SHOP keepers, café owners, accountants and night club managers have been hitting the streets in a series of action days to talk to other businesses about the £2million decision they are being asked to make this month.
Ballot papers have now been sent to hundreds of businesses across the centre of Tamworth, seeking their vote on plans to create a Business Improvement District in the area.
The postal ballot marks the culmination of more than 18 months of planning, research and campaigning by a steering group of Tamworth-based business owners and managers representing a cross section of industries.
Members of the steering group have been out and about talking to businesses in the town centre, retail parks and the Riverside leisure area in a bid to secure a ‘yes’ vote for the plans.
If successful, the BID will generate more than £2million over five years to be spent on delivering projects to achieve the vision of ‘developing Tamworth town, the retail parks and the Riverside area into a cohesive, quality destination which offers a unique retail, leisure and heritage experience with a profile that is recognised regionally and nationally and is welcoming to all’.
Rob Holder, Chair of the BID Tamworth Steering Group and manager of John Lewis Tamworth, said: “We are checking that everyone has had their ballot paper and that they are happy with the proposal and answering any last-minute questions or queries. Even Arriva buses are helping to remind people about the ballot with a BID Tamworth bus travelling around some regular bus routes. This is a really exciting opportunity for all businesses and we are encouraging them all to say YES!”
Ballot papers have to be back by 5pm on Thursday 2nd November and if it is a positive result the BID operations will start on 1st April next year.
If businesses have any questions or would like to know more about the BID and its proposal, they can visit www.bidtamworth.co.uk, where they can find a copy of the business plan which has been produced from feedback gathered from local businesses about the issues and improvements they feel would be most important.
Businesses can also email [email protected] or phone 01827 214131.