WESTON BID

Supporting Weston Businesses

Welcome to the new home of Weston BID. Here you will find information about the last 10 years of our Business Improvement District (BID) in Weston and information about the renewal process for a third term of a BID.

We are committed to working together with partners involved in the SuperWeston placemaking initiative to make our town a great place to live work and visit.

We have a lot of information to share from over the years and we will be updating our new page here over the coming weeks. If you’d like to know more in the meantime, hop on over to www.westonbid.co.uk

WESTON BID THIRD TERM 2022-2027

Renewal Ballot

Weston BID will come to the end of its current term on 31st March 2022.

Since 2012, Weston BID has delivered projects and services that businesses identified as priorities and has continued to do so Since 2012, Weston BID has delivered projects and services that businesses identified as priorities and has continued to do so throughout the pandemic, a challenging time for us all. Weston BID would like to thank all businesses and other partners in the town for the time and support they have given over the past five years which have enabled these initiatives to be successfully delivered.

In July, Weston BID consulted widely with circa 450 businesses in the town and with head offices addresses where appropriate. 40% of those businesses engaged in the consultation through relaying their feedback in person or by completing the third term questionnaire.  Encouragingly, 78% of survey respondents said they supported a third term and would vote ‘yes’.

Under BID legislation, Weston BID can renew for a further five years from 2022 – 2027 subject to a new business plan being published and a ballot being held. Our third term business plan has been shaped by the views of our levy paying businesses and can be found here. All eligible levy payers within the BID boundary will receive a hard copy or virtual copy during October 2021.

The Notice of Ballot will be issued on 25th October 2021 with ballot papers arriving on or around 9th November 2021 for the 28 day postal ballot.

All votes need to be received by CIVICA, the independent organisation appointed to run the ballot on North Somerset Council’s behalf, on or before Thursday 9th December 2021 at 5pm.

Please read through the Business Plan, taking note of what’s new for BID 3, how Weston BID intends to work in partnership and their vision, aims and objectives, all informed by our business community.

We hope businesses will be minded to vote YES to Weston BID being renewed for a third term. This will enable businesses to work together to ensure our town remains safe, vibrant, attractive and accessible.

Please remember, a ‘No’ vote will mean that all the town’s project and services currently delivered as well as those proposed in our business plan will end and it is unlikely that any other organisation will pick up the shortfall.

If you do have any questions about the BID do get in touch with Steve Townsend, Town Centre Manager & BID Manager – steve.townsend@wsmtcp.co.uk

WESTON BID consultation questionnaire

Weston BID Baselines

Baseline – Services provided by statutory organisations within Weston that have a correlation to the projects that the BID will deliver have been documented.  The purpose of this it to ensure that Weston BID is adding value to current service provision and supporting businesses rather than replacing or duplicating existing services.

An agreement in principle, subject to a successful ‘yes’ vote, has been reached with North Somerset Council and Weston Town Council that these baselines will be reviewed each year and issues reported as and when they occur.  

To view the Baseline Agreements please click here

WESTON BID THIRD TERM 2022-2027

Timeline

March 2021 – Early survey to gather initial views and feedback and to make sure we have the correct contact information for you.

May 2021 – Wider consultation taking on board early feedback and sent to all 450 levy paying businesses.

July – August 2021 – Consultation results analysed and business plan written and designed for the third term of Weston BID.

September 2021 – Formal letter to North Somerset District Council to hold ballot.

October 2021 – Business plan available to all levy payers.

October 2021 – Notice of ballot published by 27th October 2021.

November 2021 – Ballot papers sent out by 8th November 2021 signifying start of 28-day postal ballot.

December 2021 – Close of ballot Thursday 9th December 2021 at 5pm with result notified on 10th December 2021.

1st April 2022 – If the vote is successful, the third term of Weston BID begins.

NEWS AND EVENTS

WESTON BID ‘SUPER SUPPORT’ GRANT

In the summer, BID launched a new grant scheme with a total of £10,000 available to support businesses within the BID boundary to reopen and recover from the pandemic.

All levy payers within the BID area of Weston are eligible to apply for a ‘Super Support’ grant of up to £500, or a collective of businesses can work together to apply for a larger grant.

Several grants have already been awarded, so funds are limited. However, applications are still welcome using a simple form from the BID team, or downloaded via the website.

The simple application form, with criteria and contact details, is available to download here: Weston BID ‘Super Support’ Grant

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