BALLOT papers have started arriving through the letterboxes of 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 group of Tamworth-based business owners and managers representing a cross section of industries.
Papers started landing on doorsteps from October 5 and businesses within the proposed BID zone have 28 days to return the paper with their yes or no vote.
If successful, the BID will generate more than £2.5million 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’.
The plans have been progressed by a group of like-minded business people who have spent several months speaking to businesses within the proposed BID area to find out how they would like the area to be improved.
All that information has been used to create a business plan which details how the money would be spent on improving the area over the next five years. This business plan was revealed at a launch event at Tamworth Castle last month and is also available online at www.bidtamworth.co.uk.
The BID proposal and business plan has four objectives which aim to promote and build awareness of the town as a whole, make it welcoming and more accessible, boost its leisure and heritage appeal and encourage investment and growth from new businesses.
Rob Holder, Chair of the BID Tamworth Steering Group, which has led the initiative, said: “Using input from businesses across the area the Steering Group has worked hard to develop a plan which we believe will make a real difference to the future of businesses in Tamworth.
“All towns and cities across the country are facing the challenges of changing lifestyles, increased mobility and increased competition from other retail destinations and commercial centres. We have a lot to shout about in Tamworth and we should be proud of our town. It is in an ideal position to promote itself nationally and internationally as a welcoming place with so much to offer visitors, its residents and businesses.
“This is a really exciting opportunity for all businesses and we are encouraging them all to vote yes.”
Members of the BID steering group will be out and about in Tamworth town centre and Ventura retail parks over the next few weeks to spread the word.
Ballot papers have to be back by 5pm on Thursday, November 2nd and if it is a positive result, BID operations will start on April 1st, 2018.
Further information is available from the BID Tamworth website www.bidtamworth.co.uk.
Businesses can also email [email protected] or phone 01827 214131.