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Kendal businesses to ballot on Business Improvement District plan
5:28pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
KENDAL town centre businesses are about to start voting on whether they want to set up a Business Improvement District (BID) that would see investment of over £800,000 during the next five years.
Ballot papers are being posted out to all 696 eligible voters today and businesses have until 5pm on 25 October 2013 to return their vote. Kendal business will decide whether to invest together to make the town centre a cleaner, brighter, competitive place with more events, joint business buying schemes, marketing and promotion and parking initiatives.
Copies of the BID Business Prospectus have now been hand delivered to all town centre businesses. The plan is based on extensive consultation over the last nine months with businesses from all sectors, including pubs, restaurants, retailers, professional services, creative industries and service providers.
Chris Kolek, Kendal BID co-ordinator said: “A flourishing town centre would benefit the whole of Kendal and the surrounding area. “I’m overwhelmed by the positive response, most business premises initial reaction have been great and very encouraging”.
The top priorities for businesses are a more attractive and busy town centre, along with encouraging people to visit more often, stay longer and spend more while they are here.
Martyn Nicholson, chairman of the Kendal BID Steering Group and managing director of Russell Armer Homes, said: “The Kendal BID is a private sector initiative driven by businesses for businesses. During all the consultation events businesses have been incredibly enthusiastic about the BID plans and are excited about the positive impact it would have in the town. We need everyone who has shown support so far to get behind the BID and vote yes in the ballot.”
The Kendal BID would be funded by a one percent levy on the rateable value of those eligible businesses located within the BID area. For example, if the rateable value is £12,000 – the cost will be £120 a year or £10 per month. Businesses with a rateable value below £3,000 will be exempt from paying the levy but are invited to make a voluntary contribution.
Simon Thomas, owner of Staff of Life Bakery on Berry’s Yard is a passionate supporter of the BID: “The BID is a fantastic opportunity to work together with traders as a major voice for businesses in the town centre. We’ve all had the chance to put forward our ideas and it’s great to see that the Business Plan truly represents what we as businesses think can make the biggest difference to our town centre economy. By voting yes in the ballot we can make sure those ideas are brought to life and help create a better Kendal.”
Copies of the BID Business Plan can be downloaded by visiting www.kendalBID.co.uk For more information please call Chris Kolek on 07900 608085 or email Chris@KendalBID.co.uk You can also follow progress via Twitter @KendalBID
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