2019 – 2024 Southport BID Ballot

During May 2019 a ballot will be held to decide whether Southport BID continues for a second five year term, 2019 - 2024.

Ballot papers will be distributed to each eligible business by early May, who will have until 5pm on Monday 3rd June 2019 to respond.  Each eligible business property has one vote; landlords and occupiers with more than one business will receive one vote per eligible property.

The ballot will be conducted by an independent agency and results announced on Tuesday the 4th June, or as soon as possible thereafter.

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The first Five Years

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

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Flowers planted annually brightening Southport

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Sparkling Christmas lights decorating Southport each year

Your Vision, Our Mission: BID for the future

Vote YES to 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.

With a ‘YES’ vote, 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 the ballot.

Key Ballot Dates

Notice of Ballot published – 22nd April 2019 

Formal notice will be sent to each eligible business on or around 22nd April by post

Ballot papers dispatched – 6th May 2019

These will be sent direct to eligible businesses by post and will include a copy of the Business Plan for 2019 – 2024

Close of Ballot  – 3rd June 2019 

Only votes received by post on this date will count as part of the BID ballot

Ballot result published – 4th June 2019

The results will be independently counted and announced on this date or as soon as possible thereafter

Southport BID Levy 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. This also means that, under the new system, because they are not paying the levy, these businesses wouldn’t be able to vote.

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.

FAQ's

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 will take place in May 2019. Ballot papers will be 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 has been raised to £7000. That means that businesses with a rateable value of £6999 and below will not have to pay the BID levy if the ballot is successful but nor will they be entitled to vote.

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

The result of the ballot will be announced Tuesday 4th June or as soon as possible thereafter

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 will need to meet two independent criteria which are: (a) of those ballots returned by the close, those voting in favour of the proposal must exceed 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 exceed the total of those voting against.

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 would run for five years from 1st November 2019 to 31st October 2024.

Should the BID ballot be successful, we would ask for expressions of interest from levy-payers interested in joining a new Board. We would do this during summer 2019 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.