Penge votes YES in town centre BID ballot

Penge businesses have voted for YES in the Business Improvement District ballot.

The Penge SE20 BID success follows the outcome of the 4 week ballot which saw a majority of businesses voting for the BID proposal. The total number of votes cast was 80, representing a turnout of 32%.  In total, 87% voted in favour, representing 90% of the rateable value of votes cast.

Mark Painter, of Property World and the Chair of the Penge SE20 BID Steering Group said, “We now need to grab this opportunity and make sure that Penge benefits in the way that we know it can.  This result gives us greater opportunities and already, this proposal has brought us closer together, which can only be a good thing for the future, as we look to promote Penge and all that it has to offer.”

“We are absolutely delighted for the Penge SE20 BID team, which gives an opportunity for the Penge business community to take a more active role in their management of their town.  The additional investment this proposal will create will bring a greater cohesiveness to Penge and spur further success for businesses and we look forward to continuing to work with businesses and the local community to improve Penge for the benefit of everyone” said Councillor Peter Morgan, Executive Councillor for Renewal and Recreation.

The Penge SE20 BID proposal included improved CCTV coverage, a group purchasing scheme designed to save traders money on bills, a free a point of use fly-tipping removal service for local businesses and street rangers to improve local security.

BIDs are both run and funded by local businesses. The Penge SE20 BID Team includes members representing local traders

 

Beckenham votes YES in town centre BID ballot

Beckenham businesses have voted for YES in the Business Improvement District ballot.

The ‘Beckenham Together’ BID will give Beckenham businesses a greater say in how the town centre is managed. It follows the outcome of the 4 week ballot which saw a majority of businesses voting for the BID proposal. The total number of votes cast was 112, representing a turnout of 32%. In total, 74% voted in favour, representing 76% of the rateable value of votes cast.

The interim Chairman of the Steering Group behind the BID campaign, Jackie Groundsell of the Beckenham Business Association, said, “We are delighted by the news but this is where the hard work starts. We have spent over a year speaking to local companies and traders to come up with a business plan to provide services that are designed to ensure our town centre continues to thrive. Beckenham already has much to offer and we will be looking to build on this.”

“This is excellent news for Beckenham and our congratulations go to all concerned. The council is committed to working with the Beckenham Together BID team to make sure that the town centre is as successful as it can be. There is no doubt that it is a challenging period for town centre businesses but this vote will allow for innovation to come forwards and bring further investment into the town, which will be good for business, shoppers and visitors alike” said Councillor Peter Morgan, Executive Councillor for Renewal and Recreation.

The ‘Beckenham Together’ BID team includes representatives from a range of local businesses, such as The Beckenham Bookshop, Burger and Bubbles, AAA-MiniCabs, Creases and Gallery 17, and large businesses in the town centre such as Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, The Spa, Barclays and Link Asset Services. ‘Beckenham Together’ are looking to deliver services such as a local loyalty scheme, a comprehensive place marketing offer for Beckenham, an expanded programme of events and will introduce Street Ambassadors to be the friendly face of the town centre.

Beckenham will now join the likes of Bromley and Orpington town centres who have both benefited from having successful BIDs and with neighbouring Penge BID ballot also sucessful for a BID, more businesses than ever will have the opportunity to get involved in helping to improve their local town centre.