The Business Improvement District (BID) Ballot will get under way this week with ballot papers being sent out to nearly 600 businesses to get their votes on the proposed BID Business Plan over the next four weeks.
Daniel Krigers a Partner and Head of Employment with Chadwick Lawrence Solicitors which is supporting the BID said, “Chadwick Lawrence – as a legal practice and a longstanding member of the community – sees immediate benefits through attracting more people into the town centre and working more collaboratively with others in the area. Our survey results tell us that it is crucial we develop a consistent identity and brand, that we improve the appearance of the environment and that we make our town centre safer and more accessible. If the BID is voted in, we will have a fund essentially dedicated to meeting these objectives.”
“On a personal level, Daniel continued, “I live in Huddersfield and I want to spend time in the town centre. I want to be able to walk through the area and be proud of the surroundings and of the business community we have. And I want to see confidence in other businesses who are considering ventures in the town centre; to do this, there has to be an increase in footfall and in willingness to stay here.”
Survey work undertaken in preparation of the BID Proposal showed that businesses thought the town centre looked quite good in parts but there were factors which have a negative impact upon the overall appearance of the town centre, including derelict and vacant buildings.
One of the BID’s key aims is to make Huddersfield smarter, tidier and more attractive for visitors, residents and people working in the town to enjoy. Initiatives include additional cleaning, additional floral displays, public art and festive and creative lighting which complements and develops the heritage and characteristics of Huddersfield.
The BID also aims to work with landlords to make sure that vacant or derelict properties are maintained and presented in a smart and tidy way so that they and do not detract from the appeal of the rest of the town.
Daniel said, ‘A smart and attractive town is in everyone’s interests and will certainly benefit businesses whether they be retailers or office-based organisations. The surroundings to your premises affect people’s perceptions of you and your business and if the place does not look cared for then it can raise questions in people’s minds about the quality of the businesses based in that location.’
The BID is proposing a range of initiatives to address key issues and challenges in the town and hopes to make a real difference with its projects which aim to help the community of Huddersfield as a whole. Business rate payers from the town centre will vote on whether they wish to make the proposal a reality and generate funds for the businesses to invest of around £2.3 million over the next five years.
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