A major piece of consultation has been launched to find out if businesses in the city would like to see a Business Improvement District in their area.
Following the success of the city centre Business Improvement District (BID), otherwise known as Brilliant Brighton, consultation has begun to see if there is an appetite for the concept elsewhere in the city.
A BID is a mechanism by which businesses agree to pay an additional levy on top of their business rates to fund improvements that they deem would support their trading environment. There has been a BID in the city centre for nearly ten years. Over that time is has delivered Christmas lights and security along with a project to dress the city during the summer months.
As well as delivering an agreed business plan, it also negotiates savings and offers to support the retail and leisure sector, helping to make our business base more sustainable. Businesses from across the city are now being asked if they would like to set up their own BIDs and over the coming weeks consultation documents will be delivered to over 3000 businesses.
As well as casting the net far and wide, Brilliant Brighton has also begun the process of renewal. The legislation which enshrines Business Improvement Districts only allows a term of 5 years. In June 2016 the current BID will come to an end, and with it, the projects that it delivers. That means that if businesses no longer wish to support the concept, the city centre will not have Christmas lights or a security presence in 2016. On top of that, all of the additional projects and support will also cease to exist. However, the consultation is also an opportunity for businesses to think up new projects that they would like to see in the city centre, and it could be anything from extra pavement washing to street events or even Tourist Information. But whatever is decided, the projects must come from the business community alone.
By the end of its term, the current BID will have invested £1.8m back in to the city centre.
For more information, you can download a copy of the consultation document on the link below.
Enquiries: Gavin Stewart, BID Manager on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to download the 2015 BID consultation document
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