At the end of the first 5 year term, Inverness BID had to go through a renewal ballot process in order to secure a further 5 year term (2013-18). The first stage in the this process was to circulate the Inverness BID Business Consultation Document and give all eligible business owners and tenants in the BID area the opportunity to feedback their views on the 5 key areas below and to influence the future Inverness BID with their priorities:
- Marketing & Events
- Safer City Centre
- Attractiveness of the City Centre
- Business Development & Communication
As part of the Consultation businesses were asked if, in principle, they would be in favour of the Inverness BID Company continuing for a further 5 years and out of the 188 returned Questionnaires
82.7% said YES, 10.4% said they were UNSURE and 6.9% said NO
These results provided a robust base to develop the NEXT STEPS DOCUMENT and together with further BID Business Meetings the BID Directors were able to consider all the suggestions and prioritise the choice of projects which they considered to be achievable to form the basis for the 5 year BID Business Plan 2013-18.
In February 2013 all the eligible businesses received a copy of the Business Plan with their voting papers issued by Electoral Reform Services, London. The results of the ballot were announced on 22nd March by Ballot Holder, Alistair Dodds, Chief Executive of the Highland Council and independent scrutineer for Electoral Reform Services London.
The results were massive vote of 77% in favour (up from 73%) of BID continuing for a further 5 years. The full Declaration of Results can be viewed here.
BID Chairman, Craig Duncan said “I am delighted with today’s result and to achieve an increased level of support in today’s difficult economic climate is a massive endorsement for the work that BID has undertaken over the past 5 years. It is also good that nearly 50% of city centre businesses took the time to vote (up from 34% in 2008) which shows their interest in the work we do.