We had a great Hal­lowe’en – now here’s to a very happy Christ­mas

Midweek Visiter - - Southport Bid -

HAL­LOWE’EN is over for an­other year. Look­ing back at all the ac­tiv­ity that the BID and par­tic­i­pat­ing busi­nesses de­liv­ered, we’re de­lighted with how well ev­ery­thing turned out.

The maze, a first for the town cen­tre, at­tracted over 3,200 chil­dren (and some adults) while the Dragons and other street en­ter­tain­ers at­tracted larger crowds as they danced across the town cen­tre.

Now the BID team are gear­ing up to de­liver the an­nual Christ­mas lights switch-on.

This year, the event is tak­ing place on Sun­day, Novem­ber 18 and, once again, Lord Street be­tween Nevill Street and East­bank Street will be closed off.

The Christ­mas lights them­selves are al­ready up.

Next week (on Novem­ber 12) the Christ­mas tree it­self will be­gin to be in­stalled.

The tree will be a first for South­port and quite un­like any­thing that South­port has seen be­fore.

Our Christ­mas ac­tiv­ity con­tin­ues with the re­turn of the ice rink jointly funded by the BID and Sefton Coun­cil.

This year, it’s go­ing to be open-air and lo­cated on the East­bank Street side of Town Hall Gar­dens.

On the other side of the gar­dens, Sefton Coun­cil have brought back the Christ­mas mar­ket.

Christ­mas is the most im­por­tant time of the year for re­tail­ers and a large part of our an­nual bud­get goes to­wards mak­ing the town cen­tre as at­trac­tive as pos­si­ble over the fes­tive sea­son.

This year, we think that Christ­mas will be the best that the town has seen.

Last week, the Chan­cel­lor de­liv­ered some wel­come news for re­tail­ers and small busi­nesses in gen­eral.

In his Bud­get, he an­nounced a new busi­ness rates re­lief that could po­ten­tially knock around a third off the bills for around 90% of small busi­nesses.

The Trea­sury cal­cu­late that could mean an av­er­age sav­ing of £8,000.

While that is good news for our small busi­nesses, high busi­ness rates will con­tinue to dam­age high streets across the coun­try.

The dis­par­ity be­tween the rates paid by on­line and high street stores, in par­tic­u­lar, is stark.

For ex­am­ple, on­line busi­nesses cur­rently pay just one tenth of the busi­ness rates paid by high street busi­nesses.

Our na­tional body, Bri­tish BIDs, will con­tinue to cam­paign on be­half of BIDs and their levy pay­ers across the coun­try for fur­ther whole­sale re­form of busi­ness rates.

It’s a play­ing field that still needs lev­el­ling.

Pic­ture: GRA­HAM MORE­TON, of Tar­leton Pho­tog­ra­phy

Fam­i­lies hav­ing fun at South­port’s Hal­lowe’en events last week

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