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Time to take a vote on BID
BALLOT papers will this week be delivered to all businesses in the proposed area of the Salisbury Business Improvement District (BID).
And all business owners operating are being urged to make sure they have their say on the proposal, which aims to raise £2m over five years to be invested in Salisbury.
Task group chairman Amanda Newbery, pictured, said: “The BID is a way of empowering businesses; of working together and becoming a strong and powerful group.
“There are some really exciting projects that I think Salisbury would love us to get started, but we need to get through the ballot stage before anything else happens.
“We want everyone to read the material being sent out and to know what it is about and make sure they understand it.”
BIDs are a way of managing an area – in this case it would cover the area inside the Salisbury ring road – so that businesses work together to decide what they want done, how to do it and how much money should be spent on it.
Members pay a pro-rata percentage of their rateable value over a year towards initiatives to improve trade, with each having a vote on decisions.
Businesses under a certain rateable value are exempt from paying but will still benefit from any measures that are introduced.
The Salisbury BID is supported by Salisbury Vision and is being developed by Salisbury and District Chamber of Commerce, the Federation of Small Businesses and Salisbury City Centre Management.
A consultation exercise was launched in March and several drop-in sessions have since been held.
Businesses now have four weeks to vote on whether they want a BID to be created in the city.
Anyone with questions is encouraged to contact one of the task group members, who are drawn from businesses across the city.
“There are some pretty successful businesses sitting around the table on this,” said Ms Newbery.
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