Thank you to every business in the BID area for their support and feedback during our recent ballot.
More than 300 businesses, that’s 46% of you, cast your vote to help us secure a second term with an overwhelming 86% yes vote by number and 90% by rateable value.
Our second term will begin on1st August. In the meantime, we have been busy putting the legal arrangements in place so as to ensure continuity in our operations.
As many of you will be aware, Kevan Blackadder sadly passed away in January. Having been BID Director since 1st August 2016, it will be difficult to replace him. However, as we move forward, we are recruiting a Chief Executive. This is a new role with an opportunity to help shape the future of Cheltenham. If you or anyone you know is interested in this exciting and rewarding role, please download the job pack here.
Summer isn’t over but as a business you will know how close Christmas is. The BID continues to work on plans for the 2021 Festive Season, including a massively extended Christmas market, sparkling new lights and family friendly activities. Not forgetting our work with Cheltenham Borough Council to bring an ice rink to the town!
The BID’s friendly and knowledgeable ambassadors will be in touch with you all soon. For many of the businesses in the newly extended area, this will be a chance to meet the people who are the public face of the BID for the first time.
Our first financial period will run for eight months from 1st August 2021 to 31st March 2022. We are working with Cheltenham Borough Council, who collect the levy on our behalf, to finalise the arrangements.
The BID Board and team are looking forward to working with you.
You can find out more about our plans for the BID’s second term in our business plan here.