Process & management
We need your views on what could be done to help businesses in the town centre to thrive.
How many businesses are there in the proposed BID area?
There are around 350 businesses in the area bordered by the High Street, Church Street, Common Hill and Hill Street in Saffron Walden. All will be consulted.
I don’t want to be a part of this, so why should I be forced into it?
Businesses are free to lobby and vote as it suits them. A majority must approve. If all businesses benefit, then it’s only fair that all contribute.
I don’t trust our local county, district or town council. How do I know they won’t mess this up?
Neither the local county, district or town council will be running the Saffron Walden BID. A BID management team will be, with clear governance, checks and balances. The composition of that team - together with full details of those checks and balances - will be set-out within the BID business plan which all businesses will vote on.
Isn’t this just going to benefit shop owners/big businesses? How is this relevant to me?
The consultation process is your chance to make it relevant to your business. The plan that is ultimately adopted will be based on everyone’s feedback.
How much and how often will local businesses be consulted?
At three key stages in the set-up process: the feasibility research stage (now), planning (including business plan proposals), and ballot.
How will my business benefit from a Saffron Walden BID?
How would you like it to? What do you think Saffron Walden town centre needs to thrive? Plans will be based on everyone’s feedback. Here are some examples of how other BIDs have benefited local businesses.
How will the size of the Saffron Walden BID area be decided?
It will largely be decided based on feedback from local businesses i.e. the feasibility study. In Saffron Walden the area bordered by the High Street, Church Street, Common Hill and Hill Street forms a ‘natural’ rectangle encompassing a lot of similar types of business (SME’s and retailers), which are likely to have broadly similar priorities. But if it is widely felt that local businesses would benefit by extending the area to include more of the High Street, for example, then this will be taken into consideration. The final boundaries must be agreed as part of the full BID proposal, on which all affected businesses will have the opportunity to vote.
Who is developing the BID?
The Saffron Walden BID is being led by Saffron Walden Town team, supported by Uttlesford District Council.
How long does a BID take to develop?
Usually around 12-18 months.
Who will manage the BID once it has been set-up?
That depends on the results of the feasibility study, the feedback received and the final business plan. The composition of the management team – together with full details of how they will operate – will be set-out in the BID business plan which all businesses get to vote on.
Isn’t a BID just ‘jobs for the boys’ then?
There are strict industry criteria and guidance rules on how to run a BID. Everything needs to be open and transparent. Accreditations exist to also help businesses be sure they have a well-run and managed BID.
How does the ballot work?
All businesses within the BID area get 28 days to vote via postal ballot. The ballot has a ‘dual key mechanism’. This means that more than 50% must vote ‘Yes’ AND those that vote ‘Yes’ must collectively represent a greater total rateable value than those that vote ‘No’.
Why haven’t I seen more information about the BID process?
We hope you’ll find answers to most questions right here, but if you still want more please visit the official British BIDs website and these resources. In addition, check local press and this website for details of a series of town hall meetings we have planned, or sign up to receive the regular Saffron Walden BID news, or contact us direct with your questions.
Can I mention the BID on my website and other marketing communications?
Yes, please do. But you cannot speak for the Town Team. Please refer all Town Team matters to Emma Thomas, Linda Howell or Neil Gregory.
How will a Saffron Walden BID operate alongside the Saffron Walden Neighbourhood Plan?
The Saffron Walden will work closely with the emerging neighbourhood plan for the benefit of all stakeholders.