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Lively debate ahead of Southport BID ballot

Southport BID goes to the ballot on 27 March 2014 and there is a lively debate taking place in the town. The BID if successful would levy 1.5 percent of rateable value of the eligible businesses. 

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St Ives group critical of Cornish BID proposal

A new group has set up in opposition to a business improvement district (BID) in St Ives, Cornwall. A Facebook Page — The BID Debate, St Ives — is taking a critical stance on the proposed BID.

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Against BIDs Facebook group takes off

We had a very nice email from the Against BID Facebook group saying they found our site very useful and wanted to thank us. We’re pleased to help and in return support them.

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Traders in South Queensferry BID are refusing to pay levy

A number traders in a business improvement district in the Scottish town of South Queensferry are refusing to pay their BID levy because they believe the charge is too high and doesn’t return them enough benefits. The Queensferry Ambition BID charges … Continue reading

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Businesses on Mull, Iona and Ulva reject business improvement district

A proposal to establish a BID project on the Isle of Mull, Argyll, Scotland (http://www.mi-bid.co.uk/) was firmly rejected on the 21st March 2013. Aggregate Rateable Value:  £1,934,440 Aggregate RV For the BID:  £859,075 Aggregate RV Against:      £729,370 Rateable … Continue reading

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Glasgow traders want out after BID flops

Traders in the Clarkston district of Glasgow want to end their BID after no improvement in three years. Jim Watt, who runs Cafe Roma with his son James, was served by sheriff’s officers on Monday with a £1300 bill for … Continue reading

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Babbacombe traders question BID ballot

A number of traders in Babbacombe, Torquay, in Devon say their BID was approved despite some traders not receiving ballot papers. The same traders say they would have voted against the BID if they had been given the chance. a … Continue reading

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Renewal of Sleaford BID rejected

Sleaford businesses have rejected a proposal to renew the BID which was set up in 2007. A ballot in July 2012 in the Lincolnshire town rejected plans to renew the BID. The BBC reports that residents want to keep the … Continue reading

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Carlisle city centre BID proposal rejected

Firms in Carlisle city centre have not backed a proposal to set up a Business Improvement District. Most of the business ratepayers in the area who voted rejected the plan – although the majority of rateable value voted in favour, … Continue reading

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Cambridge businesses to vote on business improvement district (BID)

The city of Cambridge is holding a ballot for a BID to cover the city centre. Businesses with a rateable value over £20,000 are being balloted in October 2012. There is a discussion on the BID from a blogger with … Continue reading

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