City businesses can vote on plan to set up York BID

City of York Council’s Executive are supporting the proposed Business Improvement District after a vote offering businesses the chance to have their say on York’s City Centre.

City Centre businesses are able to vote by post, or at a ballot box in West Offices until Thursday 26th November to decide whether they would like to form a Business Improvement District. The initiative, led by City Team York, would see businesses in the city centre area within the inner ring road come together to form a BID company to decide how they pool resources to benefit the local economy.

The proposed Business Improvement District will raise over £800,000 by collecting a levy which will be invested in York’s city centre. How this funding is spent will be decided by the Business Improvement District board and will focus on areas impacting the city centre including; tackling anti social behaviour, improving the cleanliness of the city centre and providing business and procurement support for city centre businesses.

Councillor Chris Steward, Leader of City of York Council: “As a council we are delighted to support this ballot offering businesses the chance to have their say on the future of York’s city centre. We are keen to support businesses and work with them, which is a key part of the BID plans put forward.  The York BID looks to increase investment and a focus on key areas to improve the city centre and we are happy to support this.”

Cllr Keith Aspden, Deputy Leader of City of York Council with responsibility for Economic Development says: “These proposals look to offer businesses more of a say and the ability to decide how they might use their resources to benefit local businesses and the city’s economy. We support the Business Improvement District, as it is important that as a council we look to help local businesses thrive, ensure everyone enjoys York’s unique heritage and make our city centre a better place to visit and shop.”

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