10th June 2020
As lockdown begins to ease we are delighted to welcome back Linen Quarter companies, and their staff, as they gradually return to the District. Retail opened their doors last Friday, and hotels and hospitality will reopen on the 3rd July. It has been a difficult three months with many challenges ahead, but as the virus recedes we look towards a more optimistic future.
Ensuring a safe and healthy district remains our No1 priority. We have been working closely with public authorities to facilitate the re-opening of the City Centre and we will continue to signpost our members to the latest advice and sources of support via newsletters and social media. It is worth noting that our enhanced police service and LQ Clean Team have been active throughout the lockdown, keeping our district safe and clean (see dedicated news article).
Later this month we will distribute a welcome pack to each of our members. This includes complimentary hand sanitiser for every office and a digital brochure packed with useful advice – from HR to risk management, and from property to well-being. We will also include members offers and incentives for local services. At this time of economic uncertainty, the more local companies can support local companies the better.
If your organisation would like to offer a local incentive across the District – including discounts for professional services, hospitality offers, or free trials – then please get in touch with Leeza@linenquarter.org and we will be delighted to include.
Sadly, we have to announce the cancellation of our events programme for the rest of 2020. We had a vibrant line up planned including the Flax Foodie Festival & Belfast Blues Festival in June; food tours & family fun in July and August, Culture Night and Taste the Island in September; Design Week and Entrepreneurs Week in November; not to mention the 3 month Linen Biennale, and our Summer Street Ambassadors. While this is very disappointing, we aim to bring it all back in 2021, should circumstances allow.
There has, however, been a silver lining to the Pandemic, with much greater interest in how we live and how our cities should operate. Since our inception in 2018 LQ BID have been at the forefront of this debate, actively working to promote sustainability, cycling, and creation of green and social space. We have some exciting concepts for the district which we are discussing with public sector partners. Next week we hope to consult our members with potential ideas – it’s a unique opportunity for the city and we would encourage everyone to be part of the conversation.
As always, if there are any issues in the district you would like to discuss, please do get in touch.