In July, almost 600 shops, offices and restaurants will have the opportunity to decide if they want Eastbourne to become a BID town.
What makes the BID special is that it is led entirely by the business community through a small levy on rateable values of just 1.5%. Business owners can create (for the first time) their own funds to be spent how they choose. Businesses decide their priorities and how they want their money spent.
More than 300 BIDs already exist in towns and cities across the UK including Hastings and Brighton, creating a vibrant atmosphere and an attractive environment. Our BID will improve our shopping streets, creating new events and increasing footfall.
Failure to invest in our town centre could mean we fall behind those towns who do have a BID. And a vibrant town centre benefits all businesses as more seek to invest and capitalise on our success. Businesses realise that in order for our town centres to prosper and compete with online trading a new shopping experience has to exist. And businesses are best placed to implement this.
If you are a town centre business and you want to know more, please call us on 01323 641144 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll visit you to tell you more. Alternatively, we have a drop in session every Thursday at Coffee Republic between 4.30pm and 6.00pm, so do drop in for a catch up.
You’ll see our slogan is Your Eastbourne – Let’s Make It Shine. We really can if you vote “YES” in July.