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Businesses in bid to make life better

COMPANIES in the heart of Solihull will be asked what they would like to see from the area’s proposed Business Improvement District (BID).

COMPANIES in the heart of Solihull will be asked what they would like to see from the area’s proposed Business Improvement District (BID).

The Solihull Town Centre Partnership is proposing to set up the BID - which members believe could prove to be a valuable asset to the borough.

The existing partnership is made up of local businesses and community groups and now that coalition is proposing to set up a BID.

BIDs are initiated and funded by the private sector and will see businesses come together to invest in local improvements.

As interest in the scheme gathers pace, companies which fall in the proposed BID area are being sent a questionnaire.

This document will allow firms to have their say on the initiative.

There will also be questions on security, environmental issues and how companies think that the town centre could be promoted.

Sandra Grinnell, Solihull Council’s BID development manager, said: “It’s important that we get as many back as we can because we really want this BID to be representative of what the businesses want and are prepared to pay for.”

Consultation events are also due to be held in the middle of Solihull town centre, as part of a major drive to get the views of local businesses.

A PDF of the questionnaire is going to be made available on a website which goes live next week - if you wish to download a copy go to www.solihullbid.co.uk.

All questionnaires need to be returned by February 23.

 

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