Association of Barbican Businesses (ABB)

Plymouth Barbican

Association of Barbican Businesses
Chairman: Ben Shearn
Secretary: Kathy Lingard
Treasurer: Clare Phillips

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Welcome to the home page of the Association of Barbican Businesses (ABB).

The ABB has been running for over 30 years. It is an organisation setup by local traders from across the Barbican area with the aim of working together to help the Barbican from discussing local issues to organising events like the ABB Barbican Easter Egg Hunt and the ABB Raft Race.

The members of the ABB are a friendly group and all are passionate about the Plymouth Barbican area.

If you’d like to find out more or would like to join the ABB please contact the secretary Kathy Lingard via kathy.lingard@daviesjohnson.com

Official Plymouth Barbican Map and Guide 2014 Small

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ABB CHAIRMANS REPORT 2014Plymouth Barbican ABB Prawn logo

By Benjamin Shearn – Tuesday 14th May 2014

The last year has not been a particularly easy one for a lot of Barbican businesses, increased business rates, the rising cost of materials and the ever increasing trends in shopping on line have all added to the challenges of trading within a recession.

That said, there are very real signs that the country is moving out of recession now and that even we in the Westcountry won’t be far behind!

Regardless of national economic statistics the Barbican has its very unique identity as we know and there have been very clear signs of improvement over the last twelve months. The Christmas lights and thanksgiving celebrations, seafood festival, sailing events and Pirates weekend have all grown annually thanks to the BID funding but we should remember that the businesses and ABB gave the confidence in these projects in their infancy, (who remembers) the Artemis Transat race and our Pirate weekend, Thanksgiving day being televised on prime time tv and of course volunteers erecting Christmas lights in the dead of night.. We should be proud of what we achieved on zero budgets over the years and the goodwill and attention that these events and acts received.

Our formal constitution states, “the continued aim of the ABB is to raise awareness of the Barbican in order to increase footfall within it, by helping to create a family friendly unique “must visit” destination for the residents of Plymouth and visitors to the City by encouraging both ‘day visits and ‘weekend breaks’ ” … this of course is still very relevant however with the PWP Bid entering its third year, the necessity for us to independently or single handedly take on the events and marketing role is not so critical anymore, instead our focus should be on expanding and shouting about what makes the Barbican so very different to other retail and dining offers. Making holistic improvements to the area to make our visitors welcomed, emphasising the feel good, the personal, the unique and the special. Whether that’s the service, the shop fronts, the shop fit or the product, we need to focus on our independence, our quirky and the individual appeal the area offers.

Going forward

  • Our formalised Constitution continues to raise our profile and creditability as an organisation and ensure that we were embedded within the consultation of the “Business Improvement District” process, I continue to represent you at legal board level of the Bid and Norman and Adrian have done a great job representing the retailers on the advisory board, well done and continued thanks    from all our members for your continued involvement.
  • We continue to work alongside alongside the PWP and PCC to facilitate events -Tall Ship visits, the Classic Boat Rally, Pirates Weekend, Markets, Christmas Lights, Raft Race, Easter Egg Trail, the Seafood Festival and the Barbican Jazz and Blues Festival again, these all support our objectives of increasing footfall to the Barbican and none of it is possible without the kinship, support and the enthusiasm of members giving up their time and getting involved – particular thanks to Lizzy for co-chairing and creating an easy point of contact for me on the Barbican, Claire for her role as Treasurer, Easter Trails Elf support and tireless work on the 2014 map and guide.
  • We continue to build on our relationships with Plymouth City Council, PWP, Chamber of Commerce, Vis.it Devon, Barbican Heritage Trust, St Andrews· Church, Devonport Regeneration group, City Safe, Pub Safe, Sutton Harbour, Bretonside traders group, Devon and Cornwall Constabulary and others. These alongside some of the City’s largest law firms and stakeholders regularly attend our meetings and follow our progress and I wish to thank these groups for their continued support and interest in the ABB.

 The ABB have produced a 2014/15 map and guide due to be circulated any day, solely highlighting the barbican and ABB members, the last one was done in 2009 and the first under the supervision of John Dudley aka Cap n Jasper who taught me a lot about the Barbican and representing the businesses within.

Through the hard work of many we have created a common interest and unity amongst Barbican Businesses which has meant our voice has been heard within Plymouth. Our professionalism has been acknowledged and our ambitions for the Barbican constantly recognised

With our contributions to the Waterfront Partnership Business Improvement District we can work hand in hand to achieve all these objectives, and with the advisory board and legal board representation we are well positioned to do exactly that, however there has never been a more important time for the ABB to be supported as we need numbers to maintain the momentum and weight it has carried over the last years.

