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.  Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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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 every single business no matter how small, with the big businesses paying proportionately less. The small businesses pay 4.8% of the RV while bigger business pay as little as 1% or less, according to their business plan. But even some of the larger businesses are complaining because they say the BID is not benefiting them. And some companies are exempt from the BID levy altogether.

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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 ( 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 Value turnout:      82%
Person turnout:              81%
Votes in total were cast    363
Total for the BID:          134 votes YES (36.95%)
Total against the BID        229 votes NO  (63.08%)

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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 unpaid BID fees. He has come to a payment arrangement, but regrets voting yes to the BID.

He said: “Our revenue hasn’t gone up a penny since it came in, but we’re paying out an extra £900 a year. There was a Christmas open day which maybe increased our turnover by about £200 compared to an average Saturday, but there were plenty of other businesses that saw no increase at all.

“We wouldn’t mind if we were seeing something substantial in return, but the BID has done nothing.”

The levy of an extra 3.5p in the pound on business rates for the Clarkston scheme is the highest BID charge in Scotland. Herald Scotland.

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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 group of about 20 traders, mainly from the Reddenhill Road and Babbacombe Downs area, claim some businesses did not receive voting papers and they object to having to pay an extra bill to pay for the BID after the ‘yes’ vote” 

But how when the ballot papers didn’t reach the traders, their business rates bills and BID levy have no problem reaching the traders?

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