Harrow BID works closely with partners who can help us create a safer area to live in, work in and do business in.
We attend the quarterly meetings of the Safer Neighbourhoods Greenhill Ward Panel, where we discuss aspects of the town centre with police officers, councillors and local residents. We also attend the term-time monthly meetings of the Deputy Heads from Harrow schools and police officers.
We provide input to meetings of the borough’s Anti Social Behaviour Action Group where decisions are made about issuing Criminal Behaviour Orders and Community Protection Notices and we regularly ban troublesome youth and prolific shoplifters from the town.
We provide access to a secure offender database called DISC. Members must join HBAC (Harrow Business Against Crime), sign up to a code of practice in order to share images and information regarding shoplifters and individuals involved in crime in the town centre. The HBAC Board of Management regularly meet and issue banning notices to individuals who behave anti-socially.
Members can also receive a townlink radio which is linked to the police and Harrow CCTV control room. This enables businesses to alert others of potential ASB, shoplifters or emergency situations.
Best Bar None is an Accreditation Scheme with National Awards supported by the Home Office and the drinks industry which is aimed primarily at promoting responsible management and operation of alcohol licensed premises.
The BID has 3 BIIAB trained staff members who inspect licensed premises and has helped to ensure our pubs and restaurants offer high standards of care to their customers and meet their legal responsibilities. Venues who pass the various social, welfare and health & safety checks receive accreditation plaques and each year awards are given to the best venues in various categories at an awards evening held locally.
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Is your business prepared??
Do you have a continuity plan should something in happen in your business or in the town centre?
Is your business continuity plan reviewed regularly and do your staff know what to do to, particularly if you are not in?
A business continuity plan is needed for the most likely risks to your business. Is a terrorist attack your main area of concern, or is it a loss of IT? How can you mitigate the negative effects on your business, premises and staff?
If your business does not have one, click below to download a template which you can modify to your particular needs.
Following on from the Continuity Plan above, The Property Flood Resilience Code of Practice, launched in February 2020 by the Property Flood Resilience Roundtable, provides practical guidance aimed at a range of audiences. We understand the importance of the Code of Practice and have created easy to implement suggestions to summarise and advise small businesses on how to prepare for flooding. Download the fact sheet below:
On 20th February 2020 the Bank of England launched the new polymer £20 note.
Click below learn how to spot a counterfeit note.