the Business Forum and
the Economic Partnership
in Brighton & Hove
Homepage    BCRP Intranet    Funding    Events    Knowledgebase    Links    About us     Contact us
Key projects
Crime
reduction
 


Inward
investment
information
 


Licensee
Forum
 

Workforce development 

Transport
 

Business &
climate
change

Property &
Development sites

Business
Improvement
Districts

Housing
 

Strategy
 

Consultation opportunities
 

Brighton & Hove Business Forum
8-11 Pavilion Buildings, Brighton, BN1 1EE
Tel: 01273 735442
Email: info@brighton
business.co.uk

© Brighton & Hove
Business Forum

News - 30 May 2006

Businesses vote 'Yes' for Christmas lights in Brighton

Brighton will celebrate Christmas in style this year thanks to the traders who have supported the Business Improvement District. The Electoral Reform Services has reported a YES vote on Brighton’s first BID.

The BID campaign began in earnest in January 2006 and has been successful in winning the support of 63.8% of the hereditaments (businesses in the BID area that meet the defined A1 - A5 planning use classifications). The rateable value of the yes vote (also a key consideration) was 70% indicating strong support from the larger organisations in the city.

This means that Brighton businesses will have over £1 million to spend over the next five years on Christmas lights, marketing and increased security for the city centre.

The BID area covers the main north/south streets of the North Laine, North Street, the pedestrianised part of East Street, Meeting House Lane and Market Street. These streets were self-selecting in that traders indicated that they were supportive of the principle of establishing a BID

The Business Forum has promoted the concept of the BID and managed all the surveys and distribution of information so far. However, control will now be handed over to the BID Board, which will comprise elected traders. Nominations and democratic elections will ensue over the next few weeks.

City centre manager, Soozie Campbell said, “We are obviously delighted by this result. The yes vote is much higher than we dared hope it would be, which is very reassuring. We now feel confident about progressing the projects identified because we know that we have a strong majority of traders behind us.

“It means that we can now have the really spectacular Christmas lights display that Brighton deserves to have. We can also promote shopping and eating in Brighton on a scale that has not been done before and with our increased security we can ensure that visitors to our city don’t see the signs of crime and vandalism that would stop them coming back again.

“We are all very excited and keen to get on with the process of selecting a Christmas lights supplier, and progressing each of the other projects.

“We will also now embark on the initial research and investigation for a BID in Hove and another in West St and the seafront”


Read related items on:
Brighton and Hove
Retail, pubs, clubs and restaurants
Brighton & Hove Business Forum
Campbell, Soozie


Browse our business Knowledgebase or search by keyword


Headlines

15 December 2017
Brighton is among the best places to start a business due to their strong growth factors
15 December 2017
GTR consultation ends 20th Dec 2017 13 December 2017
Ethical Food StartUp Programme - Idea Generation Workshop 12 December 2017
Utilise Plus launch programme of energy efficiency grants and business support for SMEs 11 December 2017
City Centre Vacancy Rates Drop Slightly From Sept 5 December 2017
Innovate UK Announces Sector Competitions in Manufacturing and Infrastructure Systems 5 December 2017
GDPR, steps to early compliance 1 December 2017
The 29th Sussex Business Awards 2017 Winners Announced 1 December 2017
Old tech gear? Give IT a new lease of life 29 November 2017
Driving for Better Business Campaign launches 29 November 2017
ARKA Funerals sponsor Burning the Clocks 2017 with 'In Memory' lanterns 27 November 2017
Govia Thameslink launches third consultation phase on once-in-a-generation timetable restructure 23 November 2017
Coast to Capital Launches Brighton Mainline Alliance 22 November 2017
Calling all UK companies that have transport, parking and commuting issues to address 15 November 2017
Start-up Challenge Business Competition Offering £10,000 Investment to Young Entrepreneurs 15 November 2017
IUK Announces £10 Million Innovation Loans Infrastructure Systems Funding Competition for UK SMEs 15 November 2017
Sussex Food and Drink Grand Finalists Celebrate Success 10 November 2017
Meaning conference confirms speaker line-up: breeding a new army of business activists 10 November 2017
Positive body image documentary screening at Hove school 8 November 2017
Material Practices: Painting and Printmaking at the University of Brighton - Private View 8 November 2017
Economic Partnership kick starts city strategy consultation 8 November 2017
GTR respond to positive ASLEF referendum result 7 November 2017
350th employer signed up to the Brighton & Hove Campaign 7 November 2017
Rampion announces £4 million community fund 6 November 2017
The First Gamification Conference comes to Brighton 3 November 2017
Shoreham Port Welcomes New Commercial and Operations Director 2 November 2017
Burning the Clocks launches Crowdfunder for 2017 2 November 2017
The Gatwick Diamond Business Awards are now open for Entries 31 October 2017
Brighton Based Paxton Open New Centre for Technology & Innovation 27 October 2017
Adventures in risk taking for high growth businesses 27 October 2017
Can your business benefit from offering a 'world of work' experience? 27 October 2017
The Small Business Saturday Bus Tour launches across the UK for its fifth year 24 October 2017
Business Networking & Case Study Visit with the Sustainable Business Partnership 24 October 2017
Could you use an Energy Saving Workshop? 17 October 2017
Peter Blake raffle raises £2,290 for Middle Street School 17 October 2017
AMEX named major sponsor of city's bike share scheme 16 October 2017
Ropetackle Business Friends scheme 4 October 2017
VIRGIN STARTUP MEETUP 'HOW TO TELL (SELL) YOUR STORY' 3 October 2017
BTN BikeShare: a successful first month 3 October 2017
PLATF9RM open at Hove Town Hall