Brixton Business Improvement District (BID) was established in 2014. It has achieved great successes and has big ambitions to do more over the next five years. Now Brixton businesses have the opportunity to shape the future direction of the BID as the consultation stage opens.
Brixton BID is one of the 280 UK BIDs working to improve Brixton as a place to work, live and play through a business-led and business-funded partnership.
The BID is a not for profit organisation established through a democratic ballot and it is overseen by a Board of volunteer directors who own or run businesses within the BID area. Since 2014, Brixton BID has been delivering a number of projects and initiatives aimed at making Brixton a brighter, cleaner and safer place for everyone to enjoy. Amongst the key services, the BID provides additional policing, events, cleaning and greening, it helps businesses save money, increase recycling and gives Brixton businesses a voice.
Michael Smith, BID Director is calling for all Brixton businesses to take part of the consultation:
“Over the past five years, Brixton BID has grown to become a crucial organisation by campaigning and lobbying for the benefits of local businesses. We have achieved various successes and delivered a wide range of projects. We are now starting a period of consultation with our members and we are keen to hear their views on how we have performed and help us identify the priorities for the next five years. The team and I will be reaching out to all our members to ensure every business has the opportunity to shape the future of Brixton”.
Elly Foster, local business owner and Chairperson of the Brixton BID comments:
“As a local business owner in Brixton I am calling all local businesses to take part of the consultation. The BID is here to deliver direct benefits to the local business community, so it is important our views are represented to influence the future direction of the town centre. Over the years, Brixton BID has established a track record of delivering additional value by lobbying and championing the interests of our place of business”.
The consultation period is starting on the 3rd April and will last until the 1st June 2018. Further details can be found at brixtonbid.co.uk/renewal-ballot. Amongst the key initiatives of the first term, the BID has:
- Delivered the annual Christmas lights for the town centre
- Identified over £84,000 worth of savings on utilities for businesses
- Delivered public realm improvements including wayfinding, lighting and signage
- Launched anti-street urination campaigns including ‘Go Before You Go’ and ‘Splash Back’ paint
- Provided additional policing to businesses by funding 4,800 hours annually
- Funded the Brixton Design Trail since 2016
- Provided over 80 days of additional cleaning per year
- Delivered additional greening projects including the Brixton Orchard and Breaking Down the Barriers
- Funded the Lambeth Street Pastors work in Brixton
- Provided the Friday Night Briefings for ENTE businesses
- Worked with Safer Lambeth Business Crime Reduction Partnership (BCRP)
- Offered a full programme of free Training and Seminars to businesses
- Delivered various town centre events
- Delivered the Brixton Urban Spaces Manual`
- Offered free advertising space in the Brixton Bugle
- Promoted Air Quality initiatives including Click & Collect service
- Lobbied stakeholders including LB Lambeth, TfL, Network Rail, GLA and the Met Police for the interest of the business community