Business Guide

A GUIDE FOR BUSINESSES

Ahead of September 23rd, we’ve put together this handy guide to help keep your business up to speed on how to prepare for the big day. Below you will find our top tips, including travel information and how to get involved.

Get Involved – We would love for your business to benefit from one of the UK’s largest events and there are a number of ways you can get involved. From viewing galleries to charity cheer points, Vélo-themed decoration to special promotions for spectators, if you have something special planned for the day, get in touch! Take a look at some examples from past years for some inspiration here.

Get featured on our website – If you are a business along the route and inviting local people and/or spectators to watch from your business, send an email to route@velosouth.com to be added to our Spectator page.

Enter our programme – Vélo South is committed to helping local businesses and our Community Celebration Programme has been set-up to provide advice, support (and in some cases funding) to businesses, communities or local clubs wanting to put on a special event or activation on the day. This is a fantastic opportunity to create a fun, inclusive and community-spirited occasion that will help you generate exposure and revenue for your business. More information can be found here. Applications close at midnight on 31st August and the lucky winner(s) will be contacted directly. Good Luck!

Plan ahead – Your business will need to plan ahead if it is open for business on a Sunday and/or involves freight, delivery or other transportation, employs a large number of staff or is located on the Vélo South route. To find out if your business is located on or near the route, check out our detailed route map here, complete with a list of the road closures and their timings.

 

Here are our top tips for businesses:

Adjust timings – If you have any deliveries / visits on the day before or after the event, please adjust the timings of them to avoid disruption caused by road closures.

Consider opening times – It may be worthwhile to consider your business adjusting its opening hours or key operations to fall outside the road closure times in your area.

Transport – Consider travel arrangements for your staff ahead of time by looking at the best mode of transport, departure time and route.

Park off-route – If your business is located on the route and a certain journey you need to make is unavoidable during the road closure times in your area, we recommend finding alternative parking away from the route before the closure so that you may make your journey. Parking will not be possible anywhere along the route on the day of the event, and any vehicles parked on the route or in suspended parking bays will be removed.

Communicate – Ensure you communicate changes to your plans well in advance to any suppliers, customers and staff.

Evacuation – Please check your building’s emergency evacuation plan and amend it for during the road closure times.

We hope you find these helpful, and if you have any questions about the event or how your business can plan ahead, don’t hesitate to contact us on route@velosouth.com