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2016

Our annual review of waste and recycling in the area, shows 143 businesses recycling through the BID, with 1,588,268 kg’s of waste successfully recycled between September 2015 and August 2016.

The BID was awarded a Silver Gilt prize in the Business Improvement District category of London in Bloom 2016.

Our three, free music festival Fridays, Paddington Covers, returned for the June, July and August, attracting thousands of people to Norfolk Square Gardens to enjoy amazing tribute acts and cover bands playing live alongside some fabulous children’s entertainers. See what fun was had here.

Norfolk Square Gardens presented the perfect, tranquil setting for a summer performance of Much Ado About Nothing in July, staged by Shakespeare in the Squares, and sponsored by PaddingtonNow.

The first edition of our new look, new name magazine Explore Paddington hit the streets in July packed full of ideas for locals and visitors, from paddle-boarding to ping pong, pilates to ponies. The summery magazine also featured the best lunch spots, business breakfast venues and even a “battle of the afternoon teas”.

Specialist training for local hoteliers on Human Trafficking was delivered by two of our Safer Neighbourhood Team officers in May. Management and frontline hotel staff learnt how to spot the signs and report them, without putting themselves in danger. This is part of a wider operation by the local BID Police Team to reduce vice, and increase awareness of the issues surrounding this practice.

In celebration of £1.5m investment in greening and environmental projects in Paddington over 11 years we entered London in Bloom for the first time in April, documenting our achievements in a new document, Greener Paddington.

As part of the Clean Air Better Business Campaign, we took part in two Clean Air Action Days in March dedicated to asking drivers not to idle across the PaddingtonNow BID area, in conjunction with other London BIDs and scientists from Kings College London. On our patch 518 drivers engaged, and 379 people pledged to not idle in the future. King’s are monitoring the results for a full scientific report and analysis, but initial indications are that our #NoIdling campaign really impacted positively on London’s air quality on those days.

Local hoteliers and restaurateurs flocked to a networking evening at the Frontline Club in March where they benefitted from a presentation and workshop about how to maximise your potential on TripAdvisor.

2015

Costain Skanska host a special one-off presentation and tour of the Crossrail site for a small group of business owners to show the progress and scale of the project.

The winter edition of PaddingtonNow is  published, check out the new itinerary for locals and visitors, or read the feature reporting on new developments in the area.

BID Members and guests attend a presentation from London and Partners Insights Team on Tourism Trends for London, at the Frontline Club in October.

The BID’s three summer events, ‘Paddington Covers were held in Norfolk Square Gardens on the last Friday of June, July and August with an excellent response from visitors. As the gateway connecting festival-goers to the UK’s top events, Glastonbury, Somersault and Reading, Paddington will host the mini summer series on the same dates next summer as a fun and free alternative to the ‘real deal’.

Paddington celebrates the arrival of a new royal baby, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge, born at St Mary’s Hospital on 2 May 2015.  There were almost 200 mentions of PaddingtonNow associated with Princess Charlotte’s arrival in Paddington, including standout interviews with London Live and BBC Radio London, coverage on key national websites including Mail Online, MSN, Yahoo and Huffington Post, as well as international exposure across Chinese, Japanese, Brazilian and Polish press.

The second edition of PaddingtonNow magazine is published and distributed to local businesses, residents and hotels.

Paddington’s Business Improvement District enters its tenth year of representing and working with local businesses.

2014

The BID completes the installation of new railings and landscaping of 6-36 and 38-76 Sussex Gardens.

The BID rebrands to create a new identity, Paddington Now, unveiled in July 2014.

Globally acclaimed advertising agency adam&eveDDB host a networking session for members in July 2014.

The BID adds deckchairs and a table tennis table to complete the work to Norfolk Square Gardens in July 2014.

The Sounds and Bites Festival entertained locals and tourists with beautiful music and delicious food in August 2014.

BID members and agency partners are treated to a special viewing of Paddington’s Fan Bridge at a networking event with the team from Merchant Square in October 2014.

The BID teams up with illustrator Hannah Warren to adopt and decorate a statue of Paddington Bear, PaddingtonScape, as part of the Paddington Trail, in November 2014.

PaddingtonNow publishes its first magazine for visitors and people who live and work in the Paddington area in November 2014.

PaddingtonNow organises the installation of Paddington’s first sunken rain garden and a green wall at St Mary’s Hospital. This was done in partnership with GLA’s Greening the BIDs initiative.

2013

Paddington BID completes a landscaping project with Westminster City Council to re-locate the park-keepers hut in Norfolk Square Gardens and replace it with a purpose-built facility in May 2013.

The BID secures a grant from Drain London of £9,000 in August 2013 to introduce measures aimed at reducing surface water flooding in Praed Street, Paddington.

Paddington BID commissions a green infrastructure audit to assess opportunities for additional greening in Paddington in November 2013.

The BID brings a planting and landscaping scheme to Conduit Place in November 2013.

With Punchdrunk the BID brings ‘The Drowned Man’ on location to Paddington Station in December 2013.

