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Your ‘YES’ vote

A third term

Exciting times

After a decade of delivering successful projects and services to improve Blackburn town centre and support businesses, Blackburn BID is looking forward to the next five years.

Your YES vote means a further £1.5 million will be invested in Blackburn town centre, which will compliment and strengthen Blackburn with Darwen’s Council’s transformational investment plans for the town centre.

What your YES vote means:

  • Invest a further £1.5m in Blackburn town centre and deliver the objectives detailed in this Business Plan to benefit BID members.
  • Continue to deliver and support high quality, accessible, innovative, fun and free town centre events which attract huge numbers of visitors from the local community, regionally and nationally.
  • Deliver BID marketing and promotion campaigns for town centre businesses and the wider town centre.
  • Arrange more training or support for BID businesses with marketing, using social media and creating social media videos.
  • Continue to work in partnership to deliver projects and services which help to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the town centre.
  • Fund more projects which design out crime and ASB.
  • Provide security patrols to support businesses and ensure the safe and professional delivery of town centre events.
  • Continue to support BID members, community groups and charities to deliver environmental improvements and planting projects in Blackburn.
  • Create more town centre trails to highlight and engage people with town centre heritage, green spaces and businesses.
  • Drive regular BID members updates with news, information, guidance and support.
  • Be part of a national BID network of over 300 BIDs giving a strong national voice to lobby government on issues affecting the future of town and city centres.
  • Communicate regularly with other BIDs across the North of England to share best practice.
  • Listen and respond to the needs of Blackburn BID levy payers and the changing economic climate.
  • Provide a single point of contact for town centre issues.
  • Aim to secure external funding to enhance the value for money provided to Blackburn BID members.
  • Continue to provide the best support possible to Blackburn BID levy payers.

The vote

The vote took place via postal ballot and the results were announced on Monday 6 November 2023.

All defined businesses ratepayers with a rateable value of over £10,000 in the BID area were given the opportunity to vote during the formal ballot period.

Each ratepayer was entitled to one vote per hereditament (levy paying premises) on which a BID levy would be paid. It was possible to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf and information on how to do so was  included with the ballot information sent to you. The ballot was a confidential postal ballot managed by Civica Election Services.

 

 

What will Blackburn BID deliver in its third term?

In our recent town centre surveys of Blackburn town centre businesses, you told us which of our projects and services you value the most and which initiatives should be priorities over the next five year term.

We have used this information to develop our four key objectives for the 2024-2028 Blackburn BID term:

  • MARKETING & PROMOTING Blackburn as a vibrant town centre
  • Creating a SAFER & MORE SECURE Blackburn town centre
  • Making the town centre environment CLEANER, GREENER & MORE SUSTAINABLE
  • SUPPORTING BUSINESSES with information and advice

 

FAQa

Who is in the 2024-2028 Blackburn BID area?

There are 336 hereditaments (levy paying premises) within the Blackburn BID area for the third term. This includes the former Thwaites site which will be redeveloped as part of Blackburn with Darwen Council’s Town Centre Masterplan, and the wider Grimshaw Retail Park.

As has been the case for the first two terms of Blackburn BID, only thouse businesses with a rateable value of over £10,000 will be charged a BID levy.

How much will the BID levy be?

The BID levy will be set at 1.5% of your rateable value for non-domestic (business) rates. This is a slight increase from the 2019-2023 BID term because the 2023 Business Rates Revaluation has led to a reduction in the annual income for the BID, which means if there is no change to the BID levy, the projects and services the BID is able to deliver would be reduced.

How much will I pay?

A small business with rateable value of £10.250 would pay £153.75 per year, less than the cost of a weekly takeaway coffee.

A bigger business with a rateable value of £29,250 would pay £438.75 per year, or about three takeaway coffees a week.

The average levy will be around £923 per year, which is about £17.75 per week, or about five takeaway coffees. Just over 76% of businesses will pay less than this.

When will I have to pay?

The new five year term will commence on 1st January 2024 and the occupier (or owner if the property is empty) will be the liable party for the BID levy.

Invoices will be sent out at the beginning of February each year. If the responsibility for business rates changes during the year, no pro-rata refunds will be given and the new occupier will only be liable from the next year of the term.

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Any questions?

To check if you are included in the Blackburn BID area 2024-2028, to find out the amount of levy you will pay, or if you have any questions about Blackburn BID of the third term ballot, please contact the Blackburn BID Manager, Catherine Price at catherine.price@newground.co.uk or call 07860 952 352.

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