Shops and businesses will be balloted next month on whether they want another five years of Northampton Town Centre Business Improvement District.
Members of Northampton Borough Council’s cabinet gave the go-ahead on Wednesday night for the vote to proceed.
Jessica d’Aulerio, chair of the Northampton town centre BID and owner of town centre print business Tangerine Red, said: “We are delighted to confirm that Northampton town centre BID is seeking a second five-year term and that we will inviting businesses to now vote in October for the BID’s future.
“This is a unique opportunity to build upon the work we have done and ensure that the business community plays its part in the creation of a town centre in which we can all be proud.
“To help us shape our business plan for the next five years we have conducted extensive consultation with local businesses, so this is their opportunity to shape the town centre, to get projects they feel passionately about delivered, to take their business forward and to take advantage of the BID benefits.
“By voting yes businesses are voting for the priorities and actions they have asked the BID to deliver.”
Jake Richardson, BID board director and managing director of The Richardsons Group, added: “It is essential that Northampton has both a vibrant and safe town centre if it is to attract day time and night time visitors, as well as increase footfall. We are asking businesses to vote for a plan that has been shaped by the businesses, for the businesses.
“Another five years will ensure we can continue to raise the profile and awareness of the quality and diversity of the culture and leisure economy in Northampton town centre.”
A spokeswoman for the BID said the group’s vision was ‘to develop the town centre into a quality destination with a clear identity, which provides opportunities for good quality retail niches, specialists and independents, which respects and nurtures its professional services, celebrates its attractive, diverse leisure and cultural offer, builds upon the town centre’s heritage and looks to the future’,
Stewart Wright, BID director and owner of Papa Cinos and Nuovo in Northampton town centre, said: “I am looking forward to the BID going into another term so we can build on what we have started.
“Being part of a BID means we have a strong, collective and that we are able, as a group of businesses, to work together to make a difference, get things done and to create a thriving, dynamic town centre.”
Fellow business owner Marc Butters, who co-owns Bang & Olufsen in Northampton town centre with wife Jackie, added: “We value the support the town centre BID has given us over the last few years and events such as a month long Artists Trail and the Northampton Music Festival have boosted the profile of the St Giles Quarter and given both new and existing visitors additional reasons to shop here and spend more time in the town centre.
“We look forward to another five years of BID status, which will enable us to shape Northampton town centre so that it reaches its true potential and continues to flourish further and become a destination of choice for people across the county and further afield.”
The BID ballot will commence on October 1, 2015 and there will be a formal launch of the business plan on this day. Business postal ballot papers must be returned by 5pm on Thursday October 29.