Southend BID

CMS helps to secure another five year BID term for Southend BID

Southend Business Improvement District (BID) will be continuing for a second term after businesses in the town centre and seafront voted to renew the BID in its recent ballot.

CMS have provided management services to Southend BID since it was established in 2013. Following the successful BID ballot, CMS have been appointed to continue managing the BID for another five years.

85 % of businesses in Southend voted in favour by number, with 89% in favour by RV, representing an overall turnout of 54%. 

Commenting on the result, BID Manager, Alison Dewey said:

"We are absolutely delighted we now have the opportunity to continue the exciting, dynamic and important work we have been delivering for the past five years. The Southend BID is far more than just a business organisation; we have addressed social issues such as homelessness, begging and crime. We can now look to create further long-term sustainability for our members, partner organisations and people living here or visiting our great town".

Since launching in 2013, Southend BID has introduced a wide range of initiatives – including one-day festivals, Street Rangers, initiatives to tackle litter with innovative noise-making bins and expanding the Saturday night firework displays. It recently invested £10,000 into the Night Time Economy to fund extra night-time policing and specially-trained nightclub and bar staff to help revellers to stay safe. It also manages the town's official consumer and destination - www.visitsouthend.co.uk. The website promotes businesses, events and offers and provides visitor information to 90,000 users a month with organic traffic and engagement from London IP addresses continually increasing. In addition, the promotion of town centre and seafront events across social media reaches millions.  

The successful ballot outcome for Southend BID means that the second term BID will invest nearly £2million of levy payer investment for Southend over the next five years.

Chief Operating Officer of CMS, Fiona Wright, said:

"The Southend BID is a perfect example of how a BID can be really creative with delivery and create true added value for businesses. There are so many examples here of innovative projects provided on relatively small budgets - the fireworks, Visit Southend marketing, the cigarette bins to name but a few. I think this team deserves a further five years to create even more value for businesses and I am delighted that the CMS have been asked to remain involved throughout the next term."

The Southend BID will run from 2018 - 2023.  Click here to view the business plan.

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