Let's eat! The Big Lunch is underway in Nottingham

More than 1,300 lunches will be given away free of charge to city workers in Nottingham this week.

The scheme has been organised by the Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID) in an attempt to get people away from their desks during their lunch break.

Around 40 eateries in Nottingham have signed up to join The Big Lunch including Jamie’s Italian, Barburrito, Bagel Nash and Malt Cross.

Director of Nottingham BID, Richard Johal said: “So many people just don’t leave their desk at lunchtime, let along the buildings they work in.

“Our aim is to break this habit and encourage people to go out and enjoy the great lunch offering in the city centre.”

The Nottingham BID will be funding this week-long campaign to all members of their initiative.

Not only is it promoting good mental health to workers but also showcasing the ever-growing food scene in Nottingham.

Webb Freckingham, co-owner of The Cheese Shop in Flying Horse Walk, said: “The Nottingham Big Lunch is a great incentive for people who work in the city centre to get out at lunchtime and sample the quality and freshness of the food available at independent businesses like us.”

Workers can hashtag photos of their lunches with #BigLunchNottm and tag @itsinnottingham to be in with a chance of winning daily prizes.