Strabane BID receives successful YES vote for second term
Strabane BID will continue to assist and promote local businesses in the town centre and support the local economy after achieving a second term following a successful yes vote in a ballot of businesses.
The first five-year term of the Strabane Business Improvement District (BID) ends on October 31st, and a renewal ballot was held between August 12th and September 23rd for eligible businesses to vote on a second term.
In line with BID legislation in NI, a turnout of at least 25% was achieved, returning a 69% YES vote.
Prior to the ballot, a new business plan was developed by Strabane BID with a specific focus on Covid recovery, town centre recovery and working a way forward into growth which will provide the backbone of BID’s work moving into the second five-year term.
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Graham Warke, said the result was fantastic news for Strabane town at a crucial time.
“I’m absolutely delighted that Strabane BID has successfully achieved a second term and I know it will be a vital tool and resource for so many local businesses as they move forward through the COVID-19 recovery process.
“A lot of hard work has gone on behind the scenes from the BID board and the Town Centre Manager to achieve a YES vote and that hard work will now continue.
“It has been an unimaginably difficult 18 months for businesses in the town centre and it’s now time to look ahead to what we can do to assist them, to bring more customers into the town, and to support the economic recovery within Strabane.
“We have already seen the benefits of BID through the InStrabane gift card, support for events like the Christmas Fayre and Strajamba, and initiatives like the Flower of Sweet Strabane.
“I know that that great work will continue, so well done to all involved in this fantastic result and let’s keep it going.”
Kieran Kennedy, Chair of Strabane BID, added: “We are extremely pleased to have received the support of our Strabane businesses in moving forward into another five-year term, and we also acknowledge that there is a lot of work ahead.
“It’s vital that we work in partnership to ensure all businesses can benefit from BID and we are committed to delivering on providing a strong, collective voice for the business community.
“We want to ensure that the voices of our individual businesses are heard and that any redevelopment works within Strabane are to the benefit of the town centre – with BID an important stakeholder.
“Thank you to the businesses for their support. We are as determined as ever to drive forward and deliver for you all, and we look forward to taking on this new chapter together.”
Strabane BID Second Term Business Plan 2021 – 2026
Vote YES for Strabane BID! We are delighted to share this video showcasing support from some of our wonderful businesses, thank you to everyone who got involved and felt so passionately about BID that they wanted to share their reasons why they’ll be voting YES! Please remember to submit your YES vote by 23rd September 2021.
A message from Kieran Kennedy, Chair of Strabane BID
“I am delighted to present this proposal to set out how we intend to work for, represent and support all of our local businesses over the next 5 year period. It’s an exciting time, especially with the £70m investment coming as part of the City Deal whereby our town centre stands to be transformed for the better and I would sincerely urge you to lend us your YES vote in our upcoming ballot to make sure BID can represent and reflect your voice and views in the rolling out of this much needed radical change to our town. The commitment and expertise of our BID board members, alongside the recruitment of a full time Town Centre Manager, now enables BID to be even more active and responsive to our business’ needs and emerging challenges.
Ballot papers have now been issued so I would urge you to support us in voting YES when you receive them.
Strabane sits on the cusp of being transformed and the potential effects on our business community could be great! So we ask that you come and lend us your YES vote before 23rd September 2021. “
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