Security support, new bins, planting projects and crowd pulling events are being celebrated in a short video looking back at the achievements of the Blackburn BID as it comes to the end of its second year in an initial five year business plan. Levy paying businesses are invited to find out more about how their money has been invested so far in a range of projects aimed at making the town cleaner, greener and safer and more secure, whilst raising footfall, attracting new customers and supporting new and existing businesses.
Harriet Roberts, BID manager explains, ‘The £1.5 million pounds available through business support is about adding value to the work that is already being done by the Council. Our partnership working has been very strong this year and we have had positive feedback, particularly around the additional planters which were maintained so beautifully by the gardeners this summer. The successful summer Countryside Comes to Town event delivered great footfall figures and some businesses reported their busiest day of trading ever.We are also delighted to have recruited a team of BID ambassadors.’
BID member businesses are encouraged to have their say about how the money is spent, bysharing their ideas and concerns for the town centre at the monthly working group meetings which feed into the bi-monthly meetings of the BID executive board chaired by Nicola Clayton of Blackburn College. The next working group meetings are on Tuesday 3rd November in the Mall training room: 10am Greener Cleaner, 11am, Attract & Support. 1pm Marketing & Events, 3pm, Safer/Secure. Businesses interested in attending should email firstname.lastname@example.org.