FINAL WEEK OF BID BALLOT

FINAL WEEK TO RETURN BALLOT PAPERS

Please note that the ballot is about to enter the final week and ballot papers must be returned by 13th September.

LOST BALLOT PAPERS?

If you have lost your ballot paper then the process for a replacement is to email for a replacement ballot paper, providing a scanned letter and a scanned copy of ID (detail below) to electoral.services@bristol.gov.uk.
The letter should be addressed to The Independent Scrutineer, The Election Centre, 33 Clarendon Road, London N8 0NW. The letter must be signed by the Eligible Voter and evidence of the voter’s identity must be provided in the form of one of the following:

a)           Signed Letterhead for the appropriate company
b)           A signed photocopy of the National Non-Domestic Rating Bill for the hereditament
c)            A signed photocopy of an item of personal ID such as a Passport or Driving Licence.
Please do not send original of ID or Bills.

WHY YOUR VOTE COUNTS

The future of the BID is only possible if a majority of businesses vote YES in the ballot, which will ensure essential BID funding continues. The average cost for independent businesses is around £4 per week which we hope you agree represents excellent value and ensures for Bedminster businesses:

  • marketing and promotion

  • more exciting streets (events etc)

  • tackling crime

  • reducing costs

  • a strong voice for local businesses.

We firmly believe the benefits of the BID greatly outweigh the costs as evidenced by the dramatic drop in shop vacancies over the past five years - down over a third. Full details of what we aim to do and how we are organised are in the Bedminster BID Renewal Proposal and Business Plan already circulated, but if you have not seen it yet, please click here

If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to contact George Grace on 07801790645 or email business@bedminster.org.uk and we will be happy to give you a call or meet you face-to-face.

FINALLY

If you are interested in becoming more closely involved with the BID, we are an informal, friendly group, whose basic duties are to direct spending for the BID and Town Team. We invariably hold our meetings at 6pm on the first Tuesday of each month (though not in March). Please do get in touch if you'd like to get involved.

About the Business Improvement District

 Bedminster BID funding is generated via a small levy on all eligible businesses in the area and paid into a central 'kitty' in November each year, to be spent on projects that benefit Bedminster businesses. Our stated priorities are to:

  • Create vibrant streets that excite and delight

  • Market and promote Bedminster

  • Reduce crime and improve the shopping environment

  • Advocate and lobby for Bedminster business interests

  • Drive down costs 

Please get in touch if you have any ideas about what we should do. Or, if you wish to attend a board meeting or one of our specialist sub-groups in Marketing, Arts & Culture or Built Environment (ie transport, planning and street improvement), please see our calendar here and drop us a line.
 

Further Information
Business to business news: www.bedminster.org.uk/business-what-is-bid
Customer facing website and social media:

Contacts

George Grace - business@bedminster.org.uk
Jocelyn Wellby - 
northst@bedminster.org.uk
Simon Dicken (Wilko) - 
man242@wilko.co.uk
Stef Brammar (AGB) - 
stef.brammar@way-out-west.org
Ben Barker  - 
benbarker@blueyonder.co.uk


We are grateful to local accountants Tyrrell Procter and communications experts Plaster for their generous pro bono contributions to our activities.