East Midlands Sleaford Town Council

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East Midlands Sleaford Town Council

  1. 2. Sleaford Pre-BID Partners East Midlands Winner in Business and Economy Category and Regional Winner
  2. 3. BIDs <ul><li>What’s a BID? </li></ul><ul><li>Business Improvement Districts come from relatively new legislation: </li></ul><ul><li>The Business Improvement Districts (England) Regulations 2004 </li></ul>
  3. 4. BIDs <ul><li>What does a BID do? </li></ul><ul><li>It can do whatever the business community wants it to do, provided the businesses agree to find the resources to do it </li></ul>
  4. 5. BIDs <ul><li>Key factors </li></ul><ul><li>Full discussion /consultation about the proposals across the community </li></ul><ul><li>A democratic decision </li></ul><ul><li>If agreed by a majority, all members contribute roughly in proportion to the size of their business, for a fixed term </li></ul><ul><li>Business-led and business-controlled </li></ul>
  5. 6. Sleaford The Background <ul><li>Town partnership – ran out of funding and needed an exit strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Town Manager’s post adopted by the Town Council for continuity </li></ul><ul><li>Town Council and The Chamber set up a Pre-BID Working Group </li></ul>
  6. 7. Sleaford <ul><li>Successfully applied to Lincolnshire Enterprise for funding </li></ul><ul><li>Engaged and consulted with local businesses </li></ul><ul><li>Drew up a Draft Business Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Joined East Midlands BIDs Academy run by ATCM and UKBIDs </li></ul>
  7. 8. Sleaford <ul><li>More consultation </li></ul><ul><li>Compiled Final Business Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Ballot in July 2007 </li></ul>
  8. 9. Sleaford <ul><li>Set up a new board, majority elected from amongst the businesses </li></ul><ul><li>Appointed a BID Manager </li></ul><ul><li>Sent out the levy bills…. </li></ul>
  9. 10. Sleaford Achievements so far <ul><li>Security - BID van patrols started, overnight and at weekends, a shared resource with the Town Council’s Town Warden </li></ul><ul><li>Car parking - commissioned a survey on car parking in the town, with Town Council and AMT, to lobby the car parking authority about off and on street car parking </li></ul>
  10. 11. Sleaford <ul><li>Promotion - supporting the town’s events, the Sustainable Sleaford project and Sleaford in Bloom </li></ul><ul><li>And there’s more </li></ul><ul><li>to come over the </li></ul><ul><li>next 4 years! </li></ul>
  11. 12. Sleaford <ul><li>To summarise </li></ul><ul><li>Legislation enabling BIDs in place in 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>First Market Town in the East Midlands </li></ul><ul><li>First Yes Vote in the BIDs Academy </li></ul><ul><li>Second BID in the East Midlands, after Lincoln </li></ul><ul><li>Third ‘district-wide’ BID in UK </li></ul><ul><li>There are now around 75 BIDs in England and Scotland, 5 in East Midlands </li></ul><ul><li>BIDs are spreading across the Country and could happen in your community! </li></ul>

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