The Retail BID, the Business Improvement District for Birmingham city centre’s retail area since 2007, are now asking its members to ‘Vote Yes’ from September 19th until 27th October 2016 to renew the company’s mandate to support the city centre from 2017 to 2022.
In 2015, visitor numbers to Birmingham grew at a faster rate than any other UK regional city and demand for new office space and development of hotels rooms is at a thirteen year high. New Street Station continues to see investment, while the opening of John Lewis and Grand Central and the relaunch of the Mailbox is reshaping perceptions of the city.
The Midland Metro is now up and running, bringing with it more customers to the retail area and with the development of HS2 now on the horizon, the city streets are seeing a resurgence in new and expanded retailers, bars, restaurants and hotels.
Retail BID will not replace council services – we firmly believe that Business Improvement Districts offer additional support and services. However the need for the Retail BID to be a strong voice to protect and influence the management of the city centre retail area is as clearer than ever.
It remains vitally important for businesses to ‘Vote Yes’ for a third term to ensure Retail BID can continue to support Members and develop our world class City Centre experience for businesses and visitors.