BID Business Plan
Message from the Chair
In 2011 Langthwaite was a declining industrial area; a target for theft, burglary, and drug dealing, an area littered with debris, muddy verges and road hazards. Today there is significant new investment in Langthwaite both by those new to the area and others that are already operating on the park who have decided to develop and grow their presence here.
Crime is at an all-time low, roads are gritted in winter and the overall feel of the park is of a cleaner, greener and more dynamic place.
The Langthwaite Business Improvement District is held up as a model of best practice in the area, exerts considerable influence and has raised the profile of the park at regional and national level.
The last few years have been extremely challenging for all businesses and I believe that if we had not come together to form a Business Improvement District, the decaying environment of Langthwaite would have presented costly and insurmountable challenges to the businesses operating here.
Through working together we have achieved a lot and I want to thank all the businesses in Langthwaite for helping to create an improving working environment. Together we have been stronger and done more. We have not only addressed some of the physical challenges of the area but also created a strong platform from which to continue providing key business support in the coming years.
A BID can only last five years and the end of this first one is in March 2016. We have achieved a lot together in a rapidly changing and dynamic environment. With your help we have created a new business plan which is fit for purpose over the next five years. This builds upon what we have achieved and ensures that our businesses can take advantage of new opportunities which will emerge.
Over the past 5 years our costs have risen whilst the BID levy has not but we recognise the continued financial pressures on our members, and therefore in the BID renewal we are only asking to make modest increases (starting from a few pence per day for small firms).
So please look out for the ballot papers, which will be in the post in February and tick the box that says ‘YES’ to an even stronger Langthwaite in which your business can prosper.
Malcolm Dufton Chair of Langthwaite Business Association Ltd, MD of J Marr (Property) Ltd