Brixton BID has been operating for the last five years and in October 2018, we will have our first renewal ballot. We are hoping to secure another five years to deliver our ambitions and achieve more successes for Brixton and our businesses.
We are proud to call Brixton one of London’s emerging destinations. Over the next five years, we want to establish Brixton even further as a hub for entertainment, commerce, creativity and culture, boosting the local economy and making Brixton better for businesses and visitors.
With continuous investment and development in the area, the BID is ensuring the environment is kept safe and clean for everybody to enjoy. We are also working to strengthen partnerships, reduce crime and continue the delivery of vital services. The Brixton BID’s ultimate mission is to grow a successful local economy whilst maintaining a distinctive Brixton.
Over the years, we have achieved great successes and have big ambitions for the future. We now need your support to continue championing Brixton for the next five years.
What is the Brixton BID?
The Brixton BID (Business Improvement District) is a not-for-profit organisation funded and led by the local business community. There are over 280 BIDs in the UK and over 60 in London, BIDs are leading on the delivery of bespoke solutions to local business priorities. Brixton BID is funded by local businesses within the area boundary. The BID levy is raised in addition to business rates. We have also been successful in securing external funding. The Executive Team is overseen by a Board of volunteer Directors made up of local businesses owners and managers who dedicate their time to making Brixton a brighter, cleaner and safer place.
What is the Renewal Ballot?
Due to National legislation, BIDs have a five-year lifespan. They are established through a democratic ballot. Every five years, local businesses have the chance to vote in favour (or against) the establishment of such organisations. Once there is a majority, the five years term starts. Our first term is about to come to an end in December 2018. We need your vote to achieve a successful renewal ballot.
When is the Renewal Ballot taking place?
From 1st October to 31st October 2018, eligible local businesses have the chance to express their support for another five years in the renewal ballot.
Who is eligible to vote?
In Brixton, every business that is based within the boundary area and with a Rateable Value (RV) of £12,000 or over will have the right to vote. We have set the ‘minimum threshold’ at £12,000 RV to align with those businesses who are already eligible to pay business rates. Not sure what your RV is? Click here to find out. Please note that the minimum threshold, over the years, has been increased from £5,000 to £12,000. This was done to counter the effects of the recent RV revaluation for businesses in 2017.
Businesses who are within the boundary area and have an RV below the minimum threshold of £12,000 can remain involved with the activities of the Brixton BID by opting into the Brixton BID Business Club. Business Club members will, however, not be eligible to vote at any renewal ballot.
How much will the BID cost me?
If the BID is successful at the renewal ballot, a mandatory levy of 1.5% will continue to be applied in addition to business rates. This means that if your RV is £12,000, your levy will be £180 per year. If you are a registered charity, then you are in for a 50% discount on your levy! The Brixton BID will continue to offer all businesses a discount of 15% on all BID levy bills.
What am I voting on?
You are voting on what you want to see delivered in Brixton over the next five years. The BID model is entirely based on local businesses identifying priorities for the area. During our first term, the Brixton BID developed invaluable experience and a track record of delivery. You and your business neighbours will set the agenda for the next five years. Your aspirations for Brixton will be turned into a business plan known as a BID proposal. This will be achieved through a consultation process involving all eligible businesses lasting from April to June. The proposal will then be published in June 2018 on this website. Your vote in October 2018 will be based on your agreement with this proposal for the next five years (2019 to 2023).
What happens if I don’t vote or vote no?
If you decide not to vote, you will not have a say on whether the BID continues for another five years. If more than 50% of eligible voters vote no, the Brixton BID will cease to operate in December 2018. To have a successful renewal ballot, the Brixton BID will need at least 50% (+1) of eligible voters voting yes in both numerical and rateable value. If the BID is successful in achieving the renewal ballot, you will still be a part of the BID for the next five years regardless of whether you abstained or voted against.
Why shall I vote and how does it work?
We believe that all businesses should vote yes as the stronger the mandate, the stronger the voice of businesses in Brixton in determining the future of Brixton. On the 1st October 2018, an independent organisation called Electoral Reform Service (ERS) will post your ballot papers directly to your business address. Please look out for a pink envelope, cast your vote and then post it back using the prepaid envelope provided. You have time until the 31st October 2018 but please do not leave it too late!
How can I shape the future of Brixton?
From its inception, the Brixton BID has grown to become a vital mechanism for the business community to deliver initiatives to make Brixton a brighter, cleaner, and safer place for everybody to enjoy. You can fill in the online survey where you have the chance to let us know what you think about what we did and what you want to see happening in Brixton. If you prefer, we would love to come and see you at a convenient time. Get in touch via email, phone, Twitter, Instagram or just come and say hi to us in our office. The consultation starts on the 3rd April and will last until 1st June 2018.
Vote yes #ForBrixton
We have achieved many successes over the past five years. Here is a condensed list of some of the key achievements funded by your levy.
- 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