Blackburn Businesses Back £700,000 Business Improvement District

Companies across Whitebirk, Greenbank and Furthergate business parks in Blackburn have backed ambitious plans to create a 4th term Business Improvement District (BID).

Businesses voted in favour of the proposal that will see a £700k investment into enhancing the business park over the next five years. A majority  (60%) of the businesses voted in favour, representing 85% of ratable value, giving a good mandate for this 4th term BID.

How BIDs Work

BIDs are business-led partnerships which are created to deliver additional projects and services to benefit businesses in an area for a limited period, usually five years.  A small levy is charged to all businesses in that area to fund the initiatives which through the Blackburn EDZ BID which will operate across the three business parks is the equivalent of £1.50/day for the average premises.

The approval of a 4th term BID empowers businesses to undertake activities, projects and services that will make their business park or town centre more economically vibrant, increase footfall and support the creation of a safer, cleaner and greener town centre.

I look forward to seeing a another 5 years of successful work by the BID team creating a cleaner, safer and greener environment for business.

Peter Weddle, Managing Director from Greenbank Business Park based Gillibrand Accident Repair, and Chair of the BID said: “The BID Board are delighted with the announcement for a 4th term BID. I would like to thank all the companies who have supported this recent ballot and look forward to seeing a another 5 years of successful work by the BID team creating a cleaner, safer and greener environment for business”.

Cllr Quesir Mahmood,  Blackburn with Darwen’s Executive Member for Growth, said: “This is great news and represents a real confidence vote in the area from the businesses. The positive response means that the BID can continue its fantastic work helping to keep the area cleaner and safer. ”

Bid Themes

The 4th term Business Improvement District has been developed through a partnership between local not-for-profit trust’s Newground CIC and Groundwork. The Blackburn EDZ BID will start in October 2022 and concentrate on three main themes:

  • Theme One: Security and Crime Prevention
  • Theme Two: Image Enhancement, Cleaner and Greener
  • Theme Three: Business Support, Recruitment and Net-Zero
More information

Further details on the BID plans for the future are available at www.blackburnedzbid.co.uk