Business across Huddersfield’s town centre and the surrounding area stand to gain from the £2 million worth of investment over the next five years in making Huddersfield accessible, safe, vibrant and attractive destination which celebrates its culture and heritage, and is a great place to be’.
The investment will be generated through the Business Improvement District or BID plan which businesses have been working on over the last eighteen months and is going to ballot in October.
Hayley Higgins, Manager of Boots Opticians said, ‘this is a great initiative and we all stand to benefit. As businesses in the town centre will have the ability to decide how we spend the money to address things which affect our customers and their ability to enjoy themselves in the town centre.’
One of the initiatives included in the plan is the introduction of Rangers in the town. They will be in uniform and contactable by radio or mobile phone and there to help the public, work with businesses on day to day issues and work closely with the Police acting as eyes and ears to tackle anti-social behaviour, street begging and crime.
‘The perception of the town is a real issue both during the day and the night so having a friendly team of people to support visitors and businesses on a day to day basis will be of real benefit,’ said Hayley. ’Huddersfield is great town with a great community and we need to capitalise on that to welcome everyone here to enjoy themselves.’
The businesses will be working closely with the Police the Local Authority to make sure that the business’s activities will compliment and support the normal services and not replace them. The aim is to make sure that existing services become even more effective by working together and helping to prioritise and target issues which businesses see as important to them and their customers.
The Business Improvement District (BID) Ballot will get under way this week with ballot papers
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