Powerful city centre business group Gloucester BID has been praised for its ‘exemplary’ crime reduction partnership and all-round performance.
The British BIDs Health Check report also focused on the organisation’s management, financial matters, performance, communications and reporting – concluding it was also ‘sound and competent’.
It is more good news for the hard-working group of business people, an orgnisation set up to champion the city centre which faces a crucial ballot on its future in June 2022.
In particular the report praised, ‘exemplary quantitative feedback from their crime reduction partnership’, which sees the BID work closely with the Gloucester City Protection Officers and Gloucester City Safe.
Peter White, co-vice chairman of the BID board of directors and centre manager for King’s Walk, said, ‘The board is encouraged by the positive health check by British BIDs and is working hard to deliver all aspects of the current business plan.
‘It’s fantastic to welcome new board members and also Lesley to the BID team and we look forward to working with Gloucester businesses to reopen the city.’
New board members include Richard and Laura Ashton-Phillips, owners of music shop Soundhouse and Rob Buckley director of Sure Sales and Lettings.
Marketing lead Lesley Sainty also joins the team to work alongside BID Manager Emily Gibbon, who joined in November 2021.
Gloucester Business Improvement District has been in operation since 1 July 2017 and collects an annual levy from 572 members who pay an annual levy based on 1.6 per cent of the rateable value of their premises.
Every five years, city centre businesses are able to vote to continue the BID for a subsequent term, based on a set of proposals.
By Andrew Merrell