On March 31st 2016, the 517 members of the Brighton city centre Business Improvement District (BID) will be asked to vote on a new business plan.
Brilliant Brighton (the trading name for Brighton BID Ltd) is a group of 517 city centre businesses. As a group, they contribute over £1.9m towards projects to make the city centre a safer, more vibrant and enjoyable place to be. The current scheme comes to an end in June this year and during March, the business community is being asked if they wish to continue the investment for a further five years.
The last five years has been a great success, and in that time Brilliant Brighton has delivered:
- The largest annual festive lighting display on the south coast
- Over 1000 hanging baskets, bunting and banners to give the city a festival feel right through the summer season
- A first-class, professional security service, supporting the businesses and adding value to the work of Sussex Police and the city's Business Crime Reduction Partnership in driving down crime and making the city centre a safer destination for all.
As well as this, there is a wealth of support available to the local business community to help reduce costs and create a more sustainable city centre business base. In some cases, businesses can now save over £1000 per month on costs including parking and energy and telecoms bills.
Ballot papers will be sent to all those eligible to vote on the 3rd March. The ballot will be run independently by Electoral Reform Services and all ballot papers must be returned by 5pm on the 31st March 2016. If a majority of those voting vote in favour of the proposals (and the votes also represent a majority of the aggregate rateable value of those voting), then Brighton City Centre will continue to enjoy a range of projects designed to deliver a thriving, safe, clean and vibrant city centre for 5 more years.
The Renewal Business Plan (which can be viewed here) is the culmination of a consultation exercise with the business community that saw over 3000 one-to-one visits, phone calls, survey and e-mail responses. The projects outlined have come solely from the businesses and will add value to, rather than replace, services that are already supplied by the local authority or Sussex Police.
To find out more, contact Gavin Stewart, on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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