Time has come to build on success in BID’s next five-year term in town
OUR manifesto for a new five-year BID term will be sent out for consultation this week.
We’ve used our first term to tackle issues, bring in new ideas, and invest in elements that help make our town so special.
Our vision for the next five years will be to build on our successes and continue to develop and improve our town centre.
The ways that towns and cities operate and prosper has changed in recent years.
All are in a position of needing to look beyond a reliance on the public sector to fund the discretional activities and services that take place.
That’s where BIDs across the country have developed a central and important role.
BIDs across the country fund marketing campaigns, events and town centre improvements that simply wouldn’t have happened otherwise.
Our BID has funded Christmas lights, seasonal marketing campaigns, festivals and events, infrastructure improvements, crime reduction initiatives, and eye-catching flower displays.
Without the BID, who else would be able to do that?
On another level, BIDs provide a voice for levy payers that didn’t exist before.
The new BID will be a powerful united voice of around 740 levy-payers providing local business leadership and representation.
Our new BID will use that leadership to provide a strong voice that stands up for Southport ensuring that your needs and concerns are listened to and considered when decisions are made that affect our town centre.
Without the BID who else would take on that responsibility?
Our new BID will play a big role in attracting new investment, too.
There’s plenty of evidence that investors and funding bodies are becoming more attracted to areas where BIDs operate.
This all comes at a time when the traditional High Street is changing.
If our town is to move with the times, it needs a strong business voice to work alongside, and challenge where necessary, the Council.
Without the BID, who else would take on that private sector role?
With all the work that’s already been accomplished and with the successes that have already been achieved, a Yes vote for a second term enables us to move forward for the greater good of the town.
Spring flowers bloom at the Botanic Gardens, Churchtown – attractive flower displays have proved a winning attraction in Southport over the years