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



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





The Renewal Process

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 throughout the pandemic, a challenging time for us all.

Under BID legislation, the BID can be renewed for a further five years from April 2022 – March 2027 subject to a new business plan being published and a ballot being held.

To start the process of consulting with our businesses, we invite you to take part in our survey to find out what you feel about Weston BID, its achievements to date and what you think are the priorities for the future. We really want to help deliver the things that will be important to you as we recover from such a difficult year.

We will use the results to shape our business proposals so please let us know your priorities for our town, any possible projects or new ideas and where you feel your levy could be best targeted to generate the greatest value for the continued success of Weston for the next five years. Our vision for the next five years is very much about working with you and our partners to make Weston ‘super’ – a great place to work, live and visit.

We understand how busy you are, so the survey has been designed to take no longer than 10 minutes to complete, but there are opportunities for you to expand on comments and provide us with vital feedback. To download a hard copy of the survey together with information on what Weston BID has achieved and feedback from businesses so far, please click here.

To take part in the survey go to https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/Weston3rdTermSurvey/

If you would prefer to give your feedback via email or verbally, please contact Steve Townsend via steve.townsend@wsmtcp.co.uk


  • March 2021 – Early survey to gather initial views and feedback and to make sure we have the correct contact information for you.
  • June – July 2021 – Wider consultation taking on board early feedback and sent to all 450 levy paying businesses.
  • 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 10th 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.


“I am delighted with the combined achievements so far between North Somerset Council and the Weston BID. Over the last 10 years both organisations have worked together to secure significant investment in the town as a result of having a BID.

I fully support the renewal of the BID later this year to ensure, with the involvement of other key partners such as the Town Council and the business community, we can work together to fully maximise the opportunities we all now have within ‘SuperWeston’ – our ambitious placemaking initiative to re-imagine and repurpose Weston-super-Mare to become a thriving place to live, work and visit.”

Alex Hearn, Assistant Director – Placemaking and Growth – North Somerset Council

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