.
Introduction to Social Media and Public Relations for Business. Full details and dates of the courses can be found here
Colwyn BID provided support for the hugely popular Cars and Coffees Go Large Event in Rhos on Sea – Feedback from visitors and the local business has been exceptionally positive.
Congratulations to Rhos on Sea Events and all of the Volunteers on the success of the event – A great time was had by all!
We are currently in the process of sourcing quotes for a deep clean of the town centres within the Bay of Colwyn.
Plans to address the communication and engagement challenges between the Colwyn BID team and the Levy paying businesses began to take shape in December 2018.
The role of the Project Officer (which has been covered by part-time or temporary staff since May 2018 when the previous PO became the new BID Manager) was re-evaluated by the BID Manager and taken to the Strategic Board for approval as digital communication skills were identified as an integral part of what was missing in order for the BID to successfully deliver a high standard of communication to the members along with support within the BID team.
Following the approval from the Strategic Board in April, a new role was created and advertised with an essential requirement of digital marketing experience in addition to office administration. Our new Marketing and Administration Officer was identified as a suitable candidate and joined the team on a full time basis on the 10th of June and is currently being brought up to speed on all BID projects past, present and future.
The recruitment of two Colwyn BID Ambassadors as well as creating more events/opportunities for businesses to engage with the team are also part of this initiative.
The website is being updated accordingly and will become the primary source of information moving forward.
Details of the events where you can engage with the BID team are listed here
We are currently in the process of sourcing quotes for new planters to be placed outside the businesses in Rhos on Sea
Colwyn BID levy paying tourism businesses are eligible for up to 20% off membership with North Wales Tourism.
Colwyn BID recently replaced two existing bus stops in the Mochdre village due to them being damaged
This project has now concluded – Colwyn BID will re-open the project should a dialog begin with the owner of the larger bus stop. The bus stop on the centre island is privately owned and we have contacted the owners, a request has been put in to have it repainted by the owners.
The refurbishment of the Rhos Heritage Trail is nearing completion. The columns have been treated and re-painted and new information boards have been printed to be installed very soon.
As part of the continued regeneration of the promenade, Colwyn BID have partnered with CCBC for the next phase of the project to install festoon lighting along the Rhos on Sea promenade area.
As the current lighting columns along the promenade will be replaced as part of this project we are currently awaiting on a proposed implementation date from CCBC
[03/07/2019] Grant funding has been awarded and the Consultancy Section of CCBC are finalising the designs to be put to tender.
Following a recent meeting with CCBC Planning the Mochdre signage application will now be resubmitted by our consultants. As this application will need to be determined by the Planning Committee, the provisional date given for a final decision by CCBC Planning is 14.08.19.
The Mochdre signage application was previously refused at Planning Committee due to concerns raised by the CCBC Highways department.
Representation for the Bay of Colwyn during the planning and financial support is provided each year to boost the project in order for Colwyn in Bloom to have a more substantial impact on the appearance of the BID area.
In 2018 Colwyn BID partnered with Heart Radio to deliver a 12 month on air marketing campaign and four activity days with the aim of increasing the profile of the Bay of Colwyn and the four individual business communities within the BID boundary.
As part of the promotion we have had 12 months continuous air time with area specific marketing and promotion. The adverts were created to advertise the unique qualities of the community and services available to target the local market and expand in to new markets.
Lois and Oli of Heart breakfast radio joined us at events in the BID area; Colwyn Bay Market, Rhos on Sea Summer Gala, Old Colwyn Christmas Markets and Mochdre Easter Fete.
All of the events were well attended, feedback from visitors, businesses and local community residents has been extremely positive.
Colwyn BID have purchased a number eco friendly, low maintenance benches which have been installed around the Rhos on Sea village to replace damaged and weathered wooden benches.
The new benches in the Princess Diana Gardens in Rhos on Sea were purchased by Colwyn BID.
A joint venture between the Colwyn BID, Bay of Colwyn Town Council and Conwy County Borough Council to secure a National Lottery Heritage Fund, Great Place scheme grant.
The Imagine Colwyn Bay Project is an exciting project placing culture, creativity and community at the heart of Colwyn Bay’s regeneration.
The project launched on the 9th of April
Read more here
Unfortunately, our loyalty scheme was not adopted by the businesses within the Bay of Colwyn area and a decision was made to no longer proceed with this project.
Find details on the project here
Dates for the second round of sessions are being finalised.
More details available here
9 Public Access Defibrillators (PADs) have been installed throughout the Bay of Colwyn area.
Full details of the project can be found here
This 12 months pilot project consisted of two part time maintenance caretakers known as the Colwyn BID Buddies. They were tasked with delivering small handy man type maintenance projects throughout the Bay of Colwyn area assisting with enhancing the appearance of the community.
The cost of this project exceeded our annual budget and we were unable to deliver maintenance tasks in line with our partnership baseline agreements which lead to a decision being made not to proceed with the project beyond its pilot phase.
Read more on the project here
In 2018 we launched a discount scheme with Arriva buses for our business owners, their employees and local community residents.
This scheme is simple and offers up to 20% discount on standard Arriva ticket fees with tickets a weekly ticket available from as little as £14 or £45 for a 4-weekly ticket. There are more ticket options available, click on the link below to choose an option which best suits your travel needs:
The card works in a similar way to the Oyster Card (used on the London underground) and once you’ve registered your card its even easier to keep it topped up.
Unfortunately we have been unable to get approval from the relevant authorities for this project to go ahead due to health & safety and maintenance concerns
The proposal for a Bay of Colwyn Gift Card (Town Card) was not approved at by the Strategic Board due to the lack of demonstrated business support with previous schemes we have attempted to implement.
* The project completion status bars illustrate the phases of Colwyn BID’s involvement or support for the schemes.
Many of the projects are led by external organisations and a completed progress bar may only indicate completion of Colwyn BID’s proportion of the project