A Business Improvement District (BID) is a local, democratically elected organisation that focuses on delivering specific initiatives agreed on by businesses in a defined geographical local area and run for five years.
In July 2018, town centre businesses in Saffron Walden voted yes to a BID for our town.
The BID district includes 340 businesses within the boundary of the High Street, Church Street, Common Hill, Elm Grove and Gold Street. Within this area there are 278 BID levy-paying businesses.
As outlined in the Business Plan, the Saffron Walden BID will be funded by a levy on each businesses property to be paid annually, starting in September 2018.
The levy will be collected by UDC on behalf of the BID company, and will raise about £90k each year. It will be spent exclusively to deliver the projects identified by BID Businesses and managed by the BID Board. The BID will seek to attract additional funding through sponsorship and grants.
I am glad to be involved with the BID and to represent disabled people’s interests and ensure Saffron Walden is a place where people with disabilities are comfortable and safe to visit and shop.