Newquay Business Improvement District (BID) hosted a special member forum with Steve Double MP, where local businesses had the opportunity to ask questions and share feedback on matters affecting the town and economy.

Issues discussed included recent business rates changes, the campaign to cut VAT on tourism business, changes to funding in Cornwall after Brexit, costs of environmentally friendly and sustainable products, the importance of the marine and fishing industry in the town, alongside many other matters which affect the towns businesses and economy.

Supporting businesses is a strategic priority for BID, which includes giving members the opportunity voice their views, concerns, and be able to make recommendations on issues that are affecting them. BID works to ensure businesses to have a voice, and that it represents members to be able to influence policy and decisions.

The forum was held at the new Start & Co office on Cliff Road and was attended by member businesses and representatives from a cross section of Newquay.

Darren Lewarne, Relationship Manager, Natwest, said of the forum “I was interested to listen to Steve Double’s views on the VAT threshold and how a number of local guesthouse businesses in Newquay & elsewhere feel restricted by the current limit. It will be interesting to see the post-Brexit stance on this important aspect for businesses.”

BID Director Karen Hoyle says “Newquay BID try to provide Newquay Businesses with the chance to access anything that may help them day to day or answer questions on areas they are not sure about. Meeting MP Steve Double gave business the opportunity to raise questions as well as listen to concerns of others.”

BID holds monthly meetings (except during July/August) with members to discusses issues facing the town, share ideas, and hear updates on BID projects. The next meeting is Friday 19th May, any members wishing to attend or find out more should email