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We offer a variety of services to our members that help businesses save money and time. These initiatives include free recycling and discounted trade waste, a dedicated cost-saving scheme, plus free workshops and seminars. 

We listen to our members to understand how we can support them by providing the most important information as efficiently as possible and monitoring developments and policy impacts on the town centre they operate within.

Furthermore, we create a monthly town centre insight report that provides detailed insight into the health of Kingston including footfall and sales statistics, along with new openings and recent crime statistics.

To get involved with any of these initiatives and for further information, just call Tav or Lucy on 020 8547 1221.

Free Daily Recycling & Discounted Trade Waste

The Kingston First Recycling Scheme is free for all BID members and provides outstanding value for money. We accept paper, plastic, card and cardboard, and waste is collected mixed, so there’s no need for tedious sorting – saving you time and space.

Alongside the free recycling, we also offer a subsidised trade waste scheme. The service is for non-recyclables which include food, polystyrene and any contaminated packaging or material helping businesses save up to 62%.

For further information, or to sign up to either scheme, please contact First Mile directly on 0800 612 9894 mentioning that you are a Kingston First member.

"As an independent shop in Kingston, the First Mile free recycling scheme is invaluable. Not only does it save us money daily, it incentivises businesses to think about their waste management more carefully. The savings from the scheme more than cover the BID levy so it is a 'no brainer' for us, and other indie's who use the service" 
- Mike Smith, Store Manager, Banquet Records

Free Cost-Saving Scheme

Small changes can make a big difference, that’s why Kingston First has introduced a Business Cost Saving Scheme to save money and improve your bottom line.

Through our contracted service provider, Meercat Associates, we use the bulk buying power of UK BIDs and business community members to get the very best market prices, manage your contracts and sort out any issues you may have with essential services. The service is free, with all the savings being passed to you.

For further information, or to review your current contract(s) email: savings@meercatassociates.com

 

 

Get a free bill analysis on:

  • Energy: Electricity and Gas
  • Merchant Services: Inclusive Fees
  • Telecoms: Mobiles, Landlines, VoIP and Broadband
  • Testing: Health & Safety, Fire Risk Assessments, PAT Testing etc
  • Fixing: Handyman & Maintenance Services
  • Training: Health & Safety, Fire Warden and First Aid
  • Security: Physical & Electronic Requirements
  • Pest Control: Food & Non Food Premises

 

"The savings on our merchant fees have been considerable and with Kingston First's assistance we have been able to review our current contract and move over to a much more cost effective supplier. It's a good service and I would encourage other businesses looking to make financial savings to give it a go."
- Luke Spencer, Proprietor, Sevenoaks Sound & Vision

Free Business Training and Workshops

Throughout the year, Kingston First coordinate a number of free business workshops and seminars to help equip BID members and their staff with useful information about upcoming changes that could affect their company, as well as providing useful training workshops for everyday essential skills.

Recent events have included

  • Emergency First Aid at Work
  • Employment Law Briefing
  • Fire Marshall Training
  • Social Media Skills workshop

For further details of upcoming workshops, visit our Member Events page

Discounted Town Centre Parking

Kingston First has secured subsidised retail employee weekend parking with one of the town’s largest car park operators, National Car Parks (NCP).

Kingston employees, as part of the NCP Park Pass scheme, can park at a discounted rate of £5 per day between 8am to 8pm every Saturday & Sunday in NCP, St James Road (Normal weekend day rate circa £16). T&C’s apply.

For further information on the Park Pass scheme, please visit the NCP website: www.ncp.co.uk or contact: steve.tak@ncp.co.uk

In addition, NCP can also offer Kingston town centre employees a subsidised Season Ticket scheme for new customers at a favourable rate of £805.91 excluding VAT at Kingston Fairfield, Lady Booth Road. T&C’s apply.

For further information, please contact tav.juttla@kingstonfirst.co.uk

Town Centre Insight

Each month, Kingston First produces the Kingston Town Centre Insight and Performance Report, which is emailed to BID members. Results are sourced from businesses across the town centre and the Borough providing detailed insight into the health of Kingston.

The most recent reports can be downloaded below, with further reports available on our Resources Page

> October 2017

> September 2017

> August 2017

> July 2017

 

Keep it Kingston Discount Card

In May 2017, Kingston First launched the Keep It Kingston Card exclusively for BID businesses and their employees. The card offers all Kingston First members the opportunity to promote their business and offer exclusive discounts directly to employees of the town centre encouraging them to shop and spend in Kingston.

The launch of the card has been a tremendous success, with over 7000 card holders now enjoying more than 125 preferential benefits for shopping and dining in Kingston. Head to the Keep it Kingston page to view all the latest offers.

All Kingston First members are invited to provide an offer through the scheme that is compelling enough to drive trade, while still maintaining profits. The only requirement is that the offer is exclusive to the Keep It Kingston Card and has some additionality over and above what you are already making available to your general consumers. The offers and discounts are then promoted directly to Card Holders via the website, monthly emails and regularly printed booklets.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

To find out more, download our Quick Guide to the Keep it Kingston Card and complete a Keep It Kingston Offer Form detailing the offer you will provide and the relevant terms and conditions. If at any stage you wish to remove or change your offer this can easily be done by contacting the Kingston First Team, allowing you complete flexibility.