A business-led initiative in Stockton is holding a meeting in the town on Monday 9 November at 5.45pm in the ARC Centre to persuade businesses in the town centre to create a Business Improvement District (BID).
Stockton’s businesses are invited to attend the meeting to hear more about plans for a BID in Stockton’s town centre and to hear about BIDs already having a positive impact in Nottingham and Skipton. The main purpose of a BID for Stockton is to stimulate business and encourage more people to visit and use Stockton’s shops and services.
Jemma Radestock, manager of the town’s Marks and Spencer store is chair of the group leading the proposal to develop a BID for Stockton. The group’s membership has grown in recent months and now includes a broad range of business interests as well as Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council.
This includes Helen Simmons of Hewitt’s Solicitors who says: “Stockton must look at what other towns and cities are doing to bring people back to their high streets. BIDs are now established in over 200 towns and cities across the UK.
“Other places have clearly woken up to the need to do something to compete with out of town retail parks, large supermarkets and the internet. This is vital to the future of Stockton as a shopping and service centre. We have already reached the point where doing nothing is no longer an option!”
The development of the BID proposal for Stockton has already taken several months, including the circulation of information to raise awareness of what they are, to visit business premises and answer any queries or concerns, and the completion through the summer months of a survey to establish what the businesses consider to be the main priorities for action.
Chris Kolek, Stockton BID Co-ordinator, said: “We are holding an event on Monday evening because several of the businesses in town asked to see how BIDs actually work in other towns and to understand the reasons why they are proving to be successful.
“We have invited representatives from two experienced BIDs to tell us about their activities and to provide Stockton with any lessons to be aware of. The speakers from Nottingham and Skipton will be available for questions on the night as well as the Stockton team who will be summarising the findings of the consultations and setting out the proposal for a BID in Stockton.”
For businesses unable to make the evening meeting the Stockton team are also holding a BID Breakfast meeting at the ARC Centre on Tuesday 10 November at 7.45am where people with businesses in town will be very welcome to drop-in to see Chris and other members of the team to hear about the proposal.
Further details are available from Chris Kolek, Stockton BID Co-ordinator, on [email protected] or 07900 608085.
More information can be found at www.stocktonbid.co.uk