South Bank BID was set up in 2014 to improve the management of South Bank in the face of increasing footfall and falling public spending. We fund and support a number of public realm services, including enhanced security, cleaning and refuse collection, and help to promote South Bank as a leading visitor destination for domestic and international visitors. We are a voice for South Bank businesses and provide a wealth of networking opportunities to the organisations in our BID area through event and networking programmes.
South Bank BID has been operating for more than five years now and on 28 May 2019, we held our first renewal ballot, through which we proposed to run a further five years of essential support services for South Bank’s businesses, from 1 Oct 2019 to 30 September 2024.
We were delighted to receive a strong ultimatum to deliver the services that businesses in South Bank clearly value, with a UK record renewal ballot result of 99% of voters both in terms of overall majority and rateable value saying Yes to renewing our services. This was on a ballot turnout of 57% of all voters.
We are excited about delivering a world-class South Bank for everyone in the next five years, through taking our learnings from the term of the first BID and delivering smarter, more ambitious programmes that address the ongoing challenge of keeping South Bank safe, secure and clean in the context of an exciting period of growth and change. South Bank BID is uniquely positioned to lead South Bank’s businesses through this transformation.
You can download our Business Plan, which outlines are ongoing commitments and further investments in areas such as security, sustainability and employment, learning and skills here.
This will give you all the information you need to understand what the BID is proposing to deliver in the next five years for this area, before you then cast your vote again in 2024.