The project has been a joint initiative with Ilkley Town Council who warmly support the Discover Ilkley Campaign to which it has contributed financially. Ilkley Town Mayor Mark Stidworthy said: “The new Discover Ilkley website is a vibrant and informative one-stop portal where businesses, shoppers, visitors and residents can find out more about what’s happening in the BID area, where to shop, what to eat, where to go and how to get there.”
Newly appointed BID Manager, Felicity Gains said: “When it is safe to do so, we want to let everyone know about all the great events that take place in Ilkley, about the fantastic independent shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs. The site will promote all the things available to see and do in Ilkley. There are links to the various voluntary and community groups in the area, and a separate business directory to showcase the non-retail BID businesses not featured in the shopping and hospitality section.”
Felicity added: “For businesses who are not part of the BID that would like to be listed on the website, you can join the BID as voluntary members or apply for our advertising package.
Community groups can have their events listed on the Community Calendar section of the website and should email these details to email@example.com .
The new website works alongside the LoyalFree town centre app which was launched in August 2020. Users of the app can collect loyalty rewards, find exclusive discounts or offers, explore interactive trails and fun local events.