I have been very proud to stand as chair and represent such a dynamic and unique group of individuals and businesses and I thank you wholeheartedly for your support you have shown me over the last 7 years but my heartfelt thanks go out especially to Kathy for her amazing work co-ordinating all the admin and emails, thank you Kathy.

2014-15 is due to be a great year for the Barbican, the new signage, the toilets and the ever growing events should give us confidence and hope in our trading going forward, there’s still lots to do but looking back over twenty years of trading on the Barbican there have been ‘the old times’ and the ‘good times’ but never has there been such huge trading potential as ‘These times’

The ABB is an Association that is both recognised and respected within the city, long may this continue and here’s to the Barbican and everything we love about it!

ABB CHAIRMANS REPORT 2013

By Benjamin Shearn – Tuesday 14th may 2013

Our continued aim is to raise awareness of the Barbican in order to increase footfall within it by helping to create a family friendly unique “must visit” destination for the residents of Plymouth and visitors to the City by encouraging both ‘day visits and ‘weekend breaks’.

What have we achieved ?

* Our formalised Constitution continues to raise our profile and creditability as an organisation and ensure that we were embedded within the consultation of the “Business Improvement District” process, this does however require regular updates  via email to give real weight to our voice

* I continue to represent you at legal board level of the BID and through the advisory board two ABB members (John and Lizzy) are the contact and representatives of the retail community within the Waterfront BID, well done and continued thanks from all our members for your continued involvement

* We have worked alongside the PWP and others to facilitate Tall Ship visits, the Classic Boat Rally, Pirates Day, Markets, Christmas events, raft races, Easter egg trails and the Seafood festival these all support our objectives of increasing footfall to the Barbican and none of it is possible without the kinship, support and enthusiasm of  members giving up their time and being involved –  particular thanks to Lizzy, Claire and Scott for their efforts this past year.

* We have formed strong links with the local Police who regularly attend our monthly meetings and keep us abreast of issues and give a vital point of contact for our feedback

* We have also formed links and built rapport with Plymouth City Council, PWP, Chamber of Commerce, Visit Devon, Barbican Heritage Trust, St Andrews Church, Devonport Regeneration group, City Safe, Pub Safe, Sutton Harbour, Bretonside traders group, Devon and Cornwall Constabulary and others.  These alongside some of the City’s largest law firms and stakeholders regularly attend and follow our progress and I wish to thank these groups for their continued support and interest in the ABB.

We are an Association that is both recognised and respected within the city.

The Future

Through the hard work of many we have created a common interest and unity amongst Barbican Businesses which has meant our voice has been heard within Plymouth. Our professionalism has been acknowledged and our ambitions for the Barbican recognised

With our contributions to the  Waterfront Partnership Business Improvement District we can work hand in hand to achieve all these objectives, and with the advisory board and legal board representation we are well positioned to do exactly that, however there has never been a more important time for the ABB to be supported as we need numbers to maintain the momentum and weight it has developed in the last four years .  Please subscribe to show your support and please ensure your concerns and ideas are voiced at myself.

I have been very proud to stand as chair and represent such a dynamic group of individuals and businesses and I thank you wholeheartedly for your support over the last 6 years and especially to Kathy for her amazing work, thank you Kathy.

Current Members of the Association of Barbican Businesses (ABB)

Blues Bar and Grill
Bacaro and Bites
Seafood and Pasta
Bar Rakuda
Capn Jaspers
Glassblowing House
Real Food Kitchen
Cobblestones Ice Cream
Boathouse Cafe
B Bar
Pilgrims Ice Cream
Shirley Valentines Taverna
Harbourside Fish and Chips
Subway
Flower Cafe
Lavish
Chocacino
Gog and Magog
The treasury
Ice Cream Studio 54
Funky Poppy
Barbican Fabrics
Edinburgh Woollen Mill
St Lukes hospice Shop
PPurple
St Lukes Shabby Chic
The Tuck Shop
Dust n Bones Tattoo
Evas World
Wotnotwood
Parade Antiques
27 New Street Antiques
Pre Owned
Kaya Gallery
Armada Framing
45 Southside
Galerie Yolande
Vitoria Sewart
The Jewellers
Plymouth Boat Trips
Plymouth Gin
Plymouth Mayflower Museum
Clayart
Tourist Information Centre
Atwell Martin Estate Agents
Davies Johnson Solicitors
Sutton Harbour
Barbican Waterfront Website
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