Traders say 'yes' to Northwich BID and £1.25million investment

Northwich Guardian: Members of the BID team celebrate their success. Members of the BID team celebrate their success.

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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3:33pm Mon 9 Jun 14

nicksey says...

I wish that I had faith in this project but I just wonder whether it is actually final nail in the coffin for Northwich. Don't get me wrong I love our town and want to see it thrive and prosper BUT
1. We all know that CWAC don't take any notice of the residents and businesses in Northwich, nor do they take any notice of the town council and other local councils. Just look at the gyratory, the Town council said no, CWAC said yes. Why would this scheme make any difference, CWAC will still overrule anything that they don't like.
2. Businesses currently pay excessive business rates to CWAC to provide services and maintain the town centre,
3. One of the BID scheme's selling points to traders was 'Reduced Costs', yet the first thing that the BID does is make a compulsory charge to the towns traders on top of the business rates. Rates that they struggle to afford as it is. Won't this just result in more empty shops?
Sorry Gaynor, but I fear that you have got it all wrong and made a huge mistake in pushing this through
I wish that I had faith in this project but I just wonder whether it is actually final nail in the coffin for Northwich. Don't get me wrong I love our town and want to see it thrive and prosper BUT 1. We all know that CWAC don't take any notice of the residents and businesses in Northwich, nor do they take any notice of the town council and other local councils. Just look at the gyratory, the Town council said no, CWAC said yes. Why would this scheme make any difference, CWAC will still overrule anything that they don't like. 2. Businesses currently pay excessive business rates to CWAC to provide services and maintain the town centre, 3. One of the BID scheme's selling points to traders was 'Reduced Costs', yet the first thing that the BID does is make a compulsory charge to the towns traders on top of the business rates. Rates that they struggle to afford as it is. Won't this just result in more empty shops? Sorry Gaynor, but I fear that you have got it all wrong and made a huge mistake in pushing this through nicksey
  • Score: 2

3:39pm Mon 9 Jun 14

nicksey says...

Just a note to the Guardian...that photo is not 'Members of the BID team celebrating their success' it is the same picture you used last month with the title "Supporters of Northwich BID celebrate the launch of the vote."
There seems to be more and more of this lazy editorial attitude from the Guardian recently. If you are going to reuse and recycle pictures then at least be honest about it!
Just a note to the Guardian...that photo is not 'Members of the BID team celebrating their success' it is the same picture you used last month with the title "Supporters of Northwich BID celebrate the launch of the vote." There seems to be more and more of this lazy editorial attitude from the Guardian recently. If you are going to reuse and recycle pictures then at least be honest about it! nicksey
  • Score: 3

4:52pm Mon 9 Jun 14

L Byrne says...

Typical waffle from Mike Jones. Of course he is "delighted" because he has participated in handing over an important civic responsibility, for the development of a town centre that meets the social and cultural needs of the residents of the area, to a bunch of shopkeepers. Privatised it, in fact.

One cannot blame Gaynor Sinar and her colleagues for trying it on but it is reprehensible for CWAC Council and, apparently, Northwich Town Council to opt out of their duty to look after the interests of all groups in the community including the elderly and children, by succumbing to a slick marketing campaign by BID supporters. That is not what they were elected to do.

The development of Northwich Town Centre, our town centre, is far too important to leave to the traders alone.

On a specific point, it would be interesting to know how much of the £1.5million will be spent on consultancy fees .
Typical waffle from Mike Jones. Of course he is "delighted" because he has participated in handing over an important civic responsibility, for the development of a town centre that meets the social and cultural needs of the residents of the area, to a bunch of shopkeepers. Privatised it, in fact. One cannot blame Gaynor Sinar and her colleagues for trying it on but it is reprehensible for CWAC Council and, apparently, Northwich Town Council to opt out of their duty to look after the interests of all groups in the community including the elderly and children, by succumbing to a slick marketing campaign by BID supporters. That is not what they were elected to do. The development of Northwich Town Centre, our town centre, is far too important to leave to the traders alone. On a specific point, it would be interesting to know how much of the £1.5million will be spent on consultancy fees . L Byrne
  • Score: 4

6:52pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Daniel18 says...

Nicksey & L Byrne - do you ever stop moaning??
Let's just give the Northwich BID team a chance before condemning them to failure!
Nicksey & L Byrne - do you ever stop moaning?? Let's just give the Northwich BID team a chance before condemning them to failure! Daniel18
  • Score: 1

10:11pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Sue Statham says...

