The chairwoman of Brixton Improvement District (BID) has urged traders to have their say on how their money is spent.
Elly Foster hopes a meeting for levy-payers today will signal the beginning of the next phase for the new organisation.
The BID, which became incorporated in January this year, will have a budget of about £435,000 to spend on boosting Brixton trade. It is being funded by a compulsory levy of 1.5% on all businesses with a rateable value above £5,000.
The board, made up of 14 businesspeople from across Brixton, has now appointed self-styled “placemaker” consultants The Means to it help run the organisation for a “very short period.”
Foster told the Brixton Bugle: “There is inevitably a period of time where you need to get all your ducks in a line. But we’re now ready to move forward and we want to hear everybody’s ideas and work as cooperatively as possible with all the 721 businesses.
“It’s really important for levy-payers to come to the meeting on May 7 and have their say.”
Former Brixton Town Centre manager Angelina Purcell, who has also worked for Croydon and Streatham BIDs, will help the board to oversee its initial steps until a permanent Brixton team is put in place by the end of the year.
“I’m delighted I can work with businesses here,” Purcell told the Bugle. “There are great businesses in Brixton so its about meeting them and getting them on board. It’s about ensuring that they’re feel- ing that the BID is working for them regardless of their size.”
Purcell was keen to stress the four key objectives of Brixton BID: To market Brixton, to reduce business costs, to help with business training needs and to see what can be done with the “age old problem” of parking in the town centre.
Foster cites one example of how they can help rate payers in Brixton, by cutting 40 per cent from waste costs through a proposed new contract with First Mile Recycling.
“This is a real opportunity for Brixton businesses to shape their future,” added Purnell.
“You’re empowered now – there are 721 businesses together. We’re spending your money so come and have a say in how we spend it.”
Brixton BID levy-payers meeting is TODAY (May 7) at 30a Acre Lane (above Veranda) from 6-8pm.
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