Terms & Conditions – #NorthbankMural

Terms & Conditions – #NorthbankMural Instagram Competition

Promoters: The Northbank Business Improvement District (Registered office address: 22a St. James’ Square, London, SW1Y 4JH) & Victoria Business Improvement District (Registered office address: 54 Wilton Road, London SW1V 1DE)

1. To participate in this competition, users must share a photo on their Instagram channel of a picture of one of the Northbank Mural and tag @TheNorthbankBID in their post.  

By using the hashtag #NorthbankMural when resharing our image to Instagram, you consent to your image or video being reshared on the @thenorthbankbid social account.

This competition will run from 00:00 on Wednesday day 13th December 2023 until 23:59 on Monday 20th December 2023. Entries made by direct, replies to this T&C page will not be accepted.

2. There will be 1 winner who will be selected at random, after the competition deadline of Monday 20th December 2023, who has fulfilled the criteria in 1) above. Entries made after this point will not be counted.

3. The contest is open to residents of the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) over except for the Promoters employees, all contractors and families or anyone directly connected with the organisation, and operators of its brands and concessions.

4. The prize gift will be XX

5. If you are the lucky winner, you will need to provide your full name, email address and contact phone number as instructed at the time of being announced as our winner. Further details will then be provided by the promoters as to how you claim your prize.

6. We reserve the right to provide an alternative prize of equal or greater value in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

7. Only one entry per person will be accepted. In the event of multiple entries being received from the same Instagram account, the first entry only will be accepted.

8. No purchase is necessary; however, you will need an internet connection and access to Instagram. No refund may be claimed for expenses incurred in participating in the promotion, including in relation to the use of the internet.

9. We reserve the right to exclude any entries which we believe to be inappropriate, fraudulent, or based on misconduct.

10. The prize is non-transferable, non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for any cash alternatives in whole or in part.

11. The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize from the date that they are announced as a winner. After this time, we reserve the right to select a new winner.

12. The decisions of the promoters are final and no correspondence will be entered into.

13. By taking part in this promotion, all participants consent to us collecting, storing and using their personal data submitted with their entry for the purposes of this promotion.

14. Any personal data relating to participants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be used for marketing purposes without the individual’s prior consent.

15. The winner’s name can be obtained by sending an SAE and covering letter to: The Northbank Business Improvement District,54 Wilton Road, London SW1V 1DE, after the closure of the promotion.

19. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram. You are providing your information to The Northbank Business Improvement District and not to Instagram. By participating in this promotion, you agree to a complete release of Instagram from any claims.

20. The promoters do not accept responsibility for entries that are lost, damaged or delayed. For example, as a result of network, system development, computer or telecommunications failures or fault of any kind – including any hardware, programming code, databases or software used in the promotion.

21. Winners may be required to participate in related publicity without further reward. E.g. be photographed for website/newspaper stories, provide a short statement about their win.

22. The promoters reserve the right to withdraw or amend without notice this promotion in the event of any unforeseen circumstances outside of its reasonable control.

24. This promotion and these terms and conditions are governed by English law and subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

25. This promotion is subject to Instagram’s terms of services which can be found at: https://help.instagram.com/581066165581870

New Plan To Tackle Empty Shops In London’s Historic Strand District

Image Credit: @sebarnolddesign

A Strand West Taskforce, made up of members from Westminster City Council, Transport for London, The Northbank BID and property owners, is being established to deliver a 5-year strategy for investment and public realm enhancement across the area stretching from Trafalgar Square to Lancaster Place.

The Taskforce will be focused on delivering a number of measures outlined in a new report commissioned by the Northbank Business Improvement District, Unlocking Potential: Ground Floor Land Use Strategy for the Northbank BID, to identify ways to unlock the potential of Strand and create a sense of place and destination. With links to the river and Covent Garden, the area – which includes Bedford Street, Southampton Street, and Villiers Street – is a key thoroughfare for London workers, residents, and visitors.

But a slow return of office workers to the area has resulted in a substantial level of vacant floor space and a decline in retail offer. Traditional fashion and comparison use has given way to convenience and casual grab-and-go food and drink. In response, the report explores how ground floor space in existing buildings can be better used and adapted to facilitate long-term value creation and increased leasings, with a series of actions for each of the streets.

