Quietly confident for new Morecambe BID

Chamber manager John O'Neill.
Chamber manager John O'Neill.

We are three weeks into voting for the Morecambe Business Improvement District (BID) with voting closing on May 26.

We are quietly confident in getting a “Yes” vote for the town because the Steering Committee are dedicated to the town and want to see it thrive again.

We have already seen the many benefits that Lancaster BID (now in its second term) has brought to the city.

It’s a cleaner city with better wayfinding, greater cooperation with the police and loads more events.

Barrow, across the bay, have just voted in their BID as they can see the paybacks of businesses being more in charge of their own local destinies.

With funding being cut across all government levels, BIDs make a great deal of sense.

It is very important to realise that BIDs are not council run nor funded.

BIDs are funded by local businesses, for local businesses, the residents and the betterment of the local area.

If the Morecambe BID vote is successful then you can expect to see a consistent source of funding just for the Morecambe BID zone; a united business voice fighting for Morecambe; increased visitor footfall through better wayfinding; a chance to tidy up Morecambe; crime-fighting initiatives and an improved night-time economy.

Over five years the BID levy is expected to bring in over £630,000 just for the zone, and that’s just a start.

Official BIDs are also able to attract additional funding through government and international grant schemes – a chance to double or triple the pot.

If you are a business in the Morecambe BID zone and you haven’t got your Yes vote in please don’t delay as every vote counts to help make your Morecambe, and District, as a better place to live.

For more information visit www.morecambebid.com.