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Bognor Regis businesses asked to take survey on future of town centre

Bognor Regis town centre

BUSINESSES in Bognor Regis are being asked for their views on the long-term strategy of the town centre by taking part in a survey.

The Bognor Regis Town Centre Management Partnership, in collaboration with the University of Chichester, is investigating the feasibility of establishing a Business Improvement District (BID) to provide new management arrangements.

The current funding for the town centre manager finishes in 2018 and, without a BID to continue this work, it will not have a dedicated specialist working to improve the centre, according to present manager Toyubur Rahman.

The Partnership is conducting a survey to see if businesses are keen on the model and if it is something they would support.

Mr Rahman added: “BIDs are owned and driven by town centre businesses and what they deliver is up to you to decide. They are designed to improve the economic performance of an area and can help to increase footfall and improve the overall perception of the town centre.

“BIDs create significant sums of investment in an area and participating businesses use the money they gather through a small levy on top of Businesses Rates to pay for improvements that benefit those businesses.

“These include such items as improved public realm, Christmas lighting, events, security, town marketing, and loyalty schemes which all provide a better environment and attraction for shoppers, employees, and business visitors.”

The goal of the initiative is to improve the town centre area so that all business sectors benefit, whether shops, restaurants, offices or hotels and others.

If the Town Centre Management Partnership receives a show of support from the survey, it will establish a working group with local businesses to develop the concept and improve Bognor Regis town centre as a place of business, to work, and to visit.

Take part in the survey

Please click on the links below to take to the survey

PC/laptop 

Tablet 

Smartphone 

Alternatively click here for more information about Business Improvement Districts or, to speak about Business Improvement Districts, contact Bognor Regis Town Centre Manager Toyubur Rahman at t.rahman@chi.ac.uk or phone 07467 145 922.

If you like to complete the survey by hand please email Mr Rahman.