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.

Read the baseline agreement (PDF)