Business plan

Southend BID publishes five-year business plan for the city

The BOSSES have supported Southend’s Business Improvement District to continue for five years, after successfully making the town a ‘more vibrant place’ and helping run a host of campaigns and activities including bonfires spectacular fireworks.

Southend BID is nearing the end of his second term in Southend, with a ballot taking place among businesses in October and November to decide whether he will have another five years in the city.

The organization – which is behind Southend Rangers, the switching of Christmas lights and the annual seaside fireworks – provides support to traders who in turn pay a fee in a pot which is used to hold events and advance improvements in the town center.

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Some Southend traders have already pledged their support for BID ahead of the poll.

Janneman Britz, General Manager of Park Inn, said, “The BID makes our downtown more vibrant.

“Their campaigns and activities bring Southend to life, connect us to the community and provide opportunities to bring our business to the public.

“It’s great to have their support.”

Steve Ackroyd, Director of Metro Bank, added: “The IDB has delivered so much and there is still more to come.

“I am delighted that the BID is able to deliver with a focus on community and sustainability.”

Joe Barnes, Store Manager at Boots at the Royals, added: ‘The BID and the Street Rangers are an invaluable asset to our town, working in conjunction with all town center agencies and businesses to ensure Southend is a place safe and pleasant for all visitors.

“I look forward to continuing to build a great network of people within the BID to make Southend even better.”

Ahead of the vote, BID outlined its plan for the next five years, which will include supporting citywide campaigns, putting up seasonal decorations and providing street guards to patrol the streets and protect businesses.

Mark Bartrip, Chairman of Southend BID, said: “To say this is an exciting time for Southend would be an understatement. With city status granted, there is enormous potential for economic and cultural benefits, generating income and opportunity.