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
Adam Chugg - 3VA
Andre Brincat - Marks and Spencers
Ashley Pugh - W Brufords
Carl Bird - Coffee Republic
Christina Ewbank - Edeal
Dave Padmore - McDonalds
Denise Harwood - The Enterprise Centre
Denise Greaves - etc Magazine and the Eastbourne Herald
Jeremy Sogno - Lawson Lewis Blakers
Keith Ridley - BID Consultant and former managing editor of the Eastbourne Herald
Lawrence Neil - Tri Store
Luke Johnson - Town Centre Manager
Martin Searle - The Federation of Small Business (FSB)
Matt Huddart - The Eastbourne Hospitality Association (EHA)
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.
The Business Plan
We have listened carefully to what you said is important to your business and we have carried out business surveys and consultations to make sure we understand what is important to you. As a result we have set the goals Your Eastbourne BID would aim to achieve in this business plan.
- Enhance the environment with striking winter lighting, signage, and impactful planted areas whilst creating an identity to promote Eastbourne's independent shopping areas; like Little Chelsea, Terminus Road, Cornfield, Langney and Bolton Roads
- Support and run events that will help increase footfall to our town
- Introduce family friendly street ambassadors at peak times and a business crime warden to make our town safer
- Lobby all levels of Government to ensure the needs of our town centre are heard
“Our town centre has a bright future and real opportunity with the investment being made in the extension to the Beacon and we now have a real chance to capitalise on this.”
Closs & Hamblin
“Imagine an organisation that supports, really supports business in our town. Imagine people who listen to our views and get things done here, in Eastbourne.”
“Eastbourne is incredibly lucky to have so many initiatives coming together, all within a short space of time. If we can work together this can be an exciting time for our town centre."