Businesses in Northampton town centre are being asked to vote on the future of the Business Improvement District (BID) status.
The Northampton Town Centre BID was set up in 2011, and businesses now pay an annual levy to help achieve an agreed series of priorities to help make the area a more attractive shopping destination.
A new BID business plan has been put forward for 2016 and, for it to be implemented, more than 50 per cent of business ratepayers who vote have to vote ‘yes’ in a ballot running until Thursday, October 29.
Jessica d’Aulerio, chair of the Northampton town centre BID and owner of town centre print business Tangerine Red, said: “This new BID will build on the town centre’s unique strengths, enable businesses to share in the promotion and celebration of our assets and attract new businesses to increase the town centre’s overall attractiveness as a great place to live, work and do business.
“The BID has done many things over the last four years, including investing heavily in Northampton in Bloom, cleaning, our two town centre hosts who act as ambassadors for the town centre and events such as the Music Festival.
“A new BID will build on this, it will enable the collective voice of our businesses to be heard and will ensure we can deliver projects and results that would not otherwise have happened.”