Gloucester BID Succeeds in Securing Second Term
Gloucester BID has been successful in securing a second term, with a ‘yes’ vote from businesses in the city. The second term will start on October 1 and will run for the next five years.
Gloucester BID operates within the city centre and provides vital services for businesses such as the City Protection Officers (jointed funded by the city council and the Police and Crime Commissioner) and initiatives such as the Gloucester Gift Card.
It also supports key events such as the popular Tall Ships Festival and the Gloucester Goes Retro event that helps to attract visitors and shoppers into the city.
The BID, stands for Business Improvement District and is an independent, business-led and funded body.
It was successful after pledging to deliver on three key priority areas – making Gloucester safer, a more attractive and vibrant city, and one that was well promoted.
Businesses that pay a levy to help fund the BID were balloted and the majority voted in favour of renewing it for a second term.
Councillor Richard Cook, Leader of Gloucester City Council, said: “We’re delighted that local businesses see the value in the BID, which works hard not only to make sure our city centre is a vibrant and attractive place, but also to make sure that local businesses feel their voices are heard on the matters that affect them. We are pleased that we will continue to work with them to deliver improvements to the city centre over the next five years.”
Emily Gibbon, BID Manager, said: “A huge thank you to the businesses who voted in the renewal ballot. After such a challenging time for everyone, we’re now more committed than ever to support Gloucester businesses and deliver on our priorities. We are delighted that business have voted overall to keep us as their city champions. Gloucester BID is incredibly proud of what it has achieved during its first term, much of which has been set against unprecedented challenges for traders thanks to lockdowns, restrictions and ensuing economic uncertainty. We’re looking forward to another five years of working collaboratively with businesses and partners in the city during a pivotal time with so much regeneration happening. It’s great to be part of it!’