Redditch BID bags another term in 'yes' vote - The Redditch Standard

Redditch BID bags another term in 'yes' vote

Lise Evans 8th Jul, 2024   0

REDDITCH BID has been voted back in for another five years.

The result of the ballot which closed on Thursday, June 4 was 74 per cent ‘yes’ by number of businesses and 78 percent ‘yes’ by rateable value it was announced on Friday.

The turnout was 35 per cent from a total number of 361 eligible businesses in the BID area which covers the town centre, and the Kingfisher Centre.

Businesses were asked whether they wanted BID to continue operating until 2029, based on a five-year business plan put forward by the board members earlier this year.

The majority verdict on both counts means that the business-funded body has the mandate to continue for another term and deliver projects that include more town centre events, business support initiatives and increased security.

BID manager Muj Rahman, said: “We are thrilled at the outcome of a successful ballot for a second term. This is a significant achievement and a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team. It is a vote of confidence from our businesses, demonstrating their belief in the value and impact we have made.

“We are grateful for their support and are committed to building on our achievements to make Redditch an even better place to live, work, and visit.”

During its first five-year term, Redditch BID was responsible for projects that increased visitor footfall with the aim of boosting the local economy. It supported the town centre and local businesses with a range of projects, including a marketing campaign, accessible toilets, improved Wi-Fi and free PAT testings to members.

The organisation has been behind the popular visitor events such as the Redditch Classic Car Show, Peter Andre’s appearance at last year’s Christmas lights switch-on, and measures to improve safety such as a two-way radio system, and dedicated town centre security officer.

Over the next term, it will continue to deliver on these as well as lead on collaborative efforts to enhance the overall experience for visitors and businesses in the town centre.

Adrian Field, chair of Redditch BID board added: “The successful ballot for a second term and a strong mandate will see Redditch BID continue its work until 2029. The overwhelming support from businesses demonstrates their confidence in the BID’s ability to continue driving growth and prosperity in Redditch.

“We will ensure that it will support all businesses in the BID area and deliver on the projects that they themselves want to see. The team have worked tirelessly to ensure that the projects earmarked for our first term were carried out and this ballot shows that the majority of businesses who voted felt that this should continue.”

There is no threshold for business participation in the BID vote, only that 50 per cent or more vote in favour, in the number of votes and in rateable value.

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