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Bognor Regis BID gets go ahead

Bognor Regis town centre

FIRMS in Bognor Regis have voted in favour of a Business Improve District which will provide £700,000 of investment in the town across the next five years.

The results of the ballot, which were announced this week, will see business join together to decide on improvements to the region.

The BID proposal has been developed by businesses represented by the Bognor Regis Town Centre Management: a partnership of Bognor Regis Traders’ Association, Chamber of Commerce, and the University of Chichester, among others.

The total number of votes casts, excluding any votes given on rejected ballot papers, was 179 with 143 in favour at 143 and six rejects.

Bognor Regis Town Centre Manager Toyubur Rahman said: “This is a tremendous result for the town centre businesses, who will be able to deliver their plan help make Bognor Regis a better place to do businesses in.

“Thank you to all the businesses that voted and made their vote count.”

Toyubur Rahman

The BID will be a not-for-profit company with a board of directors made up of nearby businesses which will oversee the activities with funds of more than £700,000 to spend on their priorities across a five-year period.

The plans, which will start from 1st April 2018, will last for a maximum of five years and must be able to demonstrate how it has benefited businesses.

The Bognor Regis Town Centre Partnership will be meeting soon to discuss the next steps and begin to implement the plan.

Businesses are urged to get involved with their skills, expertise and knowledge to ensure the plan is delivered successfully. 

To find out more about Bognor Regis BID at www.brbid.co.uk or www.britishbids.info.

Alternatively contact Bognor Regis Town Centre Manager Toyubur Rahman at t.rahman@chi.ac.uk.