This is a lot of money and, if spent wisely, could do much to help Northwich. If the aim is to create a greener and cleaner town, may I suggest that some of this money be spent on sorting out the disgusting smell of the drains in Witton Street? Let's deal with this on-going problem, unless of course this is what is being referred to as "showcasing our town's extraordinary heritage".
Back to basics !!
This is a lot of money and, if spent wisely, could do much to help Northwich. If the aim is to create a greener and cleaner town, may I suggest that some of this money be spent on sorting out the disgusting smell of the drains in Witton Street? Let's deal with this on-going problem, unless of course this is what is being referred to as "showcasing our town's extraordinary heritage". Back to basics !! Sue Statham
  • Score: 3

11:21pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Cymo says...

Good luck to the businesses and the BID. The councils signally failed with the town centre, letting it be bought up by a bunch of absentee southern landlords who were only interested in their profit, not the sucess of the town.
Good luck to the businesses and the BID. The councils signally failed with the town centre, letting it be bought up by a bunch of absentee southern landlords who were only interested in their profit, not the sucess of the town. Cymo
  • Score: 4

6:03am Tue 10 Jun 14

nicksey says...

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?
[quote][p][bold]Daniel18[/bold] wrote: Nicksey & L Byrne - do you ever stop moaning?? Let's just give the Northwich BID team a chance before condemning them to failure![/p][/quote]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
  • Score: -2

9:04am Tue 10 Jun 14

MrT1976 says...

I think we should wait and see before casting aspersions, this could be brilliant yet but we just don't know. Lets give it a chance before shooting it down.
I think we should wait and see before casting aspersions, this could be brilliant yet but we just don't know. Lets give it a chance before shooting it down. MrT1976
  • Score: 7

10:54am Tue 10 Jun 14

L Byrne says...

Sue Statham wrote:
This is a lot of money and, if spent wisely, could do much to help Northwich. If the aim is to create a greener and cleaner town, may I suggest that some of this money be spent on sorting out the disgusting smell of the drains in Witton Street? Let's deal with this on-going problem, unless of course this is what is being referred to as "showcasing our town's extraordinary heritage".
Back to basics !!
Hi Sue

It is clear that the output of the £1.25million claimed 'investment' will be a string of 'strategic' reports, recommendations, presentations and the usual PR guff all produced at great cost by clever and expensive consultants. Not a penny of it will be spent on a new rubbish bin ; never mind on removing the stink in Witton Street and bringing the sewage system there up to modern standards.

To be fair, the money is going to come from the traders and they call the shots on what the money is spent on.

Getting rid of the smell is the responsibility of Cllr Jones and his mates on CWAC Council. They should get on with it.
[quote][p][bold]Sue Statham[/bold] wrote: This is a lot of money and, if spent wisely, could do much to help Northwich. If the aim is to create a greener and cleaner town, may I suggest that some of this money be spent on sorting out the disgusting smell of the drains in Witton Street? Let's deal with this on-going problem, unless of course this is what is being referred to as "showcasing our town's extraordinary heritage". Back to basics !![/p][/quote]Hi Sue It is clear that the output of the £1.25million claimed 'investment' will be a string of 'strategic' reports, recommendations, presentations and the usual PR guff all produced at great cost by clever and expensive consultants. Not a penny of it will be spent on a new rubbish bin ; never mind on removing the stink in Witton Street and bringing the sewage system there up to modern standards. To be fair, the money is going to come from the traders and they call the shots on what the money is spent on. Getting rid of the smell is the responsibility of Cllr Jones and his mates on CWAC Council. They should get on with it. L Byrne
  • Score: 1

7:06pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Daniel18 says...

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.
[quote][p][bold]nicksey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Daniel18[/bold] wrote: Nicksey & L Byrne - do you ever stop moaning?? Let's just give the Northwich BID team a chance before condemning them to failure![/p][/quote]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?[/p][/quote]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. Daniel18
  • Score: 3

12:43pm Thu 12 Jun 14

nicksey says...

Daniel18 wrote:
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.
Daniel18 - the point is that anyone is entitled to have an opinion and state that opinion on here without being told to stop moaning. You are allowed to have your opinion so why can't I have mine without you making unnecessary and unhelpful comments. All you have to do is to state your opinion and be respectful of the comments and opinions of others. That's all.
[quote][p][bold]Daniel18[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nicksey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Daniel18[/bold] wrote: Nicksey & L Byrne - do you ever stop moaning?? Let's just give the Northwich BID team a chance before condemning them to failure![/p][/quote]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?[/p][/quote]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.[/p][/quote]Daniel18 - the point is that anyone is entitled to have an opinion and state that opinion on here without being told to stop moaning. You are allowed to have your opinion so why can't I have mine without you making unnecessary and unhelpful comments. All you have to do is to state your opinion and be respectful of the comments and opinions of others. That's all. nicksey
  • Score: -3

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