How could St Ives spend BID's £750,000?
BUSINESSES in St Ives are being asked how they want to spend £750,000 which could be generated by a proposed Business Improvement District.
The BID steering group has sent out a draft proposal to all companies in the area outlining its plans to improve the local trading environment by stimulating year-round trade, encouraging visitors to spend more and return more often, making the town more attractive and finding ways to increase business profitability.
It follows a consultation period in which businesspeople made suggestions for investment including a "park-and-float" ferry between St Ives and Hayle to reduce parking problems, as reported in The Cornishman last week, an improved park-and-ride, quickly improving the appearance of the harbour area and reinstating the town bandstand.
The steering group is already researching a number of the ideas suggested and says it hopes to have some ready to put in place by April 2014, for immediate action in June if businesses back the BID plan.
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Steering group chairman Paul Ford said: "There's a definite feeling in the town that a BID can start to address some of the issues that have been a concern lately: lack of co-ordinated town marketing, key but appropriate events needed all year round and areas of the town presentation."
Andrew Mounsey, chairman of St Ives Chamber of Trade and Commerce, said: "We need to become more professional, and BID will provide the funds and framework for that."
The steering group will be at the Business to Business Fair at the Guildhall on November 5, and members will visit businesses in the coming weeks.
The proposals are summarised at www.stivesbid.co.uk
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