It’s a YES! Newquay businesses vote in firm favour of Newquay Business Improvement District (BID)

The directors of Newquay Business Improvement (BID) are delighted to announce today (Friday December 11th 2020) that the not-for-profit organisation has been voted in for a third term following a successful renewal ballot.

The result was announced at 9am this morning (Friday December 11th) via the BID’s social media platforms. Over the last 12 months, the team has consulted with all BID levy paying businesses to produce a comprehensive and purposefully ambitious business plan for Newquay and the result was that a majority of voting business have pledged their support for the BID’s future.

This ‘Yes’ vote means that the BID will continue to operate and be able to begin work on starting to deliver the priorities and projects that have been outlined in the new business plan for Newquay (2021-2026) – details of which can be viewed here. The third term of the BID programme will officially commence on April 1st 2021.

Formed in 2011, Newquay BID is a not-for-profit organisation that delivers projects and services in the town to make Newquay safer, more vibrant, more welcoming and to improve and support the varied business community.

Over the past ten years, Newquay BID has firmly established itself as an integral catalyst, a constant business and community support provider and a key driver for new businesses relocating to the town. The organisation is also a vital body providing ongoing powerful local, regional and national advertising, media, digital communications, PR and marketing campaigns for Newquay.

Partner at Newquay estate agents, Start & Co and voluntary BID board director, Jonathan Start said, “I am very pleased that Newquay businesses have voted to back the BID, unlocking so much more potential for the town. As a business owner myself, I feel we can sleep well knowing that Newquay BID is secure in its position for another five years, and that it has our backs. The next five years are critical to business recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic, so it is more important than ever that we have this support. It’s a significant result for all current and future Newquay businesses.”

Founder of Newquay Activity Centre, Rob Barber, who has just invested in an extensive new property and home for his business said, “I’m extremely pleased that the BID has been voted in for a third term and can continue its brilliant work for the next five years. The BID has been fantastic and we have seen an ongoing evolution in the town over the years it has been in existence. The BID has succeeded in creating effective partnerships and delivered new strategic projects for Newquay, raising its profile and its potential locally, regionally, nationally and beyond. We have so many proactive businesses in this community and this co-investment means there is a brighter future for all of us.”

Carla Jones, Newquay Business Improvement District (BID) Manager, said, “We are naturally thrilled with the result of the BID ballot. Lots of hard work has gone into the business plan and into the renewal process and it is very reassuring for us to see that the majority of businesses across all sectors share our vision and have come together to make this happen. Newquay needs us to join forces more than ever and we are super excited to get stuck in with the next five years. The voting response that we have had has been really positive and it’s so refreshing to see that businesses have pledged their support for the BID’s third term especially given the nature of the year we have all found ourselves in. Running the ballot during a global pandemic and a national second lockdown was never going to be an easy feat but this ballot outcome has reinforced to us that our continuity as an organisation is vitally needed and much wanted at a time when the future has been so uncertain. We are so glad we get to stick around and continue to help Newquay and its businesses continue to grow, shine and recover, long into the future. Newquay needs and quite rightly deserves our best efforts for the town that we all love. It’s truly wonderful news to end the year on’

Carla continued, “This ‘Yes’ vote means that Newquay BID has secured an investment into Newquay of approximately £150,000 annually until 2026, which we can allocate to vital new projects as per the business plan. We simply cannot wait to get started on everything over the coming months. We would like to thank everyone who took the time to vote and offer their support for us, ultimately businesses are the backbone of our organisation, and I am very much looking forward to working with you all. We would request anyone who has any questions about the next term, and our plans, or simply wants to get in touch to know more to email Here’s to a safe, fruitful and happy 2021!”

For more information on Newquay BID, its achievements, initiatives and projects to date and to read the new business plan for 2021-2026, please visit:


Notes to editors:

A BID requires over 50% of businesses to vote by either number or by rateable value of their property. 

59% voted in favour of a BID by number, and 65% by rateable value. To view the official results, click here

Over 200 businesses cast their vote.