As a Blackburn BID levy payer there are lots of ways you can take part in helping the town centre revive and thrive.
Each year the Executive Board approves a 12 month business plan based on the annual objectives set out by the five year plan in the original BID prospectus voted for by levy payers in 2013.
The Executive Board meets for approximately 2 hours on a bi-monthly basis to discuss town centre issues and the delivery of the business plan. The BID Manager reports in to this meeting where the members receive reports and proposals from the steering groups and progress updates and priority issues for lobbying.
Board Members may be asked to represent the BID at wider town centre meetings and events and be asked to make statements on behalf of the BID.
There are three main Steering Groups, made up of BID levy payers and representatives of town centre organisations.
These meet for approximately 1 hour every 4 weeks to discuss issues relating to each of the four main working themes:
These meetings are led by the BID Manager, Harriet Roberts and includes representation from Blackburn Market, The Mall and Blackburn with Darwen Council regeneration and culture departments as well as levy payers. The group works in partnership to deliver a programme of town centre events and marketing ideas to increase footfall.
These meetings are led by the BID Manager, Harriet Roberts and includes representation from regeneration, cleansing and highways departments in Blackburn with Darwen Council and Capita. The group meets with the BID Manger discussing how we make the town centre greener and cleaner & how we attract new businesses and support existing traders.
These meetings are in partnership with the BBAC (Blackburn Business against Crime) with Blackburn town centre Police, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and Traders. These meetings discuss the delivery of the business plan and strategies for making the town centre safer and more secure by reducing crime & anti-social behaviour.
Levy payers are actively welcomed and invited to take part and have their say in any of the groups above. For details contact Mark Stevenson email@example.com
Levy Payers are businesses within the designated BID area with a rateable value of £10,000 and above. Levy invoices are issued in January each year with a copy of the previous year’s annual report and details of the AGM.
Are you a town centre trader within the BID area but not currently large enough to pay a levy?
To receive all the benefits above, why not become a Voluntary Levy Payer by making a minimum annual donation of £50? To apply please email firstname.lastname@example.org or download the application form here