Ballot papers are being sent to businesses in Halifax town centre for them to vote on the future plans for a Business Improvement District (BID).
If successful the businesses will generate around £2.5 million over five years to be spent on delivering projects to achieve the vision of ‘developing the Halifax town centre into a quality destination and a great place for business, leisure and culture with a profile which is recognised regionally and nationally, for being, family friendly, welcoming and inclusive to all and which builds upon its heritage and looks to the future.’
Leigh-Anne Stradeski, CEO of the Eureka Children’s Museum and Co-Chair of the Marketing Halifax’s BID Steering Group which has led this initiative said: “Using input from businesses across the town centre, the steering group, has worked hard to develop a plan which we believe will make a real difference to the future of the businesses in Halifax.”
The BID Proposal and Business Plan has four objectives which aim to promote and build awareness of the town, make it cleaner and more attractive, make it welcoming and accessible and encourage growth and investment from new businesses.
“All towns and cities across the country are facing the challenges of changing lifestyles, increased mobility and increased competition from other retail destinations and commercial centres,” said Leigh-Anne.
“Halifax is hidden from view but we have a lot to shout about and we should be proud of our town. It is in an ideal position to promote itself nationally and internationally as a special and welcoming place with so much to offer, visitors, its residents and business. This is a really exciting opportunity for all businesses and we are encouraging them all to vote ‘YES’.
The ballot papers have to be back by 5pm Thursday October 27 and if it is a positive result the BID operations will start on the April 1 next year.