The Colwyn BID Buddies was a 12 month pilot project launched in April 2018. The BID Buddies were tasked with light maintenance and delivered a caretaker service throughout the Bay of Colwyn which enabled Colwyn BID to deliver over 10,000 additional maintenance hours within this 12 month period.
Is it a free service?
The BID Buddies are paid for by the BID, so all labour is free to the businesses in the area. There probably will be a cost for any materials, unless it’s something we have already or can use elsewhere.
Any additional hire of tools / equipment required to undertake specific tasks (graffiti removal for instance) will be additional cost.
How are they equipped?
They have a standard size transit van, equipped with a range of hand and power tools, including strimming machines, with which to undertake the majority of anticipated tasks.
When can they work?
The BID Buddies working hours are between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.
What type of jobs?
Any ‘handyman’ type services that benefit the wider business community – routine maintenance, improving the appearance of vacant or derelict premises which might otherwise deter visitors or new business from coming to the area, clearing public areas in partnership with CBCC Open Spaces team, to name but a few.
What can't they do?
The Caretakers will not undertake any task deemed to be of high risk following on site risk assessment. This may include, but is not exclusive to, working near asbestos, roof work, environmental cleaning (sharps / human excrement) etc). The Buddies cannot access private land without the permission of the land owner. The caretakers will not undertake works in severe weather conditions when their health and safety is likely to be compromised. The caretakers will not undertake any specialist works for which they are not trained /qualified /competent to undertake.