Businesses show their support for town centre BID

Published: 21 May 2019

More than 30 businesses attended the launch of the Slough BID Business Plan on Tuesday May 14, which set out proposals for the new Business Improvement District for the town centre.

At a drop-in exhibition at HOME on the High Street, businesses got a first look at the full business plan outlining the projects that the BID intends to deliver.

The BID is proposing projects to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour, to improve the physical environment in the town centre, marketing and events, business support initiatives and representing the interests of Slough’s business community.

Over the five-year term of the BID, over £2 million will be invested into the town through a levy raised from the business community.

Businesses subject to the levy will be asked to vote on the proposals in a postal ballot which opens on May 30 and closes at 5pm on June 27. Should the BID proposals succeed in the ballot, the BID will be established on April 1, 2020 for a five-year term and every eligible business will be subject to paying the BID levy.

Cllr Martin Carter, cabinet member for inclusive growth and skills, said: “I am pleased so many businesses came along to the launch to review the plans for the BID.

“Slough like many town centres across the UK is facing an increasing difficult economic climate and voting in the ballot will give businesses the opportunity to help shape improvements to the High Street.

“The council is a key stakeholder in the town centre’s future plans. We are collaborating with local businesses and partners on major regeneration, as well as keeping it clean, safe and vibrant in the meantime, and fully support the BID in helping to achieve this.”

Businesses can find out more at www.sloughbid.co.uk or contact info@sloughbid.co.uk.