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Lord Mayor Show 2021

Welcome to this month’s edition of the Cheapside BA newsletter! It’s been a busy month across the area, and we’re delighted to be filling you in on all the latest happenings in Cheapside.

Alderman Vincent Keaveny has been elected as the 693rd Lord Mayor of the City of London and the 2021 Lord Mayor’s Show was held on Saturday 13 November 2021. You can watch it on the iPlayer here.

Cheapside BA partnered with Fleet Street Quarter to show cased their float “celebrating a Magnificent City” to the LM and visitors on the day. It was a great success, seeing thousands line the City streets!
Free Foundations for Responsible Business information sessions

Heart of the City Information Sessions for SMEs – Foundations for Responsible Business

When: Tuesday 30 November at 10.00-10.30am or Monday 6 December at 12.30-1.00pm
Where: Zoom
Book your free place: Tuesday 30 November or Monday 6 December

Becoming a responsible business is at the forefront of many peoples’ minds but getting started can be tricky. Uniquely designed for SMEs, this information session will offer a whistle stop tour of how Heart of the City can support your journey in becoming more responsible through your community, people and environmental work.

Heart of the City will introduce you to their Foundations for Responsible Business, an online programme to maximise how you can do good in your community, champion and support your people and work toward becoming environmentally sustainable and becoming net zero.

If the course already sounds of interest, you can find out more and apply online here:
Message from the City London Police

Following the Liverpool Women’s Hospital incident, which has been declared a terrorist incident, the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) took the decision on 15 November to raise the UK National Threat Level from SUBSTANTIAL, meaning an attack is likely, to SEVERE, meaning an attack is highly likely.

Communities defeat terrorism. It remains vitally important that the public are not alarmed by the change in threat level but remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police.

We would draw attention to the nationally available Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) advice available on the following link.

Further advice and guidance can be provided by the City of London CTSA office at
A new App launching in November promoting local City Business offers!

Cheapside BA, Aldgate Connect, Fleet Street Quarter and EC Partnership

Looking for exclusive offers, itineraries and events in the City? In the City is a brand-new app launching this month, brought to you by the City BIDs and Partnerships with support from the City of London Corporation. Whether you’re visiting or working in the City of London, you’re bound to find something to make you smile. Discover hidden gems, independent businesses and exciting events taking place across the Square Mile and beyond.

In the City helps visitors and workers get the most out of the City, showcasing its vibrant and varied offering but also revealing hidden gems and new experiences.

Download the app when it is released later this month and you’ll be able to explore the City beyond the 9-5, with the Square Mile’s cultural, heritage and leisure offer at your fingertips. Be the first to find out when the app goes live by following @ecpartnership, @cheapsideba, @aldgateconnect and @fleetstquarter on Twitter or Instagram.
Cheapside and Bow Lane Christmas Lights are switched on!

It was a great pleasure to invite the new Lord Mayor Vincent Kearney and Sheriffs of the City of London to turn on the Christmas tree lights in Bow Church Yard and to switch on the beautiful lights on Bow Lane last week.

The event saw the City of London Academy Islington Choir entertaining visitors with festive songs; angelic, illuminated stilt-walkers floating through Cheapside and Chapel Brass playing joyful Christmas music throughout the evening. The community then gathered together in St Mary-le-Bow Churchyard to see the Christmas lights being switched on for the first time this year. It was truly special to hear the bells of St Mary-le-Bow ringing out across the Square Mile to mark the occasion.

Picture below by Media Mixer- Left Claire Dumontier-Marriage Cheapside BID manager, Sherif, Alison Gowman, Lord Mayor Vincent Kearney, Charlotte Fletcher Chair Cheapside BA & Sheriff Nicholas Lyons
Christmas in Cheapside

12 Days of Christmas Virtual Advent calendar launching 1st December. Please visit our website from 1st -12th December to be in with a chance of winning a prize!
The Alternative Christmas Tree

A rather creative, and alternative Christmas tree will be installed on the balcony of Mansion House In December

The piece of art - ‘An Alternative Story of a Christmas Tree’ - has been produced by The Recycling Team at the City of London Corporation and the Cheapside Business Alliance, who commissioned Áinne Burke artist and researcher, to design and produce the Tree.

The festive tree is made of waste materials. Materials from the city sweepers and other waste management organisations, and companies have been collected to build the tree, and piece of art.

The aim of the installation is to send a reminder of the precious resources of metals, plastic, glass and paper used in manufacturing and packaging for all the products consumers buy without perhaps considering where the materials come from, who makes them, how they are transported and where the discarded packaging and products go when we are finished with them.

The message is being sent at Christmas time when more waste than ever is created, in a bid to make people more conscious of their actions, and be more environmentally friendly where possible.

Materials to create the tree have also come from Powerday, Freegle, Teck Take-back, and the Natural History Museum.
Safer Square Mile

Safer Square Mile is the brand new Business Crime Reduction Partnership (BCRP) in the City, working in partnership with City of London Police, City of London, Cheapside Business Alliance and local businesses to reduce the impact of crime. Funded by the City of London Police to directly support the business community, our role is to work with businesses to gather intelligence, share crime prevention advice and circulate details of persistent and prolific offenders.

Safer Square Mile and Cheapside Business Alliance are working in partnership to support BID members across the Cheapside footprint, establishing the issues members face that negatively impact their business’ and the safety of the local community. This information will then help us work together with local police, local authority and key partners to reduce the impact of crime in the area.

Using a secure, GDPR compliant information sharing database, we will gather vital intelligence and information from both the businesses as well as the police and security teams to share with members to support you. If you would like to be involved or hear more information, please contact the Safer Square Mile Manager -

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