About Hoddesdon

About Hoddesdon

Hoddesdon is an attractive, well-kept historic market town in south east Hertfordshire with ancient charters granted by Henry III in 1253 for both a weekly market and an annual fair.

Large parts of the town form a conservation area comprising numerous beautiful, historic buildings and inns, many dating back to the 16th century.

The town centre is located close to the A10 and has good transport links, a good range of supermarkets and independent retailers, including numerous restaurants and cafes. There is a local theatre, museum and library and several local parks/open spaces. Also within easy reach of the town are local primary and secondary schools, as well as local churches.

There is ample public parking with a number of short stay on-street parking bays, as well as ‘free’ parking in all the supermarket (some for up to 3 hours) and several pay and display car parks for longer stays.

Street markets are held in the High Street every Wednesday and Friday.

Love Hoddesdon Business Improvement District

In 2017 the Love Hoddesdon Team, made up of local businessmen, supported by Broxbourne Council, established a Business Improvement District (BID) in Hoddesdon town centre. . Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) have been operating successfully across the UK for over a decade and there are many established around the country, principally in town centres. There are currently 8 in Hertfordshire, including Hitchin, Watford and Welwyn Garden City, with a further 2 - 3 being developed.

A BID is a business-led and business funded body formed to improve a defined commercial area, via a small levy (1.5% in Hoddesdon) based on the rateable value of the business. The benefits of BIDs include:

  • Businesses decide and direct what they want for the area
  • Businesses are represented and have a voice in issues effecting the area
  • BID levy money is ring-fenced for use only in the BID area

The strategic objectives of the love Hoddesdon BID are:

  1. Managing the town: Ensuring that the daily aspects relating to Hoddesdon town centre are met and dealt with effectively, through a dedicated town centre manager to ensure Hoddesdon’s interests are represented and the aims/objectives of its business plan are implemented. Also providing a face of the town to both shoppers/visitors and BID members - liaising with the Council, the Police and other bodies to lobby for the town and help make it a safe, green and clean place to work, shop or visit.
  2. Investing in the town: Encouraging growth and development within the town centre by direct investment in a number of high profile schemes, such as development of a free town centre Wi-Fi and improved signage of the town and its facilities on major routes, such as the A10 to encourage increased visitors to the town.
  3. Promoting the town: Raising awareness of Hoddesdon throughout Hertfordshire and the local area and wider region by enabling a series of enhanced town centre events and promotions and 21st century marketing to target existing communities and new opportunities as they arise.

The Love Hoddesdon BID levy raises around £100k a year from the 200 businesses in the town to fund this work to help local businesses to prosper and attract more shoppers/visitors to the town. It came into effect from Monday, 1st January 2018.

For more information contact Tony Cox, the Love Hoddesdon BID Manager on info@lovehoddesdon.co.uk

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