Keighley has opted for a second five-year term for the Business Improvement District (BID) after a vote involving 300 business premises.
Initially established from 2016 to 2021 with strong backing from local businesses, Keighley BID became one of over 300 such districts in the UK. Notable successes during its first term included enhancing the appearance of the city centre, improving safety, increasing foot traffic, and stimulating trade.
As the first BID in the district, Keighley paved the way for subsequent BIDs in Bradford city centre and Ilkley. The recent ballot saw a 39.33% overall turnout, with 118 returns received. Of these, 92 votes were in favour of renewing the Keighley Business Improvement District.
A BID designates a specific area where businesses contribute an additional levy, proportional to their business rates, to fund supplementary projects. The Keighley BID board, eager to enhance trading conditions in the town, collaborated with businesses, Bradford Council, and other partners to secure a second term.
Following the successful ballot, the organisation will implement a £900,000 plan over the next five years. The focus is on making Keighley a more conducive environment for business and creating a positive, lively experience for visitors, workers, and residents in the town centre.
Key components of the plan involve marketing Keighley as a destination, promoting campaigns to encourage local shopping, and supporting impactful seasonal events and festivals. The BID will also invest in new planting, banners, and signage to enhance the town, with a commitment to improving safety and environmental sustainability.
Bradford Council’s Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Transport and Planning Cllr Alex Ross-Shaw said: “I’m delighted businesses in Keighley town centre have voted for another BID. The result reflects the hard work of the BID board and will make a huge difference to Keighley town centre. We are always keen to support local businesses to deliver on their priorities for the town. The work the BID will undertake, which complements the work of the Council, is essential for a thriving economy, boosting business and creating jobs.”
Simon Blondel, Chair of the Keighley BID said “The whole BID team are thrilled with today’s news, the result is a strong vote of confidence from businesses in our proposal for a BID in Keighley. We are now looking forward to mobilising the Keighley BID in the coming months and driving forward a strong business-led agenda for change and transformation across the town centre.”
To secure the second term, Keighley BID garnered support from the majority of businesses, both in terms of votes cast and their combined rateable value.