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Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) are an opportunity for businesses to coordinate investment in their area in a way that improves it as a place to do business.

BIDs are business-led and business-funded, not-for-profit organisations working in a defined area, set up by a ballot of businesses.

There are currently more than 300 BIDs operating across the UK, including in Colchester, Cambridge and Norwich, some of which have been around with support from local businesses for over 10 years. BIDs create significant sums of investment across the UK and put it in the hands of locally situated businesses. BIDs’ strong governance structure and income stream also make it easier to attract external and match funding.

KEY BENEFITS OF A BID:

  • An opportunity for businesses to make decisions about improvements in their area
  • Giving businesses a strong voice in discussions about the future of their city
  • A robust vehicle for implementing projects
  • 5-year funding stream and staff resourcing for projects that businesses want to run
  • Transparent operations and the opportunity to get involved further in a BID mean that you can be sure about where your money is being spent
  • Strong governance helps to attract external funding in addition to the funding raised through the BID levy

BID Management Team

Sara Tupper

Sara Tupper

Deputy BID Manager

Board of Directors

Nick Halle

Nick Halle

Publink Chairperson / Court Yard

Sean Manley

Sean Manley

Toni & Guy Franchisee

CLLR John Spence

CLLR John Spence

Essex County Council

Sue Patel

Sue Patel

The Meadows

Perminder Birk

Perminder Birk

Another Level Medispa

CLLR Simon Goldman

CLLR Simon Goldman

Chelmsford City Council

Graham Wyatt

Graham Wyatt

James Hallam

James Sharp

James Sharp

County Hotel

Vinnie Noy

Vinnie Noy

COTE Manager Chelmsford

Vacant

Rebecca Hughes

Executive Director of the Chelmsford Development Trust

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