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Amesbury to decide on BID
3:08pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in Business
BUSINESSES in Amesbury could be asked if they want to transform the town into a Business Improvement District (BID) in the hope of increasing trade and promoting the area’s attractions.
At its meeting last week the town council received a presentation from Mo Aswat from the Mosaic Partnership, which has helped 61 towns and cities across the country achieve BID status.
The Stonehenge Chamber of Trade wants to see £5,000 of the £10,000 given to Amesbury as part of the Portas Pilot Scheme last year invested in carrying out a feasibility study.
If it is successful and the BID goes ahead, businesses in Amesbury will be asked to pay a contribution each year depending on their rateable value.
In return they will have a say in how the money is spent in areas such as marketing, public safety and security, and improvements to the street scene.
They will also be able to “bulk buy” services such as insurance and trade waste collection to save money in the long-term.
“A BID is about delivering achievable projects for the good of businesses in the town. You set your own priorities and the will of the people prevails,” said Mr Aswat.
“BIDs have become the norm in the management of our town centres. It gives you a structure which allows your town to compete.
“Otherwise business will continue to be lost to other channels that people spend their money on.”
BIDS in other parts of the country have spent their money on town rangers, enhanced street cleaning, marketing, reduced parking charges and even extra policing.
Businesses in Salisbury are soon to be asked to vote on whether they want a BID in the city with the money being split between promotion, public events and initiatives to boost trade.
Amesbury town councillor John Noeken said: “This is quite an exciting principal and I think it we need to take this forward.”
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