Liverpool BID gets further five years

Simon Donohue

Liverpool's City Central Business Improvement District will continue to operate for a further five years following a ballot of members.

Members voted 68.4% in favour of keeping the BID in operation until November 2018.

City Central BID, which is supported by Liverpool City Council, will now also develop strategies for animating vacant units and lighting up of key locations and most crucially, will negotiate a new, independently monitored cleansing regime with flexibility to target hot spots.

The business plan was put together through a series of consultations, conversations and debates with BID members and stakeholders over the past 18 months. It aims to benefit businesses and their trading environment within the Business Improvement District.

Ian Ward, chairman of City Central BID, which represents more than 631 businesses in the retail heart of Liverpool city centre, said: "This is a stunning result.

"This yes vote is not just brilliant news for our businesses but for visitors and for our partners in Liverpool because we have great plans to further improve the way the city centre functions over the next 5 years.

"There are some big challenges ahead but we can now face them with the confidence that we have such amazing support."

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