How many times have you walked along a street in a town or city centre shocked by the cocktail of litter, anti social behaviour and a general sense of economic down turn?
Town centre economies have been crying out for decades for an initiative to deliver workable solutions to address these problems. Just such a solution is on the horizon heralding the first time in living memory that businesses have been able to vote on issues affecting their immediate trading environment.
Next month Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) become law. .This pioneering concept is set to deliver a new era in town centre revitalisation driven by one woman’s vision and determination. Jacquie Reilly, the Project Director for the National Pilot BIDs Scheme.
With no blueprint to follow, Jacquie has for the past two years worked with 22 pilot BID locations across the UK together with the office of the Deputy Prime Minister to help produce robust legislation for BIDs.
Business Improvement Districts will enable businesses to tackle head on:
• Security on the streets
• Anti-social behaviour
• Alcohol related issues
• Street cleanliness
• Redevelopment of neglected areas
• Marketing and promotion
For more information about BIDs or to secure an interview with Jacquie Reilly contact Carol France on 01743 234224 or by email email@example.com
Notes to editor
Jacquie Reilly is Project Director of the government supported National BID Pilot initiative spearheaded by the Association of Town Centre Management.
22 pilot BID locations around England and Wales were selected to participate in the National Pilot Project. These are:
Warwickshire, Peterborough, Birmingham, Hammersmith and Fulham, Manchester, the New West End Company (Bond Street, Oxford Street and Regent Street), Greenwich, Maidstone, Plymouth, Blackpool, Newquay, Liverpool, Coventry, Swansea, Bedford, Reading, Brandon, Bromley, Lincoln, Bristol, Ealing and Hull.
One of the leading pilot BIDs outside the National scheme is the Heart of London Business Alliance. With its BID proposals published and businesses scheduled to vote in December, the Heart of London Business Alliance is set to become on one the first BIDs in the UK.
BIDs: The Basics
• BIDs are an investment in the local trading environment through the provision of added value services.
• BIDs are funded by local businesses through a levy on their rates bill, therefore all beneficiaries pay.
• Businesses will identify the area and the issues and put together a proposal which should include delivery guarantees on performance.
• Businesses must vote in favour of a BID in order for it to be established.
• Interests of large and small businesses are protected through an equitable voting system. A majority vote in both number of voices cast and rateable value of votes cast is required.
• The plan voted for has a lifespan of five years and further proposals will have to be reaffirmed through a vote.
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