It's a ‘YES’ for Crawley Town Centre BID
Crawley town centre have voted in favour for a Business Improvement District (BID).
68% of businesses voted in favour of the BID by number, with 73% in favour by rateable value, representing a 35% turnout in total.
The successful vote will see over £2 million invested into the BID area over the next five years. The funds will be spend on a range of projects and initiatives which help to create a thriving town centre.
Research with businesses in the area identified a number of improvements for the area focused around crime, safety, promotion, marketing, accessibility and business networking.
The BID will now focus on preparing to commence its delivery from 1st April 2020.
What is a Business Improvement District (BID)?
A BID offers an opportunity for local businesses to have a say in the future of their town centre. To turn your ideas into reality you will be invited to take part in a formal ballot.
in the UK
Levy Rates mostly 1%-2%
of Rateable Value (RV)
Total BID Funding
Success Ballot 97%
Total Hereditaments Circa 120,000
View the BID area and list of streets here
What will the Crawley Town Centre BID deliver?
1. Introduce Street Ambassadors
To build a relationship with businesses to tackle on-street issues such as crime and anti-social behaviour.
2. Improved CCTV coverage
Increase CCTV coverage and visibility.
3. Lobby for more police in town centre
Take an active role in speaking on behalf of businesses who would like increased police presence.
4. Work towards Best Bar None Scheme
Help night time economy venues to work towards better safety and national recognition.
Showcasing the offer
1. Consumer website
With a dedicated visitor website we will showcase Crawley’s recreational offerings by promoting local events and offers in the area.
2. Dedicated social media
Establish a strong social media presence to help promote Crawley as a regional destination to consumers.
3. Exclusive offers to the office and professional sector
Create a sense of loyalty to employees in the area through bespoke offers and discounts.
1. Family focused events
Work with local partners and businesses to deliver fun, family-focused events.
2. Food and Farmer’s markets
Bring a Food and Farmer’s market to Queensway and the Historic High Street to draw dwell-time and enliven the town.
3. A year long calendar of events
Raise communication about local events happening in the town centre to increase business participation.
1. Accessibility campaigns
Showcasing the best that Crawley has to offer compared to neighbouring town centres.
2. Business networking
Hosting a number of networking opportunities for businesses to ensure they feel connected to their town centre.
Amongst the views of the business community in Crawley was an overall desire to see an improved town centre. Enabling a safer environment, showcasing the town’s offer, creating opportunities for enlivenment and better connecting businesses to the town centre would help achieve this key aspiration. The impact of both businesses and visitors having the opinion of Crawley as an improved town would also complement wider opportunities.