Business Improvement District (BID) survey launched

Published: 19th May 2015

150518 BIDS survey launch

On Monday 18 May members of the Enniskillen Business Partnership, in conjunction with Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, launched the Enniskillen Business Improvement District survey.

The purpose of the Survey, which will be issued to all businesses within Enniskillen Town Centre, is to gather information to establish the priorities to develop Enniskillen Town Centre as a Business Improvement District (BID).

The BID Programme is an initiative which brings businesses together to identify the improvements that are needed in their area, and prioritise these. A plan is developed with estimated costs and consideration is given to the contribution by each business over a 5 year period to deliver the plan. The plan is then put to a ballot, with each business in the area being given a vote. If the ballot is successful the plan is implemented and all businesses are required by law to pay the agreed levy.

In 2014 The Enniskillen Business Partnership applied to a call from the Department of Social Development to participate in a pilot Business Improvement District (BID) programme in Northern Ireland. This application was successful and Enniskillen was selected as one of 7 districts in Northern Ireland to pilot the BID programme.

BID’s have been in operation in towns and cities across the UK and Ireland for some time and have been regarded as a very successful means of securing business-led support to fund urban regeneration. There is currently one BID in Northern Ireland, Ballymena, who have recently secured a ‘yes’ vote in their ballot in March 2015.

This initial stage of the process is to establish the priorities for the town, the enthusiasm for, and commitment to, an Enniskillen BID. Council officers will distribute the questionnaire to all applicable businesses over the coming days and would greatly appreciate if businesses could complete and return the questionnaire by 12:00 noon on Friday 12 June.

If you have any questions please contact Mrs Colleen Magee on 0300 303 1777 ex 21206 or by email: survey@fermanaghomagh.com

 

ENDS

For further information please contact Elizabeth Harkin, tel: 0300 303 1777 extn 20205 or email: Elizabeth.harkin@fermanaghomagh.com

 

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