Businesses in Walton-on-Thames have voted Yes! to establishing a Business Improvement District (BID) in the town centre. The BID will deliver approximately £1million of new investment over 5 years, as businesses come together to help revitalise and shape the future of the town centre. It is The Mosaic Partnerships 110th BID success in the UK.
Following consultation with businesses of all sizes in Walton-on-Thames, the focus for the Walton BID will be on delivering projects across four priority themes:
- marketing, promotion and events
- clean and green
- safe, welcoming and accessible
- and backing business.
The BID Task Group Chairman, Peter Beggan, Assistant Director for New Business at Paragon Asra (PA) Housing said: “We are delighted that businesses have backed the BID and the positive vision we have to deliver new investment and footfall into the town centre. The BID was developed by businesses for businesses and we believe the BID can build on what makes Walton special while addressing the parts of the town centre that we know need attention.”
Councillor Christine Elmer, Portfolio Holder for Corporate and Community Development at Elmbridge Borough Council said: “The yes vote to establish a BID is great news for all those who run businesses, live, work or visit Walton. BIDs have made a positive impact across the country and as part of the council’s commitment to supporting our high streets, we were happy to fund the development of the BID. We look forward to continuing our partnership with the Walton BID and working together to deliver a more vibrant town centre.”
Joanna Gordon, Managing Director of the Walton-on-Thames Trading Alliance said: “The yes vote is a recognition of the partnership approach that the businesses, the trading alliance and council have developed over the past two years. We have all worked together to develop the BID and I would like to thank everyone for the hard work, funding and time committed to get the project this far. We believe Walton has an incredibly bright future and the BID will be a great success over the next 5 years.