BID Ballot 2018

The BID Ballot is now live!
Ballot papers will be arriving in the post from 23rd February - they are coloured green to stand out a little. Businesses have four weeks to complete them and return in the addressed envelope provided.
As you know 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 the image below.

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
om Beard - markets@bedminster.org.uk
Simon Dicken (Wilko) - man242@wilko.co.uk
Ben Barker (GBCP) - 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.