Thanks to all of you who came and joined in the conversation at our first Open Meeting. About 20 BID members were there, including representatives from; business services, cafes, independent retailers, nationals as well as from Town and District Councils. We outlined progress with the BID Co set up, introduced some of the to-be directors on the BID Board, and shared ideas for BID activity to promote the town and businesses in the run up to Christmas.
What follows is a bit more detail on each point and an opportunity to drop us a line with your thoughts and feedback on the main points. The ideas outlined in the Business Plan just scratch the surface. This Business Improvement District is for the benefit of all its members and our town. You will have tonnes of ideas for ways to improve things. Please share your them via email or have a chat when members of the team pop 'round in the coming weeks.
BID Co set up
We have written the Memorandum and Articles and are getting Saffron Walden BID Ltd registered at Companies House. It is a not-for-profit company, so its one that is limited by guarantee. The Board of Directors for this year mostly include members of the Steering Group who have worked on the BID until now, with a few additions. The full list will be announced very soon when the Company has been formed. All Directors donate their time. They are not paid positions. The Board will meet monthly to begin with. Initially the Members consist of all levy payers with the right to vote at general meetings. Please email us if you'd like more detail on this.
Ideas shared for BID activity for the next few months
We are excited to have been given the democratic mandate to work together so we can better realise the potential for Saffron Walden’s businesses with this major investment over the next five years. I have no doubt the BID will make a real difference in our town and help businesses to thrive. Working together is the way forward.