What is the Blackburn BID?
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 and defines the town as it was then, the boundary of the map remains the same for the full term of the BID, which is initially 5 years from 1st January 2014. The current term ends on 31st December 2018.
Consultations with businesses identified four themes which would be addressed by a Blackburn Town Centre BID:
- To market and promote Blackburn as a vibrant town centre
- To create a safer, more secure Blackburn town centre
- To create a sustainable, cleaner and more attractive environment, and
- To attract and support businesses
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 complementary 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.
“A Blackburn Business Improvement District will make a difference in Blackburn.”
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.
Who is a BID member?
All businesses and organisations within the defined area of the BID with a rateable value of £10,000 or more are required to pay the BID levy each year based on occupancy & teh rateable value on the 1st January each year. The BID levy in Blackburn is currently 1% of rateable value and is payable in January each year. The BID levy is not prorated for part calendar years of occupation.
Voluntary BID members
Businesses that are too small to pay the BID levy can opt to join the BID and become members on a voluntary basis. The annual charge for each calendar year is £50 plus VAT. The voluntary contribution always expires on the 31st December each year.