Updates from Blackburn BID

Voting for a Third Term of Blackburn BID closes this Friday at 5pm

You or your nominated representative should by now have received your voting papers for a third term of Blackburn BID, and a further £1.5m investment in the BID area over 5 years.  If you haven’t completed and returned your papers yet, please do so as soon as possible.  Today is the last day to vote – voting closes at 5pm Friday 3rd Nov.  If you would like to request replacement papers please email on an email with a business signature by the end of the day.

Pumpkin Carving Workshops A Success

Sand In Your Eye delivered free pumpkin Carving Workshops on Saturday 28 October on King William Street, with roaming Halloween characters going around the town centre giving out spooky themed treats.  Over 500 people came to the workshop throughout the day, the majority coming specifically for the workshop but then going onto shop and eat in the wider town centre.  Compared with the same day last year, footfall was up on Blackburn BID’s footfall counters +33.1%, and the peak footfall in the town centre was during the workshop times.

We received fantastic feedback from everyone who came to the workshops, with one lady telling us she brings her family from Wigan to every Blackburn BID event because they are always brilliant, and she thanked everyone at the BID for providing them.  20 pumpkins were donated by Blackburn BID Member Morrisons, with the rest being supplied by Blackburn BID Member M&S.  Some of the pumpkin pulp and seeds were donated to Blackburn BID Member Nightsafe to create delicious meals for their young people this week, and the rest has gone to pig farmers.

Blackburn 10k Returns 3 December 2023

The Blackburn 10k event is returning on Sunday 3rd December 2023. Organised by RunThroughUK, the race will start at 9:30am and the event will finish by 11:00pm.  A map of the route and road closure info can be found using the links below:

Advanced warning signs will be in place 2 weeks prior to the event, warning of disruptions between 9:00am – 11:30am on the day of the run. All impacted residents will be sent a letter explaining in more detail exact timings throughout the route 4 weeks prior to the event. There will also be a residents hotline and information section on the website for impacted residents.

RunThroughUK would actively like to support any local causes with charity places and welcome any local causes to get in touch and receive free charity spots for the run.

If there are any concerns or questions about the event, please do let Chris Parr, Senior Operations Manager know so that he can answer / resolve. He can be contacted at:

Chris Parr | Senior Operations Manager | | 07903960896