Support the Blackburn BID
Town centres have long been the heart of local communities and economies, but many are facing an increasing threat from internet shopping, retail parks and a decrease in consumer spending. If we want to protect the future of Blackburn town centre, we need to set out a clear vision and increase footfall by making our town centre a more attractive and exciting destination to visit.
A Business Improvement District (BID) is a business led initiative where local businesses and other stakeholders form partnerships to implement local improvements which beneﬁt their business environment. Businesses decide on the issues they want to address, the amount of funding to be raised and the services they want to implement. These must be agreed upon by a majority of ratepayers in the BID area via a ballot. The improvements are funded via a levy on the business rates, billed by the local authority. These additional funds are handed over to a business-led BID Company and used to deliver the local improvements.
The Blackburn Town Centre BID Blackburn Town Centre Partnership has identiﬁed a BID as an ideal mechanism to develop a dynamic business environment in Blackburn centre. Consultations with businesses have identiﬁed four themes which could be addressed by a Blackburn Town Centre BID: