Economy

Successful BID for Birmingham Jewellery Quarter

A BID is defined as a precise geographical area in which businesses invest collectively in local improvements and additional services.

Over 600 local businesses were asked to vote to support the initiative, which will see companies with premises with a rateable value of £10,000 and above pay an annual levy of two per cent to fund additional investment for the benefit of the whole area.

The BID received an encouraging 45 per cent turnout of voters, with 80 per cent of those businesses voting ‘yes’. It is estimated that the BID levy will bring in an estimated £2 million over its five-year lifespan and could be expected to lever in a similar amount from other resources.

The Birmingham Jewellery Quarter BID was promoted by the Jewellery Quarter Development Trust (JQDT), in partnership with Birmingham City Council, and chaired by David Mahony, managing director of PCPT Architects in Spencer Street, Birmingham.

David said: “This is a very positive day for businesses in the Quarter. With the establishment of the BID, we will now be able to deliver a whole range of enhancements to the area that will improve the experience of those who work and visit here and also unlock the Jewellery Quarter’s ability to attract more investment, employment and visitors.

“The resounding result in favour also demonstrates that businesses understand the real difference that a BID can make to an area.”

The Jewellery Quarter BID, which officially begins life in October 2012, will now be governed by business levy payers and supported by a full time BID manager, who will be appointed shortly.

The aim of the BID is to help improve the Quarter, providing a welcoming environment for visitors, clean and safer streets, improving marketing to increase footfall and inward investment, and improving connectivity to the city centre.

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