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  • Successful BID looks for second term in Sutton Coldfield

    Posted On 9 May 2016 by Sutton BID

    Following an incredible four years, the Sutton Coldfield Town Centre Business Improvement District is calling on businesses to help deliver even greater success in the future.

    The BID, which was created in 2012, will undergo a renewal ballot this summer to decide on a second term; this decision will have a major impact on the businesses, employees and shoppers in the town centre.

    Since its inception the BID has proved to be a major driving force in Sutton Coldfield, with responsibilities for infrastructure, communication and commerce, representing retail, commercial and the night-time economy.

    Through funding from its members the BID has been able to deliver a number of substantial improvements to Sutton Coldfield, including in 2015; providing the Christmas lights, ensuring the installation of a third BT fibre broadband cabinet on South Parade, and improving the appearance of the town centre through deep cleaning of paved areas and regular litter picks in the council car parks.

    Mike Bushell, BID manager, said: “The team is very proud to have represented the businesses and staff of Sutton Coldfield for the last four years. In a time where government cut-backs have seen council funded services being reduced, the BID has become a major part of delivering a better Sutton Coldfield for people and businesses.

    “From infrastructure improvements, such as broadband for offices, to retail friendly projects including the creation of the Restaurant Quarter and Sutton Nightlife brands, and being a major part of last year’s incredible Sutton Owlfield as part of the Big Hoot, the BID has become integral to the continued improvement of the town centre.

    “We now look to the businesses of Sutton Coldfield for their support in renewing the BID charter for 2017 to 2022 and allowing the BID to continue our great work. Our plans for the future include a further three new fibre broadband cabinets, covering Mitre Court, High St and Birmingham Road, the formation of a business development fund to grow town centre businesses, and creating a Sutton Coldfield Music Festival from 2017.”

    Sutton Coldfield MP, Andrew Mitchell said: “Following my meeting I am encouraged by the work our BID is carrying out and the improvements they are making to our Royal Town, not only for the local community but also for business owners and users to ensure that it thrives as it provides an essential service to everyone in the community. But there is still much more to be done on the strategic plans for our Town Centre for the future. I welcome the BID seeking a further five year term to carry on its excellent work across all business sectors in the town centre. It is very important that we have a business-led organisation leading the agenda for business improvement.”

    The BID renewal ballot will run from June 2 to June 30, with businesses voting to decide on the BID continuing for a second term of five years.

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