Saffron Walden Business Improvement District Steering Group Minutes of Meeting held on Tuesday 23rd May 2017
Jim Brewin (JB) – Waitrose
Greg Smith (GS) – Hill St. Chocolates
Richard Booth (RB) – Adams Harrison
Lucy Clarke (LC) – Premier Travel
Cllr Julie Redfern (JR) – Beauty Box and UDC
Steve Cox (SC) – Premier Travel
Louise Scutt-Richter (LSR) – Saffron Walden Town Team
Emma Thomas (ET) – Saffron Walden Town Team
Linda Howells (LH) – UDC
Simon Jackson (SJ) – UDC
Welcome and Introductions
New members welcomed.
Apologies have been received from Charlotte Turner (The Temeraire).
Minutes of previous meeting and matters arising
Decisions of the previous meeting were ratified as the previous meeting had not been quorate according to the Terms of Reference.
Update on activity to date
JB presented 10 Key Lessons learned to date (attached). Noted that:
SWBID Budget to date
Noted. May need to consider paying for help.
Action: Consider budget implications (SJ)
Business Rateable Values
Information relating to the number of businesses in business rate bands (attached) was discussed. Noted that many businesses have a rateable value below £5,000 and that the cost of collecting a BID Levy would be greater than the Levy itself. A threshold of £5,000 was agreed, and that businesses with a rateable value below that level would not be required to pay a BID Levy, nor would they have a vote in the BID ballot. It was agreed that Steering Group members would target specific businesses, to be agreed when information is available.
The Garden Room is unfortunately unavailable for future meeting dates and an alternative venue will need to be found. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 13th June.