The ballot to decide whether the Southend City Business Improvement District (BID) will continue for a third five year term from 2023 is now underway. The businesses and organisations that make up the city’s retail and leisure sectors, can now vote to determine whether Southend City BID continues to operate for a third term during a month-long ballot period that finishes on Thursday 3 November 2022.
Southend City BID has been in operation for 10 years and through innovative and creative projects, initiatives and activities, Southend City BID will continue to be at the forefront of promoting the city. This will include ensuring Southend is a city of experiences and excitement for the local community and beyond through a calendar of events and activities to encourage visitors to the city.
The BID will also build upon its work in ensuring a safe and welcoming city centre environment. This will include continued work on projects and services such as the Street Rangers, Purple Flag scheme, cleansing and enhancing the BID zone with seasonal decorations, festive lighting installations and floral displays.
Southend City BID is the voice for businesses and the additional projects and services that it provides are essential to the future success and continued vibrancy of the area, which in the current economic circumstances is more essential than ever. Without a successful renewal ballot, these vital initiatives will immediately cease and will not be replaced.
Mark Bartrip, Chair and Director of Southend City BID, said:
“After ten years of striving to make Southend a place of destination, and being on hand to support businesses and the community wherever possible, we have reached a crucial point for the organisation. We are mindful of the ongoing challenges businesses face and feel that it is more important than ever that Southend City BID receives another five year term. It is now down to our levy-payers to determine whether plans for the BID’s third term, combined with what we have already achieved are enough to justify another five years. We are confident that this is the case and urge our levy paying businesses to vote yes for a third term.”
To view the business plan in its entirety, please visit: https://www.southendbid.com/resources