Working on behalf of around 580 town centre businesses, we have invested in excess of £15 million since 2007 on projects and initiatives designed to give Croydon a competitive edge so that it increasingly is regarded as one of the premier destinations in south London in which to work, live, visit and do business.
All of our activities are focused on making a real difference to Croydon town centre and ensuring that everyone’s experience and impression of it is a positive one, by making it a safer, cleaner, more attractive, vibrant and accessible place to be.
It is a strategy that certainly appears to have paid off with £5.2 billion worth of public and private investment earmarked for the town centre over the next five years, several blue chip companies announcing plans to relocate here and Croydon increasingly being cited by pundits as a good place in which to invest.
On October 3rd, the ballot for Croydon BID to continue for a further five years will open again and all eligible businesses will be invited to take part.
With the town set to face the biggest transformation – and possibly lengthiest period of disruption – it has seen since the 1960s, the challenges and opportunities facing the business community over the next five years are both exiting and immense.
In anticipation of those changes, we are pleased to introduce:
Our plans are the result of an extensive period of consultation with you, the business community and highlight how we will build on our achievements to date and continue to work in the best interests of your business over the next five years, to ensure Croydon is regarded as one of the premier destinations in south London in which to work, live, visit and do business.
Only with your support and a majority ‘yes’ vote at the ballot, can these future plans be implemented.
In order to continue for a further five years, Croydon BID must receive a ‘YES’ vote from a majority of businesses voting in the ballot, both by number and by the total rateable value those businesses represent.
The ballot will be a confidential postal ballot of all eligible hereditaments on the Ratings List at the time that the Notice of Ballot is issued. Croydon Council will be responsible for managing and paying for the ballot to ensure it is carried out fairly and not influenced by the BID.
A voting paper will be sent to you for each business unit that you own or occupy that has a rateable value of £40,000 or more. Where a business has more than one rateable business unit with a rateable value of £40,000 or more, it will receive a ballot paper for each individual unit. Each paper counts as one vote and it is therefore important that every voting paper is completed and returned.
The ballot will run from 3rd October until 5pm on 3rd November 2016.