Update on Andover

CMS appointed to develop a BID in Andover

CMS has been appointed by Test Valley Borough Council to provide full BID support in Andover.

Andover is a market town with a rich heritage. Preparing for a Business Improvement District for Andover town centre is a key element of Andover Vision, a 20 year plan for the future of Andover based on a partnership of local residents, community groups, businesses and public bodies. The Vision has 5 themes:

  • Being part of a connected community
  • Having a great green environment
  • Being part of a thriving town centre
  • Supporting business, jobs and skills in the town
  • Access to great health

Chair of Andover Steering Group, Lisa Armstrong commented:

"I am delighted to be working in conjunction with CMS for the BID proposal for Andover. Andover has a long and fascinating history, but how much do local people really know about their town? Andover is a beautiful market town with many years of heritage. The Business Improvement District will bring both opportunities to town centre business owners and residents. The steering group will be engaging with local businesses to ask what they would want to see to enhance their town centre to not only improve business for them but to attract new visitors to our beautiful historic town.  Early suggested ideas have been a ‘café culture’ high street with a more exciting night environment and an improved market offering many more stalls and market atmosphere. We look forward to liaising with business owners to fully understand what they’d like to see and will enjoy implementing all that we can should the BID be achieved."

Over the next few months, the CMS team will all work closely to investigate the priorities and assess the needs for businesses in Andover.  Fiona Wright, COO of CMS commented:

"Andover has a great history which we thoroughly enjoyed discovering more of in our recent DNA with the BID Steering Group whereby we investigated the physical, historical and emotional aspects of the town. Each location we work with is different and it's been great to learn about the current plans scoped out in the Andover Vision. We look forward to assessing the needs and priorities of businesses in Andover with this in mind."

David Drew, who leads on economic development for Test Valley Borough Council added:

"The Council is pleased to be working with CMS to support Andover town centre businesses to prepare for a BID ballot. It is right that businesses are taking a lead in identifying ideas to help strengthen the town centre over the next few years.”

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