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Shrewsbury BID renewal ballot success

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Businesses have voted in favour of a second term for the Shrewsbury Business Improvement District (BID). The result in today’s (Friday 26 October 2018) renewal ballot means that it now has the mandate to proceed for another five years.

Shrewsbury Big Town Plan

Shrewsbury Big Town Plan

Nic Laurens, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for economic growth, said:

“Shrewsbury BID play an important part in making the town a better place for the people who live, visit, learn and work here, so I’m delighted that the businesses have voted for the BID to continue.

“They, alongside Shropshire Council and Shrewsbury Town Council, have been instrumental in the creation of the Shrewsbury Big Town Plan. It’s an exciting and innovative plan which will shape the town’s future and we’re all really looking forward to seeing the actions within it come to fruition.

“Shrewsbury has so much to offer but it’s still important that someone champions it. And, over the last five years the BID has worked hard to do this. They’ve attracted many visitors through their Original Shrewsbury brand and the events they’ve promoted, as well as helping the town to gain national recognition for being a safe and secure evening destination.

“We have a great working relationship, but they also lobby us hard. It’s because of this that we’ve made changes to elements of our Shrewsbury Integrated Transport Package and evening car parking charges in the town. We welcome these challenges and the resulting changes have really made a difference. After all, they exist to represent the businesses which, in turn, underpin the town’s economic success.

“We will continue to work with the BID, involving them earlier in major projects, as we look to make the town even better and attract more investment, employment and visitors.”