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BUSINESS WEST – CONNECTING BUSINESSES EVENTS IN FOCUS The biggest upcoming events in the South West calendar


Investment will turn Bristol into a leading destination D


estination Bristol is funding the development of a Business Improvement District (BID) for Bristol


city centre, which goes to ballot in July 2017. The initiative has grown from previous work with many local businesses over the last two years. The success of the management of the Bristol Broadmead BID, under Jo Hawkins, led Destination Bristol’s chief executive John Hirst to recognise the value of investing in the development of a much larger and more ambitious BID for Bristol. John said: “I am committed to delivering the


‘We hope that everyone


will get engaged with the project and cast their vote in the ballot’


best for all the city centre’s businesses and we are investing heavily in the development of this BID to ensure that Bristol has the best possible offer for all.” The BID development team is already working with more than 930 businesses covering a range of sectors from health and


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education to professional services, retail and leisure businesses to broaden Bristol city centre’s appeal. Pauline Gendre of the BID team said: “BID gives the potential to continue the positive partnerships that we’ve been building. Such work is essential to keep the city thriving, dynamic and hip.” If the ballot in July is successful, the BID will raise more than £6.25m over five years from a 1.5% levy based on Rateable Value to fund specific improvements and projects in the BID area. The BID development team has contacted businesses by


letter or email and has spoken face-to-face


with almost 450 voters. Keith Rundle the BID Development Manager


said: “The response we are getting is overwhelmingly supportive of the BID concept. “It is fantastic that so many local and


national businesses care so passionately about our city and its continued success.


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“We are keen to engage all businesses in this


project. If the ballot is successful, the levy will become mandatory for all that are within the BID criteria. We hope that everyone will get engaged with the project and cast their vote in the ballot.”


Full details of the BID can be found at www.bristolcitycentrebid.co.uk and the BID team can be contacted by email at keith.rundle@destinationbristol.co.uk or on 0117 946 2220


Image courtesy of Alys Jones


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