Winchester Business Improvement District (BID) operates within a defined geographical area, by which non-domestic ratepayers have voted to invest collectively in local improvements that are in addition to those that are already delivered by local statutory bodies.
Winchester BID has been in operation since April 2008 and has delivered services to the city through Winchester City Centre Partnership (WCCP), a not-for-profit organisation that has been in operation since 1997.
The vision for Winchester BID is to ensure the city remains:
‘A vibrant, exciting and successful business community; an attractive, clean and safe destination for customers and clients, shoppers and staff, residents and visitors; a profitable place in which to do business’
The BID collects an annual levy from 857 hereditaments, equating to 711 businesses, each of whom pay an annual levy of 1.5% levy based on the rateable value of their premises.
Every five years, businesses are able to vote to continue the BID for a subsequent term, based on a set of proposals. The person, registered company or organisation who is the ratepayer for non-domestic rates of a hereditament within the BID area as at the notice of ballot, is entitled to vote.
Each person entitled to vote in the BID ballot shall have one vote in respect of each hereditament in the geographical area of the BID on which non-domestic rates are payable.
The ballot will have to meet two tests. First, a simple majority of those voting must vote in favour. Second, the aggregate rateable value of hereditaments of those voting in favour must exceed the aggregate rateable value of hereditaments of those voting against.
In October 2012, 72% of voting businesses voted yes based on these set of proposals in the second ballot of Winchester BID. The second term commenced on 1 April 2013.
The next ballot will be in October 2017.
What we’ve done so far
Watch our 2015/16 achievements video to see how BID have been and continue to, improve the city of Winchester.
What we will continue to do
- Reduce crime in the city centre by continuing to fund 3 Police Community Support Officers and manage safety initiatives such as Shopwatch, Pubwatch and Best Bar None.
- Monitor and increase footfall through consumer events and measure visitor and economic impact.
- Continue the business barometer to measure business activity and ensure vacancy rates remain low.
- Market Winchester as the place in which to shop, work, live and visit and monitor media coverage.
- Enhance Winchester through public realms schemes such as extra street cleansing services, funding the summer floral and Christmas lights programmes.