We’re proud of what we’ve done in town

Midweek Visiter - - Front Page - CEO Hugh Evans

IN a cou­ple of weeks’ time, we en­ter our fifth and fi­nal year of this cur­rent BID term.

What hap­pens when we come to the end of that fi­nal year will be down to the busi­ness levy pay­ers and their vot­ing pref­er­ences in the new bal­lot.

That bal­lot takes place next May.

Vot­ing Yes in the bal­lot will se­cure a fur­ther five-year term and a bud­get of around £2,250,000 to con­tinue the work that we’re do­ing to sup­port our town cen­tre.

We’re unashamedly proud of what we’ve achieved for our town so far.

For ex­am­ple, we’ve in­vested over £250,000 into the tree lights that add the all-year round sparkle to South­port.

We’ve in­vested a sim­i­lar amount into our Christ­mas lights too.

Our Christ­mas light switch on has now be­come one of the big­gest events to take place in our town at­tract­ing around 8,000 to the main show.

Over 45,000 were in town on our Sun­day switch-on last year, dou­ble the usual num­ber!

Our Hal­lowe’en Fes­ti­val cam­paign last year reached over half a mil­lion peo­ple through Face­book alone gen­er­at­ing a high pro­file for our town.

Every year we plant over 5,000 flow­ers in hang­ing bas­kets, free­stand­ing con­tain­ers, and bar­rier bas­kets bring­ing colour and pride to our town cen­tre.

We sup­ported Sefton Coun­cil’s suc­cess­ful ap­pli­ca­tion to bring in £2m of fund­ing from the Coastal Com­mu­nity Fund and are work­ing with their Her­itage Lottery team to at­tract a fur­ther £1.5m.

We suc­cess­fully sub­mit­ted an ap­pli­ca­tion for Pur­ple Flag sta­tus for our evening and night time economy, and have been awarded a Pur­ple Flag – one of only 70 towns across the UK.

Our ded­i­cated web­sites www.south­portin­de­pen­dents.co.uk and www.shop­pin­gin­south­port.com show­case a dig­i­tal direc­tory of shops in South­port list­ing over 200 shops and over 100 bars, cafes and restau­rants.

Thou­sands of peo­ple are reached each month through our ded­i­cated South­port In­de­pen­dents cam­paign, giv­ing vi­tal ex­po­sure to small busi­nesses.

As well as or­gan­is­ing our Christ­mas and Hal­lowe’en events we also sup­port the South­port Fes­ti­val, Com­edy Fes­ti­val and ChilliFest.

The 30-minute park­ing op­tion is back thanks to our care­ful ne­go­ti­a­tion with the coun­cil.

Our Busi­ness Against Crime net­work now has a mem­ber­ship of over 165.

Print, ra­dio, out­door, so­cial and dig­i­tal plat­forms are be­ing used to pro­mote South­port’s busi­ness.

Over 750,000 peo­ple are reached each year through BID event mar­ket­ing on Face­book alone.

Un­less some­one comes up with a re­al­is­tic and vi­able al­ter­na­tive to how all that ac­tiv­ity is funded, vot­ing No in the bal­lot will sim­ply see it all come to an end.

Gra­ham More­ton/ Tar­leton Pho­tog­ra­phy

● South­port Christ­mas lights switch-on: aided by BID

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