DISTRICT SET TO RECEIVE £3.2M BOOST AFTER BUSINESSES VOTE ‘YES’ TO CREATE UK’S FIRST AREA-WIDE BID

The country’s first ever area-wide place-shaping Business Improvement District (BID) will be created here in the district after businesses voted in favour of going ahead with the plan.

The vote now unlocks £3.2m which is earmarked for a range of exciting business-led projects and initiatives over the next five years.

The BID ballot opened four weeks ago and the final votes were counted yesterday (May 16).

Sally Gillborn, North Nottinghamshire Place Manager, said she was thrilled and delighted with the result and thanked businesses for their support. .

“A big thank you to everyone that voted YES at ballot to create the UK’s first ever area-wide BID,” She said. .

“North Notts BID is an organic advancement of the place-shaping work and success of our Envoys ambassadors scheme and will create an inclusive and collaborative place management approach for the benefit of all businesses within the Bassetlaw District.” .

Sally promised to work closely with businesses to ensure the benefits of the funding were felt across all sectors.

“Our promise is that we will ensure each area and business sector benefits from the £3.2m that the BID will attract over the next five years.”

Of those that voted an overwhelming 85.34% were in favour of the BID, with 85.13% by rateable value.

George Buchanan, North Nottinghamshire Chair, said: “It’s fantastic news – and a UK first.

“We are leading the trend for place-shaping and we have now secured a £3.2m investment over the next five years.

“At a time of uncertainty, this shows the confidence our businesses have in making North Notts the hero.

“Well done to everyone who’s worked hard to create the North Notts BID – this is the key to our future success and we can all be proud to play a part.”

The North Nottinghamshire team is now working towards finalising the BID process, which will see the initiative in place by September 1, 2017.

Pilgrim Fathers at the Hub.

During the Arts Festival we will be opening a new Mayflower Pilgrims Museum at the Hub. This is the first permanent museum to the Pilgrims and is already creating a lot of interest. We are still looking for companies to get involved, interested in sponsorship of the project. The potential for good publicity is huge. We have the Civic reception and the opening to coincide with the arts festival with 3K+ people through the Hub, we are picking up publicity from the radio with a special pin available from the Hub and word is spreading. We have already had a group of Americans through who were 'blown away' by it, and the word is spreading. Enjoy your visit.

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