Retail BID Birmingham Renewal Ballot success

The Retail BID has secured a third five-year term following a successful Renewal Ballot of its member businesses in the city centre.

The secret postal ballot conducted by the Independent Scrutineer, Electoral Reform Services closed on 27th October 2016.

In order for a BID ballot to be successful, the majority of those who voted must have voted in favour of the BID, both in terms of number and rateable value. A total of 79% voted in favour of the Retail BID continuing, with 86% in rateable value.

The result of the vote was confirmed by Robert Connolly, Deputy BID Ballot Holder and Head of Electoral Services at Birmingham City Council.

A Business Improvement District (BID) is where local businesses in a defined area vote to invest together in additional projects and services to improve their business environment. There are now well over 200 BIDs in towns and cities across the UK, with 11 of these in Birmingham alone.

The Retail BID’s first term spanned 2007-2012 and following its first Renewal Ballot, continues from 2012 to March 2017. During this time, the BID has delivered high profile events and marketing campaigns, street scene improvements and business support, as well as lobbying on behalf of its businesses on many key issues affecting the city centre.

Chair of the Retail BID and General Manager of Grand Central, Jonathan Cheetham said:

“This is excellent news and shows the confidence that our businesses have in the Retail BID and their support for our plans to improve the success of the cityscape over the next five years.

“I would like to thank the BID Board of Directors and our BID Manager, Steve Hewlett and his team for all their hard work in securing this ballot success for the benefit of our city centre businesses.”

The BID works in partnership with Birmingham City Council and organisations on a number of projects and services.

City Council Leader, Cllr John Clancy, said:

“I am delighted that the Retail BID has secured its third term, enabling continuation of all the good work carried out since 2007 and as a key partner of the City Council on matters concerning the city centre.”

The third term for the Retail BID commences on 1st April 2017 and ends on 31st March 2022. For further information, visit www.retailbirmingham.co.uk

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