Our second term: 2019 - 2024

Ballot papers were distributed to each eligible business in early May, and voting closed on Monday 3rd June 2019 to respond.  Each eligible business property had one vote; landlords and occupiers with more than one business received one vote per eligible property.

The ballot was conducted by an independent agency and results announced on Tuesday the 4th June. Please view the official results of the count here.

Southport Christmas Light Switch On

People reached through annually BID event marketing keeping Southport’s profile high


Flowers planted annually brightening Southport


Sparkling Christmas lights decorating Southport each year

Your Vision, Our Mission: BID for the future

A YES vote to keep helping Southport

Southport BID is an independent organisation dedicated to making Southport a better place to visit, shop, socialise, work and live.

Our priorities for the new term have been reached by consultation with, and feedback from, the local businesses that form Southport BID.

During our second term, we will aim to:

  • Increase footfall and money spent in the town centre
  • Reduce the number of empty units
  • Increase the number of new businesses and jobs created
  • Increase inward investment
  • Maximise our contribution to the economic regeneration of the region
  • Shape the future of our town by influencing and making things happen

A new five year term will see Southport BID build upon the work already done, with a focus that includes the following:

Marketing and Animating
  • Expanding our close partnership with Marketing Southport to help develop bigger and more impactful campaigns for Southport
  • Developing our events to draw in bigger audiences from further afield
  • Seeking opportunities to make Southport digital with a wi-fi network, augmented reality visitor apps and loyalty cards
  • Ensuring not only that the town’s Purple Flag is maintained but that we work towards the additional Best Bar None status
  • Growing our Business Against Crime network for a safe and secure environment for all
  • Introducing newer, more innovative planting schemes and Christmas light displays to bring colour and sparkle to even more of Southport
Investing and Regenerating
  • Working in partnership to develop an ‘Invest in Southport’ initiative and website
  • Working with landlords and community groups to create innovative uses of empty properties
  • Establishing a business mentoring panel
  • Working with Sefton council to manage street trading activity
  • Developing a long term action plan for Southport with Sefton Council and other key stakeholders

Read our 2019 - 2024 Manifesto to discover more about our next five year term

Southport BID Levy and Area Updates

The BID levy is based on rateable value, which is how all BIDs across the country operate.  For the next proposed term in Southport the threshold has been raised to £7,000.  Put simply, this means any business with a rateable value of £6,999 or less will no longer be liable to pay the BID levy

Please visit the VOA website to check your current rateable value.

It is also proposed that the new BID term will include the area’s commercial sector businesses, which were not part of the 2014-2019 term.  This addition will strengthen the representation of the BID and its influence.


More detailed answers to common reballot questions can be found below. If you have any further questions or would like to know more please contact the BID team

The ballot for a new five year term for Southport BID took place in May 2019. Ballot papers were posted to all businesses eligible to vote in early May with a deadline for responding by 5pm on Monday 3rd June.

The rateable value threshold for businesses eligible to vote was raised to £7000. That means that businesses with a rateable value of £6999 and below do not have to pay the BID levy for the second term but nor were they be entitled to vote.

Each business owner received one vote irrespective of size. Business owners and landlords with several properties received one vote per property. If a property be empty at the time of the vote, the vote was passed to the landlord.

The result of the ballot was announced on Tuesday 4th June 

Yes. The full ballot process will be conducted by the Electoral Reform Service and all votes counted and verified by them to ensure the procedure is impartial and fully independent.

In order for the proposal to be successful at ballot the result needed to meet two independent criteria which are: (a) of those ballots returned by the close, those voting in favour of the proposal must have exceeded those voting against it, and (b) of those ballot papers returned by the close, the total rateable value of those properties or hereditaments which vote in favour, must have exceeded the total of those voting against.  View the result break down here.

The new BID will have three main themes:  Marketing and Animating; Attracting Investment; and Lobbying and Representation.

Marketing and animating:

We will continue to deliver events such as the Christmas lights switch-on and Halloween, provide funding support to other event organisers, install vibrant floral displays, and improve and maintain the Lord Street, Tulketh Street and Chapel Street tree lights.  We will also continue to fund marketing campaigns (in conjunction with Marketing Southport) to attract more visitors to Southport.

Attracting investment:

We will promote Southport as a business location.  We will work alongside Sefton Council to submit funding applications to attract additional grants to help improve the town centre.

Lobbying and representation:

We will provide a voice for businesses in the town centre, focusing on championing the issues that matter to Southport.

The manifesto detailing the new BID arrangements, projects, and governance arrangements and the balloting timetable will be available here soon.  The manifesto will also be sent to all eligible voters as part of the balloting process by the 6th May at the latest.

Please read our Business Plan here for full details

The new BID term will run for five years from 1st November 2019 to 31st October 2024.

Ahead of the new term start date in November, we will ask for expressions of interest from levy-payers interested in joining a new Board, with a view to appointing an interim Board of Directors to represent levy payers on 1st November 2019. For full BID governance arrangements please see our Business Plan.

All BIDs follow National Government Legislation as part of The Business Improvement Districts (England) Regulations 2004.  Details of this legislation can be found here.