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Salisbury BID renewal ballot launches

Salisbury BID board of directorsBusiness support organisation Salisbury BID has launched its renewal ballot to secure a further five-year term.

In accordance with the Business Improvement Districts (England) Regulations 2004, the BID is required to hold a ballot to enable it to continue its work for a second five-year term.

Businesses who are eligible to vote in the BID ballot will receive ballot papers today (Friday) through the post.

Businesses have until 28 February to cast their vote and return the ballot paper to Electoral Reform Services.

The ballot result will be announced on 1 March.

Keith Hanson, chairman of Salisbury BID and director of Salisbury recruitment agency Personnel Placements, said: “We’ve achieved so much in our first five-year term, especially in the last 12 months, when we’ve represented businesses in the response and recovery of the city following the March 2018 incident.

“We’ve taken on board what businesses want to see more of and the issues that need addressing, and we hope businesses will vote to keep the BID to enable us to continue the good work we do.

“There’s no alternative organisation that will carry out the services and projects outlined in our business plan, so I urge businesses to vote yes to keep the BID.”

Salisbury BID was established in 2014 and is a not-for-profit organisation. It’s funded by more than 500 businesses within the ring-road that have a rateable value of £10,000 or more.

The services and projects the BID deliver are not statutory services and are in addition to those services already provided by the local councils.

The BID has funded and delivered a number of initiatives over the past five years, including a cost saving scheme that saved businesses more than £60,000.

The Salisbury Gift Card was set up by the BID to support businesses by helping to keep money within the city.

The BID also financially and operationally supports the Salisbury Independents group which promotes the independent businesses in the city.

The BID’S City Ranger responsive cleaning service allows businesses to report issues that will be dealt immediately. The City Rangers are also on hand to assist with any security issues businesses may face.

As co-funders of Salisbury CityWatch, the BID keeps the city’s CCTV and radio link scheme operational.

Investment into the city’s appearance is also a priority for the BID; from floral displays and the Salisbury umbrella display, to maintenance work of street furniture and removal of graffiti.

In 2014, the BID took over the management of the Salisbury Christmas Market and has delivered it since.

The BID acts as a voice for businesses and have been the recognised business voice during the recovery of the March 2018 incident.

The BID’s business plan proposal (2019 – 2024) was launched in January, with the three themes for their future work outlined as ‘Welcoming & Enhancing’, ‘Promoting & Supporting’ and ‘Representing & Influencing’.

The business plan was formed following an extensive consultation with the BID’s business members back in the summer.

Over the five-years, an additional £2 million will be invested into making the city centre a better place to do business.

The BID is governed by a voluntary board of directors, all of whom are BID levy-paying businesses within the city. All BID members are entitled to apply to become a BID Director.

Salisbury BID is one of more than 300 business-led BIDs in the UK charged with helping designated areas maximise their business potential. Neighbouring BID’s include Winchester, Southampton, Chippenham, Bath and Bournemouth.