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Business owners given another chance to elect town centre organisation

Wellingborough business owners are being urged to support the re-election of the organisation which exists to fight for the survival and prosperity of the town.

John Cable, Executive Director of the Wellingborough Business Improvement District (BID) is looking forward to working with the Borough Council of Wellingborough for the benefit of the town if it is re-elected at the end of the month.

The organisation came to an end in March after failing to reach a majority result in the annual re-election. Despite the result John Cable has been quietly working behind the scenes to ensure that visitors to the town continue to benefit from the Loyal Free app as well as the Discover Wellingborough website. Steps were taken to revise the original business plan so that a new ballot could take place.

He said:

“Approximately 300 businesses have been balloted. I am hopeful that we will reach a majority result, which will see us re-elected for the benefit of the town. Together with the Borough Council of Wellingborough I am confident that we can promote the benefits of our town as well as providing other special reasons to visit at certain points in the year.

“We already have plans in place for two major events next year, supported by other smaller events and we very much hope that we are able to bring our ideas to fruition.”

Businesses have until Thursday, 26 September to cast their vote. The result will be revealed on Friday, 27 September.

Wellingborough Chamber of Commerce is supporting the re-election of the BID and has written an open letter outling its support.

Wellingborough BID was launched in 2011. It raises funds by charging members a percentage of their rateable value. A dedicated team, led by Executive Director John Cable, use the funds to organise events to attract visitors to the town.

There are 315 BIDs in England, most are supported by their local authority. Recent projects include the launch of a loyalty app which rewards people for shopping at certain businesses in the town centre.

Members also benefit from an average annual saving of £400 through the BID’s recycling scheme.


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