Welcome to the BID website for Royal Leamington Spa

In 2008, local businesses and property owners voted to establish a Business Improvement District (BID) within Royal Leamington Spa. This was subsequently renewed for a further 5 year term in 2013 and then most recently in 2018. Since then, BID Leamington has made excellent progress in delivering services and projects, agreed by the BID Board and its partners, which increase the appeal of the town and improve trading performance.

Throughout this website, our aim is to inform and support the 355 levy paying businesses and our voluntary members who, through BID Leamington, contribute towards creating an attractive, safe and well-promoted town.

Coronavirus: Business Support

As you are all aware the ground is moving rapidly in respect to Covid-19 and the implications this will have for your business and the wider town centre and community. We wish to reassure our members that BID Leamington is here to support you. Over the past six months and going forwards, assessing and responding to this is our primary concern and we welcome your feedback and support. This is also the focus of the BID Board of Directors.

In the short term, we know that accessing financial support is an immediate priority so please ensure we have your email as we are regularly updating members with information about grants, financial, HR, legal and other forms of practical support. We are also in contact with our MP and other local partners, so we are also looking for your feedback to ensure the right kind of additional support is made available going forwards. In the longer term, we are working with partners to deliver a recovery plan.

Key questions for us at this time are:

1. How this is impacting you, your business, staff and /or sector? e.g. trade, footfall, morale
2. What are the specific challenges you are facing at this time?
3. What support do you need?

As a member of the BID Foundation National Council, we have regular contact with executives from the UK Government High Street Task Force and the Institute of Place Management who are both in regular contact with treasury and other government departments. We are actively lobbying on issues important to you and supporting the lobbying efforts of other organisations. Together, this informs important decisions about programmes of support.

BID Invoicing: Whilst there is a legal imperative to issue BID levy invoices to maintain the mandate of the BID, we wish to acknowledge the varying circumstances facing businesses and have a strong desire to avoid adding further strain at this time. Reflecting this, the BID Board of Directors and Warwick District Council have agreed to some flexibility with respect to how the BID levy is collected this year. Please click here to view the details.

 

For all Covid-19 information and support, please click here.

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