Businesses in Salisbury have given an overwhelming vote of confidence in their city centre Business Improvement District (BID) being renewed for a second five-year term.
The ballot result has seen a record-breaking result, with the highest turnout for a renewal ballot of a town or city BID in the country.
The ballot saw an overall turnout of 66.08%, with 90.56% voting in favour of keeping the BID.
It means that after a challenging year for Salisbury, BID members have voted for the BID to continue its work from 1 April 2019 until 31 March 2024.
Across the country, the average turnout for a town or city BID going into a second term is 50.8%, with the average Yes vote 75.1%.
There are now over 300 BIDs in the country.
Keith Hanson, Chair of Salisbury BID and Director of recruitment agency Personnel Placements, said: “This is an outstanding vote of confidence that strongly demonstrates the importance of the BID to Salisbury.
“It furthers our determination to build on our many achievements so far and aim for even greater success in the future.
“Feedback from our members has influenced our business plan proposal for the next five years and it’s really heartening to see that they have now voted to support it.”
The confidential postal ballot was conducted by Electoral Reform Services. The record-breaking result was declared on Friday 1 March by Wiltshire Council, the independent Ballot Holder.
Salisbury BID is funded by more than 500 businesses in the city centre that have a rateable value of £10,000 or more. These businesses were eligible to vote in the BID’s renewal ballot.
Over the last five years, Salisbury businesses have invested £2 million into the city through the payment of an annual levy into the BID.
The BID funds have been invested into an array of initiatives including promotional activities, projects to improve the city’s appearance, cost saving schemes for businesses and crime reduction schemes.
Robin McGowan, Chief Executive of Salisbury BID, said: “We are grateful to the businesses who came out in such numbers and showed their support for the continuation of the BID.
The official ballot results can be viewed here.
In partnership with VisitWiltshire, Salisbury BID co-fund the Visit Salisbury website to promote the city to visitors. The Visit Salisbury website has a full events calendar for Salisbury.