Supporting and Representing
Southport needs a strong single private sector voice to represent the businesses and as a BID we provide this.
Influencing and Representing
As a BID we collectively represent the views of over 900 businesses across the BID area. We make sure that this very powerful collective voice is used to influence what goes on in our town at all levels of Government.
We successfully lobbied Sefton Council over several months over the removal of the half hour parking option. This June the option was brought back after a lengthy analysis of parking data since the change in parking charges along with anecdotal evidence of its impact with the council. This was done as a direct result of the concerns of levy payers.
As a BID we work hard to ensure your objections, concerns and issues are raised and the relevant stakeholders held to account when necessary.
So far we have successfully –
- Objected to HMO applications
- Pursued and progressing a ban on selling on the pavement along Lord Street
- Successfully raised objections to loading bay space in London Street and had it moved
- Worked closely with Police to increase patrols following increased vandalism
- Dealt with over 100 calls in 2016 alone regarding fly tipping, vandalism, un-emptied council bins and more
- Lobbied the Council, landlords and shop keepers for better veranda maintenance and repairs
Evidence from around the UK shows that investors and funding bodies are attracted to areas where BIDs operate. We’ve capitalised on this by commissioning an investment prospectus designed to attract new investment and development in the town centre.
Working with property agents and commercial property specialists GVA, the prospectus has been complied to sell the benefits of investing and doing business in Southport.
The prospectus was published in early 2017 and is being updated for 2018 and will be sent to property agents and other key decision makers responsible for making investment decisions on behalf of their clients. We’ll also be targeting the high quality brands that complement our existing retail and leisure offer.
The BID has worked in partnership to apply for several sources of external public funding. In 2016 we applied for the Coastal Communities Fund and we have match-funded an application to the Lottery Heritage Funding scheme which has passed stage 1. If successful, this grant will bring in over £3 million to be spent on the restoration of heritage features and sites within the town centre. The BID will lead this process through consultation with levy payers and stakeholders.
Investment and partnerships
Healthy High Streets
Following a successful application by the BID, in partnership with Boots, Wilko and Marks & Spencer, Southport was accepted onto the Healthy High Street scheme in 2016
Run by the Business in the Community branch of the Prince’s Trust, the scheme aims to bring high street multiples into productive partnerships for the good of the high streets they trade in. By working together, businesses and town centre management can share resources, knowledge, ideas and work together to really change the towns they operate in for the good of all.
One of the big advantages of Business Improvement Districts is their collective buying power. At Southport BID we’ve used this buying power to negotiate a range of money-saving benefits that could help to take away the stress and strain of running a business as well as improving your profitability.
We believe that the current range of business support services come close to matching the needs of most businesses. But if you think that we’ve missed something out or if you’re a supplier and believe you can offer BID levy payers a great deal then please get in contact.
Some of our services are free whilst others will incur a small charge (at below comparable market rates). To access any or all of them please contact us