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Great Yarmouth BID awarded national accreditation


The Great Yarmouth Business Improvement District has been recognised for its high standards and received a national accreditation for Business Improvement Districts. The BID Foundation’s Industry Standards was awarded to GYBID in recognition of its standards of transparency and responsible governance, following an independent review process.

The BID Foundation, a group of over 70 Business Improvement Districts, has developed the Industry Standards for all BIDs with input from UK government and other national bodies. The Standards highlight information and documentation that should be made publicly accessible and easily identifiable by every BID, and are independently accredited by the Institute of Place Management.

GYBID has passed the Industry Standards accreditation by demonstrating the high standards of aspects including its business plan, governance mechanisms and reporting, Directors and personal interests, and detail on ballot results.

Thinking ahead for 2024


During 2024 Great Yarmouth town centre will see the further redevelopment of the Market Place with improvements of new seating, trees, paving etc which will help to support the new covered market and its growing number of traders which offer a wide choice of good, services and food; the addition of tables and chairs in the canopy area encourages use of the wide choice of hot food stalls already on offer.


Whilst the extended public realm works makes planning major events difficult the Town Centre Partnership will continue to promote small events and trails around the town centre, particularly during school holidays. The Easter Fair will return following the Bank Holiday weekend and the will take up its new dates at the end of May, there is also a Tallship visit planned for the beginning of June and the will now take place during the last week of September.


Perhaps the most anticipated ‘event’ this year will be the opening of The Place as the new library and University learning centre in the former Palmers department store. This is forecasted to increase town centre footfall by bringing students and library users into the town centre. In the meantime we can only hope that domestic energy costs and inflation can be reduced and people have more money in their pockets to support town centre businesses. And in a year that has both a Euro’s football tournament and an Olympics, businesses will be looking to celebrate these with their own events and offers.

December Newsletter


Town Centre Partnership December Newsletter


Lantern Parade

The annual Christmas Lantern Parade take place on Saturday 9th December. The Annual Town Centre Christmas lantern Parade returns with the festive spectacle of families and their handmade lanterns parading around the market place. Community groups and residents from across the borough have been making small and large scale paper and willow lanterns in the weeks leading up to the parade. Groups include Local Primary Schools, Scouts, Brownies and Guides.

There will be an open lantern making  held in the covered market on Saturday 2nd December when anyone can come along and make a lantern to take part in the parade. The workshop will take place between 12pm and 2pm and participants should allow between 20 to 30 minutes to make their lantern. The workshop is free and any lanterns made will be kept and stored ready for the Parade so participants can collect them on the day at the  ahead of the parade.

The Christmas Lantern Parade will take place from 3.30pm on Saturday 9th December and will conclude with carol singing led by Harbour Radio in the undercover canopy of the new market.




Free Festive Parking
Please let your customers know that there is free parking available in the town centre over the festive period on Saturdays and Sundays. From now until Sunday, December 31, 2023 the following six town centre car parks, King Street, Market Place, George Street, Brewery Plain, Stonecutters and Fullers Hill are all free to park on at weekends. The same car parks are all still free after 4pm on any day.




Business Crime Reduction

This time of the year brings with it an increase in shop theft and criminal activity in the town centre. The Town Centre Partnership provides its members with a comprehensive range of crime reduction initiatives known as including a town radio link, exclusion scheme and secure sharing of images and information on known offenders. These are all supported by our town centre street wardens and CCTV operators. If you would like to know more information please contact




Great Yarmouth Angel Festival

This year Great Yarmouth Minster are celebrating Christmas in a different way. For many years they have invited businesses, schools and community groups to decorate a Christmas Tree but this year they are trying something different and having an Angel Festival.

Angels are an important part of the Christmas story so what better way to celebrate Christmas than to turn the Minster into the Heavenly Host with angels of all shapes and sizes. The Minster is inviting community groups and organisations to create an angel to be displayed in the church. It can be a full-sized free-standing angel or a table-top angel ideally made using recycled materials in your creation. They are charging £10 to enter an angel into the exhibition which opens from Friday 8th to Sunday 15th December when public entry to the Festival is free.
The festival will open on Friday 8th December at 6pm with mulled wine, hot chocolate and mince pie and lots of activities for children and adults alike so don’t miss the fun! If you would like to exhibit an Angel at the festival please click this link for a booking form  or contact the Minster by email: or phone 01493 858410

Great Yarmouth Town Centre Awards 2023 Winners Announced


The Civic Society of Great Yarmouth is seeking to promote and enhance the heart of the town centre by publicly recognising the effort that so many businesses make with their shop and business frontages. The annual awards were divided into categories of town centre businesses.

The five categories are:

  • Retail
  • Food and drink establishments
  • Services to include estate agents, banks, building societies etc.
  • Personal services e.g. hairdressers, nailbars, tanning studios etc.
  • Market stalls in the Six Day Market

An initial visual audit by Civic Society members of town centre premises was completed in May which was followed by a further round of judging of those premises shortlisted in the first audit.

The judging took into consideration the following criteria:

  • Frontage – first impressions
  • Cleanliness and lack of clutter on doors and windows
  • Window display
  • Cleanliness in front of premises including pavement

The judges scores were combined and the following winners in each category was announced in a ceremony at Great Yarmouth Town Hall on Thursday 13th July.

The category winners all received a framed certificate:

Morfose Turkish Barber, King Street for ‘Personal Services’

Hays Travel, Market Place, for ‘Services’

Nichols Seafood, Covered Market, for ‘Market Stall’

F Hinds, Market Gates shopping centre, for ‘Retail’

Avenue Fabrics, Market Place, for ‘Independent Retail’

The Troll Cart, Regent Road, for ‘Food, Drink and Leisure’


The overall winner was presented with a trophy and certificate:

The Troll Cart, Regent Road.


The full list of finalist were announced as:

Business Category
New York Nails Personal Services
Morfose Turkish Barbers Personal Services
Philip John Jewellers Retail
HSBC Services
Greggs Retail
Sports Direct Retail
Acorn Centre – Age Concern Services
The Barber Shoppe Personal Services
Barkers Photos Personal Services
Sew Knitty Retail
The Troll Cart Food, Drink & Leisure
IJustWannaTreatUS Food, Drink & Leisure
Market Gates Noodles Bar Food, Drink & Leisure
F Hinds Limited Retail
Warren James Retail
Market Café Food, Drink & Leisure
The Market Tavern Food, Drink & Leisure
Avenue Fabrics Retail
Hays Travel Services
Jack’s Flower Stall Market Stall
Nichols Seafood Market Stall
Copland Family Bakers Market Stall
Aston Shaw Services
Jim’s Butchery Retail
Upper Cut Barbers Personal Services
Lovewell Blake Services
TD Nails Personal Services
Broad Row Stores Retail
Vision Norfolk Services
The Mariners Freehouse Food, Drink & Leisure




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