Swindon town centre votes for BID

By Ben Carey on 18 February, 2022

Businesses in Swindon town centre have unanimously voted in favour of a fourth term of the Business Improvement District (BID).

Over 80 per cent of votes cast by the town centre businesses backed the proposition to continue the BID which operates as a private, not-for-profit organisation.

More than £2 million of private investment is now going into the heart of Swindon’s town centre as a result of the businesses voting for continued support from inSwindon BID over the next five years.

inSwindon BID Director, Anita Bellinger, said, “The businesses have given us the opportunity to enhance, promote and champion the town centre for the next five years, in a fresh, new and creative manner, with our community at its heart.

“I would like to thank all our remarkable BID members and partners, for not only showing their support for the work we have undertaken and are committed to carrying on, but for seeing the wider picture and investing in the bright future for the town centre. “

Cllr Robert Jandy, Cabinet Member for Culture, Heritage, Leisure and Town Centre Experience, added, “It is no surprise to have inSwindon back for a fourth term. Successes can be built on the achievements of the past.”

inSwindon Board Chair, Ian Larrard, said, “This is a great opportunity for inSwindon BID to now implement our 2022-2027 Business Plan, a considered document that reflects the wishes of our businesses, partners and the community. Through our initiatives, commitment, and care for the heart of the town we can make Swindon town centre even better for workers, residents and visitors.”

The support of the town centre business community was particularly valued as the global pandemic and lockdowns have caused incredible challenges. inSwindon BID’s Fourth Term will commence on 1st April 2022.