Bury St Edmunds: Free training sees town centre staff learn vital first aid skills

More than 50 employees of town centre businesses have become qualified first-aiders thanks to a free

More than 50 employees of town centre businesses have become qualified first-aiders thanks to a free training programme from the Business Improvement District (BID) Ourburystedmunds. - Credit: Contributed

There are now 55 more qualified first aiders in town centre workplaces in Bury St Edmunds thanks to a free training programme.

Five day-long courses, organised by the Business Improvement District (BID) Ourburystedmunds, have been held at the Farmers’ Club, with the training provided by the British Red Cross.

Jo Hailstone from Mick’s Cycles in St John’s Street, said: “It was such a worthwhile course to do. Two of us from the shop have become first-aiders as a result. We have a workshop on our premises so we need to be mindful of potential for injuries and it will mean that there is always someone qualified in first aid when the shop is open.”

The free course was offered to BID businesses as part of their membership. A food hygiene course is also taking place soon.

Ourburystedmunds chief executive Mark Cordell said: “BID businesses want different things from their membership. We provide additional services to the town as a whole, particularly from the marketing and events aspect, but it’s important to help individual businesses as well as providing services that benefit everyone.”


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