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Newquay Business Improvement District (BID) is hoping for a landslide ‘Yes’ vote in the approaching reballot next month. If it achieves this, it will be renewed for another five years to continue some of the fantastic work it has been doing throughout the resort such as its exciting event schedule, lobbying services and the creation of a host of promotional material including Seven magazine. It is therefore urging members to read the business plan, consider the options and vote for a solid ‘Yes’.

All 440 businesses in the Newquay BID geographical area that have a rateable value of £7,500 or more have been sent a ballot paper. The ballot is being run independently by Cornwall Council, with the close of the ballot being at 5pm on Thursday 10th December and the result being available on Friday 11th December.

Director of the Lighthouse Cinema, Mark Williams says, “We will certainly be using our vote at the Lighthouse Cinema, it’s so important to Newquay businesses that you support the projects the BID has in its manifesto and that you cast your vote. The recent Newquay Business Week worked very well for us, the BID used us as one of the venues and this was great for raising our profile. We are also doing some events for Christmas and these are in the event guides that have gone out to Newquay residents; we couldn’t buy this type of promotion alone. The publications and events have been excellent for attracting new and existing customers to the cinema and we are hoping that businesses will vote a resounding ‘Yes’ and the BID will continue for another 5 years”.

Newquay BID is urging all businesses to vote as, whatever the outcome of the ballot, it is important that businesses have had their say and that the mandate for the decision is reflective of the town’s aspirations.

Director of Start & Co, Jonathan Start says, “I have been a Director of Newquay BID for nearly two years now and it’s been great to have had a role in steering the direction of the BID and contributing to the economic development of Newquay. We have seen huge changes in Newquay over the last four years and these have been the result of some great partnership work of the BID with other agencies, the support and interaction of the businesses and the strength of the business objectives. We still have so much more to achieve with a new set of objectives and priorities and that’s why it’s important for businesses to read the business plan and make an informed vote.”

If businesses have lost their ballot papers, they may apply to the below:

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.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/. 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 at alice.beard@newquaybid.co.uk to receive a digital version of this guide.