Huddersfield Launch event success
The Huddersfield BID Development Steering Group launched its BID Proposal and Business Plan to businesses from across the town centre last week.
Vernon O’Reilly, Centre manager of the Piazza Shopping Centre and Chair of the Huddersfield BID Development Steering Group, said, ‘The event was a great success with a lot of very positive comments and passion from the businesses about the future of the town centre and its surrounding area’.
Businesses learned about the new plan to ‘‘To develop Huddersfield into an accessible, safe, vibrant and attractive destination which celebrates its culture and heritage, serves its local business, university and residential community and is recognised as a great place to be’ and its four key priority areas: promotion and animation of the town centre, accessibility, safety and security and the way the town looks and having a great business, leisure and cultural offer.
The first project area in the plan is about creating a vibrant town centre which has a strong sense of identity and is perceived positively by local residents and nationally. It includes coordinating promotion of the town, creating more events and things to do and generating campaigns to profile the town centre businesses.
The second project is all about making the place more accessible. improving safety and access for pedestrians, easier access for cars and those on public transport.
The third project area is about working with the Council on generally improving the attractiveness of the town centre and working closely with the Police and other agencies to deal with crime and anti-social behaviour.
The last but one of the most important project areas to address, according to businesses in the town centre, is the business retail, leisure and cultural offer. The aim is to work with landlords and the Council and to build upon the offer and attract more office-based businesses into the town.
The budgeted income available for the five-year period of the BID is approximately £2.3 million. The yearly income will be made up of some £420,000 from the levy revenues and a sum averaging around £40,000 from voluntary, private and public-sector contributions.
Vernon O’Reilly, Centre manager of the Piazza Shopping Centre and Chair of the Huddersfield BID Development Steering Group, said, “There have been many initiatives in the town to bring people together and to work collectively to improve the prosperity of the town. The BID is a great opportunity for bringing the business community of the town and the surrounding area together as a collective voice with its own budget. We have also been working closely with the Council and Huddersfield Unlimited who we see as key partners, each with a clear role to play to contribute to the future of this great town”.
“Huddersfield has many advantages over other competing town centres if it can address the issues identified by businesses. We believe this plan will go a long way to changing the fortunes of this town. It is about bringing people together,” said Vernon.
If you are a business and would like more information about the BID or discuss any aspect of this business plan please e mail enquiries@Huddersfieldbid.co.uk Tel: 01484 599233 or go to www.Huddersfieldbid.co.uk