What is a BID?

A BID (a business improvement district) is a business-led, business-funded initiative to improve and enhance a commercial area - in our case, Eastbourne town centre. A BID can only be established if the majority of businesses vote for it.

In August 2015 we launched a feasibility report to assess support and determine the priorities for any future BID. Since then, we have spoken to over 300 businesses, both as 1-2-1 meetings or as group consultations with the overwhelming majority of businesses confirming their intention to back our BID.

In July we went to ballot and 68% voted "YES" in favour of the Business Improvement District for Eastbourne.

Now the real work begins!

Who We Are

Your Eastbourne BID has a steering group representing members of the local and national business community and spread out across the BID.

Shoes - Chair and owner of the Dew Drop Inn and The Eagle
Abby Buddle - Boots
Ashley Pugh - W Brufords
Bill Plumridge - The Beacon
Carl Bird - Coffee Republic
Christina Ewbank - Edeal
Denise Greaves - etc Magazine & The Eastbourne Herald
Denise Harwood - The Enterprise Centre
Ian Lucas - The Bloom Factory & Janet's Flowers
Jeremy Sogno - Lawson Lewis Blakers
Keith Ridley - BID Consultant and Communication Advisor
Lucy King - Eastbourne Framing Centre
Maxine Reid - Quantuma
Simon Groves - PRG Marketing Communications
Stephen Holt - Eastbourne unLtd Chamber of Commerce
Tom Meggison - Metro Bank

5 year plan

BIDs last for five years following ballot. After the 5 years, businesses have the chance to decide whether or not to renew. In Eastbourne’s case, the levy would be 1.5% of a premises rateable value with an exemption for properties below £6000.

Read the baseline agreement (PDF)