Redditch BID is vying for your vote - The Redditch Standard

Redditch BID is vying for your vote

Redditch Editorial 7th Jun, 2024   0

TOWN centre businesses are being urged to have their say on whether they think the Redditch BID (Business Improvement District) should run for a second term.

A renewal ballot opened yesterday (Thursday, June 6) and over 360 eligible organisations have until July 4 to cast their vote on whether it continues for another five years.

Since 2019, the BID has worked on a number of projects that have included enhanced town centre security, a calendar of visitor events, promotional campaigns and launched the Redditch Business Awards.

The BID is a nationwide business-funded body paid for by a mandatory charge calculated on the rateable value of all companies in a definable area.

It is required by law to seek a ‘yes’ vote every five years to continue operating.

It is also proposed that the Redditch BID boundary will be amended to include more town centre businesses.

In 2023 the levy income was reduced by almost 26 per cent as a result of the revaluation of the non-domestic properties.

Key projects for this year have been a £50,613 enhanced Christmas lights switch-on event featuring Peter Andre, a £20,000 contribution to adapted toilet facilities for people with disabilities, a £50,000 grant scheme to improve shop fronts and a town centre security officer.

It has also committed £67,000 towards events and activities until December 2024, including a Halloween Scare Fest, the business awards, and a Christmas experience.

Some businesses positive

Many company owners contacted by the Standard said they were supportive of BID activities and had already decided they would be voting ‘yes’.

Dean Corrigan, owner of Heaphys, said: “I think it is good for the town and if they are going to put on events then I am more than happy to contribute.

“The car show in May had a positive impact on customers, the footfall was unbelievable.

“We had such a brilliant day and finished 50 per cent up at the till.”

Joanne Mullen, The Royal Enfield pub manager, said: “The BID team do a fantastic job organising their regular events throughout the year.

“The parades, shows and free activities for the kids during the school holidays are all great initiatives for the local community.

“Thanks to our town centre location, The Royal Enfield often experiences the benefit of additional visitors coming into the town for the events, which is also a boost to business for the pub.”

Becki Wilding from gift shop Maya, added: “As a small business we have seen great value for money from our BID contribution since Covid restrictions have lifted.

“We have benefited from such things as financial advice, free PAT testing and online promotion of the town as a whole.

“The cost-of-living crisis has had a significant impact upon business, retail and hospitality particularly, the existence of Redditch BID has enabled the wheels to start turning and make Redditch a destination to both visit and invest.

It is my firm belief another term with a BID in place will see Redditch change for the positive.”

But some questioned the BID

Tim Cangaj, owner of Three Cooks said he won’t be voting to renew.

“Last year was okay but the first four years weren’t because of the pandemic.”

Percy Dhalival who has owned Church Green Convenience Store on Church Green West for 22 years, also said he would be voting no.

He told the Standard: “At the end of the day it hasn’t really achieved anything for me.

“They have obviously done quite a few things, but it hasn’t made a difference to my business. Our footfall has gone in this area.

It has never picked up since Covid.”

The BID’s view

Redditch BID manager, Muj Rahman said the BID had undertaken extensive consultation with its members to understand their priorities, and was confident that its vision for the next five years was suitably ambitious.

“Without the support of businesses, it will not be possible to go forward with these plans”, he added.

“This is why we are asking businesses to back Redditch BID with a ‘yes’ vote, providing the mandate for the BID to continue its work in supporting, promoting, and protecting its members through the projects and activities highlighted in our new business plan.”

The result of the postal vote will be announced on July 5.

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