Let’s make fes­ti­val even big­ger

Midweek Visiter - - Front Page - CEO Hugh Evans

WELL, the weather favoured us again. The South­port Fes­ti­val week­end was bright, sunny, and warm(ish) and that brought out the crowds.

Now in its third year, the fes­ti­val has firmly es­tab­lished it­self as one of the premier at­trac­tions on the ev­er­ex­pand­ing South­port events cal­en­dar.

The three-day fes­ti­val’s mix­ture of mu­sic, com­edy, dance, drama, and art was spread across a va­ri­ety of venues and gar­dens through­out the town cen­tre.

There were too many events to list but some of the stand­outs in­cluded the wide va­ri­ety of live mu­sic tak­ing place through­out the town cen­tre, the Vik­ings at the Atkin­son, the Wes­ley Street Fes­ti­val and the “get involved” ac­tiv­i­ties on Town Hall Gar­dens.

Not for­get­ting Toyah, the head­line act, on Satur­day night.

Fund­ing for the Fes­ti­val comes from Sefton Coun­cil and the BID, sup­ported by a team of vol­un­teers work­ing hard be­hind the scenes.

We’re the largest fund­ing con­trib­u­tor and it’s that re­source that has helped de­velop the fes­ti­val into the suc­cess it’s now be­come.

The fes­ti­val is set to grow even more in 2019, in what will be the BID’s fi­nal year of this cur­rent fiveyear term.

By the time of next year’s fes­ti­val, we’ll know whether the BID has man­aged to se­cure a new five-year term.

The BID’s fu­ture back­ing for the fes­ti­val will very much de­pend on whether we se­cure that new five-year term.

If we don’t then the fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers will have to look else­where for fund­ing.

Speak­ing of which, last week the BID Board pub­lished the ar­range­ments for the new term.

A key dif­fer­ence to that of this cur­rent BID is that the rate­able value thresh­old for those li­able to pay has been raised from £2,000 to £7,000.

That ef­fec­tively means that our smaller busi­nesses be­low the £7,000 thresh­old won’t have to make any fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tion to­wards the BID.

How­ever, they will still be able to ben­e­fit from the ac­tiv­i­ties that the BID will de­liver.

The BID busi­ness base is also be­ing ex­panded to in­clude all busi­ness sec­tors in the BID area.

The Busi­ness Plan for the new term is cur­rently be­ing drafted and will be posted on the BID web­site for con­sul­ta­tion in the next few weeks.

Contact the BID of­fice on 01704 538382 for fur­ther de­tails.

Gra­ham More­ton/ Tar­leton Pho­tog­ra­phy

The South­port Fes­ti­val 2018 was a great suc­cess

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