Letchworth BID to be discussed tomorrow by council members

Cabinet members will discuss the Letchworth BID tomorrow

Cabinet members will discuss the Letchworth BID tomorrow - Credit: Archant

LETCHWORTH could be a step closer to adopting a business improvement district plan tomorrow.

Members of North Herts District Council’s Cabinet will meet tomorrow (Tuesday) to discuss the Business Improvement District (BID) plan for companies in the town.

The BID steering group has completed a final business plan, which has been sent to the district council’s Cabinet for ratifying. If this is passed by members, the plan will be tested within the business community.

Business owners will then receive a copy, with a launch event taking place soon after.

The final go-ahead will be given by businesses, who will be asked to vote on the plan.

Town centre manager Lee Boswell said: “We have worked very hard in ensuring the business proposal reflects the businesses from the wider community.

“We hope that this draft receives ratification from Cabinet. And we hope that each individual business in the town will make their own decisions when it comes to the vote.”

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Businesses would contribute to a fund which, over a five-year period through to 2018, would be used to pay for projects and services to improve trade.

The money would also help fund a marketing campaign to reach out to people outside the town, provide a platform for businesses to deliver offers via a website, and sort out parking issues.

Workshops and online support to help raise business performance, targeting topics such as customer service, budgeting and accounts would be ran by the BID.

If the proposal gains enough support the ballot will be held between September 16 and October 29.