The new board of Hexham BID have now completed a review process following the Northumberland County Council Survey.
The feedback from the survey left little doubt that there is a requirement for great change and potentially termination of the BID, it also showed a necessity for a strong business partnership within Hexham to unify the businesses and to drive the town forward.
Without this organisation, revenue streams for promoting the town will be limited. As most are aware Council budgets have been stripped and without a powerful voice from within the town we have little hope of making the improvements necessary.
This is the final opportunity to resurrect the Business Improvement District, it is unlikely that the initial funding through British BIDs would be available again, meaning Hexham wouldn’t have a collective business voice at a town and county council level. This influential commercial voice will be key in ensuring our elected representatives make fully informed decisions that can impact businesses and consumers within the town.
Considering the aforementioned, we ask the businesses to investigate the opportunity of an alteration ballot that will enable Hexham to benefit from the many positive aspects of what a Business Improvement District can achieve. As it stands there are over 300 successful BIDs benefitting their local communities on a daily basis, look no further than Newcastle, Durham and Penrith.
All employment contracts have been concluded and the intention is to streamline and manage the organisation efficiently. Engagement, both financially and in time given from all businesses will be key to ensuring a more positive future for our town. We would encourage all businesses to engage with this change for the benefit of our town's prosperity.
If businesses do not want to engage in improving the town through this option or feel it is up to others to do it, the new proposal will not work and the BID will terminate.
We encourage feedback from Hexham businesses, please contact via email: firstname.lastname@example.org