We have good and very bad news re the BID ballot:
- Good - the response from the majority has been very positive with 70% voting in favour
- Bad – we lost the second count (by rateable value) because Asda which has a massive vote share decided to vote NO.
This NO vote by Asda means a NO vote overall as they have such a huge rateable value relative to everyone else. We are extremely disappointed with their decision to vote against the BID given they are far and away the largest business in the area and should clearly contribute to the scheme. We have made our feelings public in a press release which has been picked up by the Bristol Post.
Next steps for the BID? The implications for us are that for the time being all of the projects set out in the business plan – from reindeer to flower baskets and all the rest of it (please see the business plan) are now either dead or at least on hold for the foreseeable future.
The BID Board will meet in early April to discuss matters and we will keep you in the loop. Options vary from ending the BID entirely to a possible second ballot (this time excluding Asda from our BID boundaries) much later in the year or next year given the response by the vast majority is positive. However this would only be done with a full round of discussion and consultation with all those affected.
Thank you to all those that voted positively in the ballot!
If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to contact George Grace on 07801790645 or email email@example.com and we will be happy to give you a call or meet you face-to-face.
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.
Business to business news: www.bedminster.org.uk/business-what-is-bid
Customer facing website and social media:
George Grace - firstname.lastname@example.org
om Beard - email@example.com
Simon Dicken (Wilko) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Ben Barker (GBCP) - email@example.com
We are grateful to local accountants Tyrrell Procter and communications experts Plaster for their generous pro bono contributions to our activities.