Over 70% of Northfield town centre businesses backed another 5 year term for Northfield Business Improvement District (BID) in a vote last month.
Northfield BID was formed 5 years ago with businesses agreeing to pay an extra levy on their business tax to help maintain and improve Northfield town centre – making it a better place for businesses, residents and visitors. Among other achievements, money raised through the BID has helped fund Christmas lights and floral displays, contributed to funding for events such as Northfield Carnival and Northfield Beach, and employed staff to maintain the cleanliness and safety of the town centre with a part time caretaker and security staff.
BID chair Andy Clarke said: “This is a great result for Northfield high street and businesses. We can now continue with the good work achieved so far, and look forward to another five years of extra services and added value across Northfield.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Marcia Greenwood (BID manager) and her team, and all the BID board of directors, who give their time voluntarily, for their hard work and dedication in trying to change Northfield town centre for the better.”
BID manager Marcia Greenwood said: “We would like to thank all the businesses who have supported us in our first term and an even bigger thank you to those who voted in favour of a second term. The work we do is imperative to ensure that Northfield continues to be a leading local centre. With the regeneration of other local centres, we cannot afford to be complacent and I’m pleased to see that businesses realise this and have not only supported Northfield BID but have supported Northfield.”
Councillor John Clancy, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “This is exciting news, not just for businesses in Northfield but for the wider community, who will also see significant benefits from this decision.
“Overseeing economic development across Birmingham is a key part of my responsibilities as council leader, so I am delighted that the business community in Northfield has overwhelmingly backed a second term, enabling Northfield BID to continue growing and building on the successes of its first term.”