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Business Improvement Districts

Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) are an American idea that has been imported into the UK with one or two modifications.

The basic idea is that businesses can decide on a package of measures they think their area needs and then vote on whether they want to pay for them or not. If the majority vote yes (and they represent over half of the rateable value of the businesses that vote) in a formal referendum, the money is collected as an extra levy on their Uniform Business Rates (UBR) and it is ring-fenced and cannot be used for anything else.

The actual area is determined by the enthusiasm of businesses to support a BID and the Business Forum is surveying businesses and holding focus groups to find out which areas are potential Business Improvement Districts.

For a video of BID projects click here

This page will keep interested parties updated as we gather more information and BIDs start to take shape.

Business Improvement Districts

  • Brighton and Hove
    Brighton to benefit from high street regeneration programme 16 July 2015
    City Wide Business Improvement District Consultation Launched 19 June 2015

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    Autumn Spending Review - the Chancellor's Christmas budget
    25 November 2015
    New scam: Beware the delivery man 18 November 2015
    House Price Update 2015 Q3 18 November 2015
    Contact centre gives employees free flu jabs 16 November 2015
    Business owners - do businesses get a fair deal in Brighton & Hove? 15 November 2015
    New plans for Hove station site 10 November 2015
    On-line news platform launches to support CSR & third sector activity 10 November 2015
    Small Business Saturday bus tour to visit Brighton 9 November 2015
    Stalwart of the North Laine dies 9 November 2015
    City Council offers free LGV/PCV training 9 November 2015
    Outstanding success for former City College in Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Awards 4 November 2015
    Brighton & Hove increasingly an 'industrial desert' 2 November 2015
    Brighton businesses continue to sign up to the Living Wage 2 November 2015
    The BHHA Awards Gala Dinner & Ceremony 2015 29 October 2015
    New Council CEO talks to the Argus 29 October 2015
    Brandwatch secures a $33m (£21.4m) investment 28 October 2015
    Has the bobby's beat come to an end? 26 October 2015
    Conservatives unhappy with city's planning department 22 October 2015
    Local firm gets on the bus to find new recruits 22 October 2015
    New Chief Executive for City Council 22 October 2015
    Brighton is number one in the UK for creative small businesses. 21 October 2015
    Unique Charity Ball makes a Grand return this Christmas 20 October 2015
    Brighton Summit 2015 heralded a big success 20 October 2015
    Thousand new homes for the city 20 October 2015
    Building begins at innovative Royal Pavilion Ice Rink 19 October 2015
    Digital skills gap worsens [but not here] 19 October 2015
    Hove library sell off. 19 October 2015
    Assistance required with Children's Services 16 October 2015
    Brighton's iconic Earthship appeal for new lease of life 16 October 2015
    Vince Cable comes to Shoreham 15 October 2015
    Sussex PR Guru Wins National Award 14 October 2015
    Mayfields Market Town update 12 October 2015
    John Lewis coming to Brighton [definitely] 12 October 2015
    Office to residential conversion rule becomes permanent 12 October 2015
    Council's £7m overspend 5 October 2015
    Open day as Domestic & General announces new jobs 1 October 2015
    Brighton i360 and Hove business leaders unveil lifesaving defibrillator 1 October 2015
    B&H City Council Licensing Policy Review 30 September 2015
    New Chief Executive announced for Coast to Capital LEP 30 September 2015
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