2012

In conjunction with Westminster City Council, Paddington BID widens the London Street pavement, relights and resurfaces London Street in April 2012, ahead of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Paddington BID brings the Legible London way-finding signage system to Paddington in May 2012.

A Business Security Zone is launched in Paddington in July 2012, in conjunction with the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Unit.

Paddington BID is renewed for a third term, with an 83% majority in November 2012.

2011

Networking event for members held at Royal Park Hotel in March 2011.

London Street was closed to traffic and turned into a giant running track in July 2011 when the BID turned Paddington into our very own theme park in the Paddington Games, with football, table tennis, running, climbing, weightlifting, cricket, cycling and rowing.

A skating rink, Santa’s grotto and Christmas Market lit up Paddington in December 2011 with the BID’s three day Sparkle and Skate event.

2010

The BID completes the landscaping of 78-106 Sussex Gardens in March 2010, cleaning the gardens, pruning trees, renovating railings and putting in new plants.

in June 2010, a community games event was held in Talbot Square Gardens by the BID

Paddington BID holds an Alteration Ballot to vary its levy rules, enabling flexibility to give discounts year on year, in July 2010.

Networking event for members held at Indigo Hotel in July 2010.

The BID brought the seaside to Paddington in August 2010, organising a grand Beach Party in Norfolk Square Gardens, with a giant beach, donkey rides, helter skelter, Punch and Judy, music and of course candyfloss.

Networking event held for members at Heavenly Spa in November 2010.

Paddington BID brings the first ever Christmas Market to Norfolk Square Gardens in December 2010, with five days of delightful food and gifts, and even a special VIP in Paddington Bear himself to switch on the Christmas lights.

2009

Paddington BID launches its radio scheme connecting businesses with the Community Safety Team and Westminster’s Control Centre, in January 2009.

Paddington BID achieves British BIDs Accredited BID Status in April 2009.

Paddington BID celebrates the re-opening of Talbot Square Gardens in April 2009, after joint investment with Westminster City Council, English Heritage and TfL. Railings were returned to the square, new entrances created and the gardens landscaped.

The circus came to Paddington in August 2009 when the BID organised Circus in the Square, with acrobats, clowns, a big top, stalls and fair ground games and rides.

The BID launches a Paddington PubWatch scheme in August 2009.

Paddington BID installs Paddington’s first ever Christmas Lights in December 2009, switched on by Jonathan Ross and Paddington Bear, watched over by reindeer!

2008

Paddington BID is renewed in October 2008, with an 83% majority.

Paddington BID’s Crossrail Business Liaison Panel holds its first meeting for businesses in November 2008.

Paddington BID, as part of Westminster City Council’s Civic Streets programme, contributes towards the paving, widening and relighting of Praed Street’s pavement in December 2008.

The BID completes the landscaping of 108-166 Sussex Gardens in August 2008, cleaning and re-planting the gardens and repairing and repainting the railings.

An event to celebrate the re-watering of Paddington Basin was hosted by the BID and local restaurants in September 2008, with music, remote controlled boats, games and fantastic dining offers.

The BID’s Party in Paddington series continues with live music, face painting, magic and a barbecue over two days in September 2008.

Candlelit carols take place in Norfolk Square in December 2008, with businesses providing winter warmers mulled wine and toasted chestnuts.

2007

Paddington BID petitioned Parliament in respect of the Crossrail Bill and secured an undertaking to establish a dedicated business group, a Crossrail Liaison Panel – the only one of its kind in London – in February 2007.

Paddington BID launches its kerbside recycling service for businesses, the first of its kind in the UK in April 2007. It now collects from 200 businesses three times per week and recycles on average 81 tonnes per month.

Paddington BID’s CCTV system goes live in May 2007.

The BID launches Party in Paddington, a two day event of live music, dance demonstration and lessons, backed up with a barbecue, over two days in August 2007.

2006

Paddington BID produces a planning and design guide for small businesses, the first of its kind with Westminster, in June 2006.

The BID continues with its What’s Your Flavour festival, hosting a two day dance event in August 2006 with Big Band and Salsa, accompanied by dining offers in surrounding hotels and restaurants.

A programme of Christmas-themed walks was topped off with candle-lit carol singing in Norfolk Square Gardens, organised by the BID in December 2006.

2005

Paddington BID and Paddington Waterside Partnership enter a BID Management Agreement, for the Partnership to operate the BID on behalf of the BID Board, in April 2005.

Paddington BID is established following a ballot of businesses in February 2005, with 87% in favour. The BID goes live in April 2005 covering 36 streets and includes over 350 businesses.

Paddington BID’s Community Safety Team begins patrols in June 2005.

A stretch of Praed Street was improved by the BID in January 2005, removing advertising hoardings and installing planters to brighten up the area bound by St Mary’s hospital car park.

The BID introduced seasonal hanging baskets to Paddington in April 2005. The scheme now covers 10 streets and includes 90 baskets.

A second What’s Your Flavour event was held with music, dance and food on offer introduced in Paddington, with a series of five music concerts and dining offers at 46 eateries in Paddington throughout August 2005.