Welwyn Hatfield Council pledges support for BID proposal

PUBLISHED: 15:00 11 September 2016

Bernard Sarson

Bernard Sarson

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Welwyn Hatfield Council has pledged its support to help Welwyn Garden City’s town centre become a Business Improvement District (BID).

Cabinet last week agreed to get behind the initiative, which if successful, would unlock £1.5million of investment in the town centre.

If approved, the money would be raised through an additional levy on town centre businesses, and would be invested in projects to re-energise the area for businesses, employees, shoppers and visitors.

The decision will be made by all town centre firms, at a ballot launching later this month. There are now over 220 BIDs in the UK, including Hitchin, Watford and Luton.

Councillor Bernard Sarson, executive member for business, partnerships and public health, said: “The council is committed to helping Welwyn Garden City continue to thrive and, with other nearby towns already established as BID areas, it’s important we remain competitive and attractive to business.

“We’ve heard some really interesting ideas from the business community about how they’d like to shape plans, including improving parking for employees and increasing the number of large, high-profile events.

“I hope other town centre businesses seize the opportunity and vote ‘yes’ in the ballot, so we can collectively invest in the town and drive a business-led agenda forward.”

The council agreed to hold the BID ballot between September 29 and October 27. For more information visit: http://www.wgcbid.co.uk/


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