Businesses unite in Sidcup to raise town's profile
PUBLISHED: 12:59 01 December 2016 | UPDATED: 13:02 01 December 2016
More than 110 voted in favour of forming a 'BID'
Plans to bring investment and customers to Sidcup have received a boost this week.
Businesses in the town turned out to vote on the introduction of a Business Improvement District.
The formation has become a popular option for towns aiming to footfall.
“The point of Sidcup BID is to bring all the businesses in Sidcup together to improve their offer to customers and employees” explained acting chairman for Sidcup Partners, Sue Petty.
“By working together with one strong voice, businesses have the ability to make a significant and lasting change to the area.”
A total of 113 businesses voted to approve the proposal, commanding 66 per cent of the vote.
Bexley council, which has undertaken improvement works in the town centre over the previous years, encouraged the move.
Cabinet member for regeneration and growth, Linda Bailey, said: “This great result has come about following the massive amount of hardwork we’ve put into revitalising Sidcup High Street.
“The BID will be able to build on that success, having it in place will help ensure investment in Sidcup continues to grow.
“We have seen from their success in Bexleyheath and through throughout the country, BID’s offer a great opportunity to create exciting activity for shoppers and a high quality environment for businesses.”
The BID is funded by an additional small levy on eligible businesses and organisations, which will come into effect on 1 April 2017 for five years. The income will be used to fund a range of improvements in the BID zone, which extends from Sidcup High Street to the Rose Bruford College campus.