Bilston BID Manager Simon Archer has successfully applied for funding from the West Midlands Combined Authority, to put on a large event just before Christmas. The WMCA has given us £27,000 to put on the event, so this has not cost the businesses a penny. The event will see a number of circus entertainers performing in the town centre, with two main stages – Church Street, by Greggs and on the Outdoor Market. The BID are working with the same company (Yellow Bus Events) who provided the items for Bilston-By-The-Sea in the summer. The event will take place over three days, Friday 20th, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd December, from 10am to 4pm, which will encourage people to visit Bilston to pick up a few items for Christmas. We would urge you to make the most of this opportunity, by ensuring you are adequately stocked, actively promoting on social media and considering opening on the Sunday. We will monitor the footfall and speak to you in the New Year about how successful this event was, to see if it’s worth repeating next year.