The Culture & Commerce BID

Liverpool BID’s ballot for a new Culture & Commerce BID closes on 10 June, what will it mean for the city?

The Culture & Commerce BID

08/06/21

Ambitious new plans for Liverpool city centre could become reality in just a few days as Liverpool BID Company’s ballot for the new Culture & Commerce BID Area closes. Replacing the Commercial District BID Area, the new site is much larger, covering the Waterfront, St George’s Quarter and the Commercial District.

The Ballot ensures businesses have a say on the changes for a new BID term. To continue their work, BIDs must be voted in each term.

This expanded BID Area will help businesses of Liverpool, from the smallest independent to the largest multinational, steer a course to recovery.

The five year business plan proposes an £7million investment in the city centre, with a core focus on improving the public realm. The investment of £1.2m each year will be focused on core areas including:

Using a Public Realm Fund to improve the city centre and focus on the city’s squares, including revitalising and enhancing Derby Square, St John’s Gardens and other civic squares in the city centre.

Helping to make Liverpool more resilient by creating a Subvention Fund to attract conferences and business events and representing the city at global forums, including the Global Business District Innovation Club.

Improving the city centre’s connectivity, including improving pedestrian access and connectivity for those on foot.

Working with Merseyrail and bus providers to improve the gateway access to the city centre

Celebrating the ‘Pool of Life’ across Whitechapel as the key connecting route from William Brown Street to Royal Albert Dock, providing a focus for a creative heritage of the city.

Continuing to lead on Christmas decorations and seasonal animation with local producers, artists and creatives.

Extending the successful BID Police Team and BID Street Rangers to make the city centre safe, clean and welcoming.

The new BID Area will see Levy Payers with a rateable value of 45,000 and above contributing to the city centre future and recovery.

The 2021 – 2026 Ballot is conducted by postal vote. Businesses should check if the ballots are in their offices and make sure they are posted in good time or hand delivered at the Cunard Building’s reception before 5pm 10 June.

For more information https://www.liverpoolbidcompany.com/ballot/