On Friday this week, Newquay Business Improvement District (BID) will announce the result of the ballot that will determine whether the BID has been voted in for another five-year term in Newquay. The result will be announced at 9am on the morning of Friday December 11th via the BID’s social media platforms and mailshot. You can follow Newquay BID on Facebook at ‘Newquay Business Improvement District’ or sign up for its weekly newsletter at www.newquaybid.co.uk.
440 eligible local businesses have had the opportunity to vote in this absolutely crucial renewal process which started on November 7th. The ballot officially closes at 5pm on Thursday December 10th and businesses have until this date to return their ballot paper to the ballot holder at Cornwall Council. The BID is hoping for a high turnout of business votes which will be reflective of the town’s sentiment. If the outcome is a ‘Yes’ and the BID is voted in for a second term, it will continue its positive work as well as immediately start to deliver on some of the key projects that are outlined in the new business plan (2016-2021). If, on the other hand, the result is a ‘No’ then all BID activity will cease on March 31st 2016.
Owner of Andy’s Café, Andy Cole says, “I’ve been proud to be involved with Newquay BID since the very beginning and I’ve witnessed the difference it’s made to the town centre. The BID is a business-led mechanism that can continue to make a difference in Newquay. The board of directors all have businesses in the resort and this reinforces our positions as we want to improve the environment that we trade in. It’s not too late to vote, you have until 5pm on Thursday 10th December to get your ballot paper over to the Cornwall Council offices, either physically or by first class mail so find that ballot paper and use it to make a difference for your business and your town!”
As one of the many voluntarily members that have joined Newquay BID, Rob Barber at Newquay Activity Centre says, “As a voluntary member, Newquay Activity Centre has benefitted greatly through the work delivered by the BID. We have taken part in the loyalty card scheme, learned from the business training that it has provided and received an increase in business through its events and initiatives. 2015 has been an awesome year for the Newquay Activity Centre and we will definitely be joining the BID next year if it’s successful in this ballot.”
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 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.
If businesses have any questions about the BID business plan, then they can also get in contact with the BID team, either by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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/.