A Blackburn Business Improvement District was identified by the Blackburn Town Centre Partnership as an ideal mechanism to develop a dynamic business environment in Blackburn town centre. This map was published in 2013 when the BID area was defined. For a more up to date map visit here
Consultations with businesses identified four themes which would be addressed by a Blackburn Town Centre BID:
The Blackburn Town Centre BID has the potential to raise £1.5 million over 5 years, starting in 2014, to invest in local projects and services under these themes. This will be in addition to, and complimentary to, the services already delivered by the local authority and other agencies, and planned strategic investments in the area such as the Cathedral Quarter, new bus station and expanding college campus.
The Blackburn Business Improvement District for Blackburn was approved on 11th November 2013. A majority of the Business ratepayers in the proposed BID area who voted, voted in favour of the proposal, both by aggregate rateable value and numbers voting.
The BID started on 1st January 2014 and will run for 5 years.