There are around 650 businesses in the BID area. These businesses want to see a return on investment in the BID and want to ensure that this approach is targeted at efforts that help them survive and thrive, employ more people and invest in the city.
The BID will:
- Business support – Support and promote independent businesses by building on the business start-up programme StartmyBiz, help develop a new programme called GrowmyBiz to provide guidance and advice on growing your business, and join the national Independent Retail campaign.
- Business to Business events – Deliver events to develop commercial opportunities for levy payers locally. The BID will have a policy of local purchasing where possible.
- Cost reduction initiatives – Provide a free service to help reduce utility costs for relevant BID levy payers.
- Business promotion – Develop the MyCanterbury platform as a marketing and loyalty opportunity for levy payers.
- Training – The BID will offer on-going training and support, free to levy payers, on a range of topics.
- Landlord forum – Engage with landlords to discuss relevant issues, in particular, how the city can further develop and support the independent retail offer and release fallow space for new uses.
- Project funding – Make funds available to respond to new opportunities that may arise e.g. developing local business associations to create a healthy and vibrant business community.