Businesses are urged to get involved and share their views on the future of Saffron Walden town centre.
The Saffron Walden Town Team, supported by Uttlesford District Council, is currently exploring the practicalities and benefits of setting up a Business Improvement District (BID) for Saffron Walden town centre.
The BID would aim to boost the local economy by improving the town centre experience and marketing Saffron Walden as a great place to work, live, shop and visit. More than 270 towns and cities in the UK now have a Business Improvement District (BID), including Cambridge and Newmarket.
A spokesperson for the Saffron Walden BID Steering Group, said: “A BID is a legal entity - established for five years - that invests in projects and services that the local business community has identified as having value. Typically, BIDs will focus on making the kind of practical improvements to towns and cities that will directly help local businesses to thrive. This might include anything from initiatives to increase footfall to schemes that reduce business overheads.
He continued: “Whether or not Saffron Walden eventually has a BID will be determined by local businesses themselves, via a ballot next March. We want to support local traders who are facing increasing pressure from internet shopping. The UK high street is evolving, and we believe that Saffron Walden businesses need to be intentional about working together to preserve and develop the unique character of our town centre.”
The BID Steering Group is urging businesses to get involved and share their views on how the trading environment in the town centre could be improved, by completing a short survey or attending a workshop: