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    nicksey wrote:
    Daniel18 wrote:
    Nicksey & L Byrne - do you ever stop moaning??
    Let's just give the Northwich BID team a chance before condemning them to failure!
    Daniel18 - all you ever do is moan about other peoples comments without actually adding much to the discussion.
    You say just give the BID team a chance, I have no problem with any intention to bring improvements to the town, my problem is that retailers in the town are having to pay for this on top of the already excessive business rates that are paid to CWAC who provide very little in the way of value for money.
    So Daniel18 do you agree that traders should pay even more than they do already? Do you think it is right that the BID team say that a benefit of being a BID is that traders costs will be reduced when they will actually have to pay more? Is that not misleading?
    Nicksey - if you had actually read some of the comments I have put on this site you will see I have added many positive comments about the activity taking place in Northwich. It’s great to see that money is actually being investing in our town. I am looking forward to the new Memorial Court, Cinema & Barons Quay development and I think the one way system is working really well.
    With regards to the Northwich BID –There may be additional costs to business rates – but the BID may also lower costs for businesses by providing opportunities for joint procurement schemes to reduce the costs of business operations such as Gas, Water, Electricity & other utilities and services. The BID is also aiming to bring in extra customers and revenue for the local businesses.
    This process has not been forced on the businesses, they went through a fair and democratic process and the majority of business in Northwich voted for the Town to become Business Improvement District.
    Business Improvement Districts have proved extremely successful in other areas – you only have to look a Winsford Industrial Estate to see the effect they can have. The project was so successful that 92% of companies on the estate voted to extend the BID to 2016.
    Let’s just give the group a chance and we’ll see in five years’ time if the businesses in Northwich want to continue as a BID."
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Traders say 'yes' to Northwich BID and £1.25million investment

Members of the BID team celebrate their success.

Members of the BID team celebrate their success.

First published in News

MORE than £1million of extra cash will be invested in Northwich after its businesses community voted to make the town the first of its kind.

Northwich is now the first retail Business Improvement District (BID) in Cheshire.

The yes vote will release £1.25million worth of private sector led investment during the next five yeas, transforming the town into a thriving and lively shopping destination of choice.

Gaynor Sinar, chairman of the Northwich BID Steering Group, said: “This is the biggest opportunity Northwich town traders have had in 40 years, and it’s brilliant that Northwich has taken control and voted to have a say in our future.

“The ‘yes’ vote has ensured Northwich can develop in to an exciting destination for consumers, traders, businesses and residents, highlighting the exceptional quality and range of products and services our high streets have to offer, as well as showcasing our town’s extraordinary heritage, truly putting Northwich on the map.”

Clr Mike Jones, leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC), said: “I’m absolutely delighted that Northwich has given the go ahead to become the first retail BID in Cheshire.

“It is an important part of the regeneration of Northwich, to enable it to become a town that people want to visit and achieve the success it so rightly deserves.”

Groundwork Cheshire is managing the project, ensuring that the BID will deliver services that bring a real benefit to the business community.

Jane Hough, from Groundwork Cheshire, said: “Groundwork is thrilled to support the BID and work with the businesses in the town to manage this investment over the next five years.

“The project has been a rip-roaring success, and we are delighted that it has finally come to fruition.”

A number of projects are already in the pipeline to be commissioned before the BID officially begins on September 1.

Investment over the five-year span of the BID will focus on improving the marketing and profile of Northwich, developing the portfolio of events and festivals and supporting businesses to create a better connected town centre.

It will tackle crime and security in the area and create a greener and cleaner town centre for residents and traders.

For more information visit northwichbid.co.uk.

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