Informed by the report findings, the taskforce will work to deliver a number of public realm improvements, including:

· Appointing a Central Leasing Advisor to better curate new leasings and tenant mix strategies

· Increasing al fresco dining spots

· Establishing a pop up programme to reduce the number of empty units

· Creating an events programme to encourage greater footfall, dwell time and linked experiences

· Tackling barriers to leasing relating to historic planning conditions, legal agreements, and licensing

CEO of the Northbank BID, Ruth Duston, comments: “Like many places across the country, The Northbank was hit hard by Covid-19, with retail and leisure hurt by lockdown and new hybrid

working models impacting footfall. But the reality is that demand for street-level space was changing across the city pre-pandemic, largely due to increased competition from e-commerce and shifting expectations of consumers for the overall environment and experience.

“As the recent success at Strand Aldwych has shown, partnership is key to delivering coherent large-scale programmes. This is the next step in our ambitious vision for Northbank BID, creating a more vibrant district for future generations and celebrating its historic place in the heart of London.”

Westminster City Councillor, James Small-Edwards added: “The Strand has a rich heritage and it is fantastic to see this initiative bringing an even greater sense of identity, as well as increased investment, to the area.

“It also fits with Westminster City Council’s Fairer Economy plans and principles of good growth, a core focus for us. We look forward to working with The Northbank and other Taskforce members on this project.”


The Northbank Patrol Team help with fire at Trafalgar Square

The Northbank Security Team patrols 7 days a week from 6.30am – 11.30pm to keep the area safe and response to emergencies and low level antisocial behavior. The team responds to calls on the BID radio system, often being the first on the scene to respond to events or medical emergencies.

Security lead officer Rabih, told us about a recent incident in Trafalgar Square.

“We received a message at 18:17 about a cloud of smoke over Trafalgar Square; As Street safety officers, we put public safety at the heart of everything we do.

We went to investigate and we soon realised there was heavy smoke coming from the Admiralty Pub building on the east side of the Square. There was a very thin police presence, so we decided to stay and help out. The Police approached us asking for help. Our task was to stop the public from walking into the direction of the fire, while officers are taping the area around the Square.

We stayed for over 2hrs helping the public with directions, offering alternative routes, and keeping the public away from danger.

Slowly the fire was put out, and more heavy Police presence was established. When we were sure that the area was safe, and the police in total control, we moved on, to carry-on with our Street patrol. We left the area at 8:50”

Northbank BID members can request a free radio to contact Rabih and  the team. To join, please email emily@thenorthbank.london  

Meet John, lead Ambassador for The Northbank

Ambassadors are the face of the BID on the streets to our visitors and businesses.  Here in Northbank we are committed to building great relationships with our businesses and we are ever mindful that we are a crucial link between the BID Team and our Levy Payers. 

An excellent example of this comes from our lead Northbank Ambassador, John:

“A month ago, I visited the Temple Brew House, and spoke with Ludovica who runs both the Brew House and Daly’s, located on Essex Street.

In the conversation she mentioned that she wanted to know when Freshers’ Week (Welcome Week) is for our two colleges in Northbank, King’s and LSE, and if we had any contacts for them.  I thought this was a great opportunity to link the BID Team with Ludovica and sent an email to the Team to assist.

As a result of this connection, the BID Team personally met with Ludovica, signed her businesses up with the Privilege Card Scheme, discussed security issues and the Night Safety charter, and linked her with the colleges”

I was very proud that this one interaction and email sparked this great connection between the Ludovica, the BID Team and colleges.  This is a prime example of how my Ambassador team can really make a difference to the businesses in the area, and we are working hard to create many more of these positive stories.

To request a business visit from the Ambassador Team, please email emily@thenorthbank.london

Help us keep the Northbank clean!

During the daytime, Northbank’s clean team of friendly janitors patrol the district, keeping the area spick and span. Last month the team provided a deep clean of Villiers Street, Royal Courts of Justice and the Strand, you can really see the difference on these before and after shots!

The BID providers an on-demand janitorial service, to our members should they require one off cleaning to remove spillages, grime or graffiti. The service is available on Monday to Friday 8am – 4.30pm. To request this service just call 07934 845 503.

In the last three months, the Clean Team:

•       Swept and litter picked 7,161 blocks of pavement
•       Cleaned or removed 823 pieces of graffiti or flyposting
•       Flushed 80,756 sqm of paving with the electric flushing vehicle
•       Carried out nightly intensive washing of paving amounting to 8,800 sqm
•       Washed 161 refuse bins, cleaned parklets and gardens 418 times
•       Cleared 430 on-street waste issues, the janitorial service resolved 281 issues
•       Collected and removed 1,166 bags of rubbish and recyclable waste
•       Removed over 100 bags of leaves