newquay_brand-0809BID ballot papers deadline is 10th December

Business leaders across Newquay are urging their peers to ensure that they don’t miss out on the opportunity to vote for a positive future for the destination, with the Newquay Business Improvement District (BID) reballot coming to a close on Thursday 10th December.  Ballot papers have to be returned by mail meaning that time is running short for those who haven’t already voted.

The voting period that determines whether the BID will run a second term has been open since 7th November and all 440 eligible businesses should have had their ballot papers and a copy of the BID second term business plan by post. If for any reason, the elected people within these businesses have not received these vital tools, the BID Board of Directors, made up of a selection of Newquay’s most successful business leaders, are urging them to contact the BID office straight away to get their forms.  The last date for replacement ballot papers to be issued is Tuesday 8th December. Businesses have until 5pm on Thursday December 10th to return their papers, by post, and cast their votes.  The result will be announced on Friday December 11th.

The second five year term of Newquay BID will secure an investment of over £750,000 that will be pumped back into the destination to improve the trading environment for businesses and to meet the four main objectives that are outlined in the 2016-2020 Newquay BID business plan. These objectives, all compiled as a result of extensive consultation with local businesses and feedback, include destination marketing and developing and evolving the ‘Destination Newquay’ appeal, through various means such as creating more effective digital content, improving the visual aesthetic of Newquay, creating a more vibrant and welcoming town centre and building and enhancing current event schedules.  Another key BID objective is improving and supporting businesses in the town through training, lobbying and sourcing grant funding, to ensure that every sector of business has the opportunity to benefit from the BID.

The comprehensive plan has been created using feedback from businesses in the town as a result of extensive BID-held consultations and aims to support all sectors including retail, hospitality, leisure, service providers and industry. The mission statement is “Continuing to grow Newquay as a leading visitor destination for tourism, business and living.” If the BID is voted back in for a second term, 82% of businesses will pay less than £10 per week and all businesses will pay less in 2016 than they did in 2015 as the amount they pay will be reset to 1%.

Newquay BID Manager, Eve Wooldridge says, “The new business plan for Newquay has essentially been written by over 150 proactive businesses following some great feedback that we received during the consultation process. We subsequently worked with a steering group to drive the final project list before presenting this to the Board of Directors for final sign off. The priority areas have changed for a second term and we have an abundance of new and exciting projects for Newquay. This is a chance for us to further build on all that we have achieved over the last five years and continue to place Newquay, in the mind of hundreds of thousands of target visitors, as the UK’s top coastal lifestyle destination.”

Eve continues, “As Newquay BID’s Manager, my role involves me meeting regularly with managers of other Cornish BIDs and it is apparent that we are all facing similar challenges. However, the BID is a catalyst to fight these challenges and make sure that Newquay continues to evolve and make considerable progress.  If people look back to five years ago, before we created and orchestrated the BID campaigns and initiatives, I think they’ll see that a huge amount of positive progress has been made.  A second term also means lots of opportunities for business people to be involved in the direction of new projects and we will be creating a set of BID member-led steering and focus groups to ensure everything we do fits with our members’ business ambitions.”

Chair of Newquay BID, Rachel Craze, of Newquay Fruit Sales, says, “The process of renewing the BID has ensured that every single business has been given ample opportunity to tell us what you want and need over the next five years. We’re here to support all sectors and we will achieve this with the four priority areas that we are focussing on. It’s now over to all of the town’s businesses to do their bit to ensure they get their vote for the BID in, to make the plan a reality.”

Mrs Craze continues, “The BID will continue to be managed by a Board of Directors, who all give our time voluntarily to drive the BID forward, making sure that it is performing for businesses in our resort. In the weeks of the ballot process we want to make sure that everyone has all the information that they need to vote. All of the BID directors are ready and willing to come and meet members this week to answer any questions and provide more insight into the future plans.  This is our last week to make sure the positive future of our home town is secure and sorted and we all urge everyone to make sure they utilise their vote in this important process.”

Each of the Newquay BID Board members are available for appointment via contact with the Newquay BID office on 01637 498 599.

The BID Board Members are:

Rachel Craze – Newquay Fruit Sales (Chair), Springfield Rd

Andy Cole – Andy’s Café, East Street (Vice Chair)

Jonathan Start – Start & Co, Cliff Road

Stephen Hawkey – Whitakers, Berry Road

Jenny Craven – Velotive, Alma Place

Darryl Reburn – The Headland Hotel, Headland Road

Jenny Briant – Fistral Beach, Fistral

Jon Grant – Whiskers, Gover Lane

Karen Hoyle – Get Set for Growth

Colin Paul – (Pauline’s Creamery) On behalf of Newquay Chamber of Commerce

Andy Hannan – On behalf of Newquay Town Council

If businesses have lost their ballot papers, they need to contact The Ballot Holder at Cornwall Council immediately via these details:

The Ballot Holder at Cornwall Council,

Electoral Services,

St Austell One Stop Shop,

Penwinnick Road,

St Austell PL25 5DR

Alternatively, they can send an email to: voter-registration@cornwall.gov.uk for a replacement ballot paper, providing evidence of their identity.

If businesses have any questions about the BID business plan, then they can also get in contact with the BID team, either by emailing alice.beard@newquaybid.co.uk or by visiting the team in its office at Marcus Hill, or arranging for the BID Manager to come and see them at their premises.  The 2015 Festive Festival guide, an eight page guide to what’s on in Newquay at Christmas, can be collected at the Tourist Information Centre on Marcus Hill. You can also email the BID team on the above address to receive a digital version of this guide.

For more information on the ongoing work that Newquay BID has done during its existence, please see the website at: http://www.newquaybid.co.uk/.