We’re proud of what we’ve done in town
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.
● Southport Christmas lights switch-on: aided by BID