Hertfordshire Constabulary - Prevention First

This guide has been produced to help assist retailers reduce and minimise incidents of shoplifting.

Guide for Retailers – Preventing Shoplifting 


St Albans High Street Recovery Trial: Guidelines for Licensing in High Street and George Street

Licensing Regulation and Enforcement

This guidance does not supersede or replace the SADC Policy for Pavement Licensing and is to be used as a guide to how the policy and the project interact with each other. Licensing is pro-actively enforced in St Albans by SADC who have a Pavement Policy Licences and permits | St Albans City and District Council. Any breaches of licensing conditions will be dealt with by the SADC Licensing Team in a fair and consistent manner.

Should the emergency services report not being able to pass when required due to a licensee operating outside the realms of their licence, the offending retailer will be reviewed and this could involve the revocation of the pavement licence.

The Licensing Proposal

This proposal covers sections of High Street and George Street. To ensure the emergency services have clear access, a 4m wide channel must be maintained through High Street and a 3.4m wide channel must be maintained through George Street while the streets are closed to motorised traffic.

Read more of the St Albans High Street Recovery Trail: Guidelines for Licensing in High Street and George Street here

We offer business support to local businesses through a variety of measures and assist on a range of topics. Support offered to date includes:

  • Training Sessions – Cyber Crime; Window Dressing; Social Media etc,
  • Job Forum Partners in 2020 – we actively supported the government Kickstart scheme, furlough queries and re-employment.
  • Registered Government Kickstart Gateway which supported local businesses to gain additional workforce and help local young people gain employment.
  • The BID board of directors assisted businesses with free advisory services, helped with business interruption claims, lease/landlord issues, alternative financing options, connecting with key business partners including STANTA (St Albans Enterprise Agency) for assistance with business plans.
  • St Albans Business Against Crime incorporating the ShopSafe Radio scheme providing support for over 60 businesses.
  • Mass Business Rate Appeal


Our mission is to ensure St Albans continues to thrive as a premium place to do business, for residents to live and for visitors to enjoy as a destination. We continue to support and unite our local business community, from negotiating collective preferential terms for professional services that make bottom line savings for levy payers to launching a shop local gift card to drive local spend.

We make a measurable difference, increasing visitor footfall and working tirelessly to support our business community during the most unprecedented of times. Post pandemic, St Albans has emerged a thriving city with big brand names and new independents choosing it as a destination to open and footfall that is above the national average.

To find out more about the support St Albans BID offers local businesses, see our Business Support page or click here 
Please get in touch to be added to our mailing list or to discuss any thoughts, comments or concerns you may have.

Shop St Albans

Repurposing the website and facilitating businesses to trade online, providing them with an online presence and increasing awareness through the Shop Local campaign as a Covid-19 response when businesses would otherwise have been closed. Reinvigorating Shop St Albans to enforce the importance of loving locals.

We are working with Place Dashboard to collate visitor behaviour analysis for our businesses. To see the latest footfall reports, click here

Speaking and Promoting

St Albans BID has presented to numerous organisations including St Albans Civic SocietySt Albans Chamber of CommerceSt Albans Council Scrutiny Committees and Westminster Briefing.

If you would like us to present to your members about our work in place management, tourism, business liason, waste management and more, please get in touch.