Renewal Ballot

On 17th October 2019, a ballot will be held proposing the renewal of the Bedford Business Improvement District (BID) for a further five years.

BedfordBID was among the first twelve to pilot a Business Improvement District in 2005. Town centres are evolving.  Given the impact that on-line shopping, changing customer needs and expectations are having on town centres, Government, investors and business leaders now recognise BIDs as the best way to keep our towns alive. Consequently, there are now over three hundred BIDs across the UK.

We are hoping to secure another five years to deliver our Business Plan.  BedfordBID is committed to responding to the needs of the town centre businesses, in all sectors;  evening economy, retail, the professional & public sector, hospitality, food & drink, culture and heritage. All these make up our town centre and all need to thrive in order for the town to benefit more widely.

Over the years BedfordBID has proven to be responsive to the needs of town centre businesses in order to tackle immediate issues and will continue to do so. Following an extensive consultation period over the past eighteen months, we have captured ambitions, ideas and aspirations to move Bedford forward in line with six priorities identified.

BedfordBID will commit to putting safety, a welcoming environment and experience,  shaping change, being one business voice, delivering value, investing in place making plus communicating and delivering events

Important Documents

Select the images below to view our Proposal and Business Plan

ProposalBusiness Plan

View our May Business Meeting Presentation

What next?

1. Read the business plan and contact BedfordBID on 01234 404500 or drop into the office on Lurke Street or ask any Board member if you have any questions.

2. A Notice of Ballot will be sent to you on 29th August 2019 setting out the BID arrangements.

3. The Ballot Papers will arrive by post by 16th September 2019.

4. Complete the Ballot Papers at your earliest convenience and return in the postage paid envelope provided. ‘YES’ will ensure the BID is retained for a further five years. 

5. Ballot papers must be received at Bedford Borough Council by 5pm 17th October 2019 for your vote to be counted.  The result will be announced the following day.

There will be a sealed Ballot Box located on Reception at Borough Hall.

Eligible voting rate payers will be able to cast their vote into the ballot box between the hours of 8.30am – 5.00pm Monday – Friday and no later than 5pm on Thursday 17 October 2019.

6. If the majority of BID members by number and rateable value are in favour, BedfordBID services will continue and the additional commitments set out in the Business Plan will be delivered.  The new term would commence 1st April 2020.

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