Salisbury BID has to hold a ballot to continue working for a second five-year term.

Businesses eligible to vote have received bright yellow ballot papers in the post and have until February 28 to cast their vote. The result will be announced on March 1.

Salisbury BID was established in 2014 and is a not-for-profit organisation funded by more than 500 businesses within the ring-road that have a rateable value of £10,000 or more.

The services and projects BID deliver are not statutory and are in addition to those provided by local councils.

BID says it has funded and provided many initiatives over the past five years, including a cost-saving scheme that saved businesses more than £60,000.

The Salisbury Gift Card set up by BID supported businesses by helping to keep money within the city.

BID also supports the Salisbury Independents group which promotes independent businesses in the city.

BID’s City Ranger responsive cleaning service allows businesses to report issues to be dealt immediately. City Rangers are assist with security issues.

As co-funders of Salisbury CityWatch, BID keeps the city’s CCTV and radio link scheme operational.

Investment in the city’s appearance is also a priority for the BID; floral displays and the Salisbury umbrella display: maintenance work on street furniture and graffiti removal.

In 2014, BID took over management of Salisbury Christmas Market.

BID’s business plan proposal (2019 – 2024) was launched in January, with three themes: ‘Welcoming & Enhancing’, ‘Promoting & Supporting’ and ‘Representing & Influencing’.

BID says that, during the coming five year period, an additional £2 million will be invested in making the city centre a better place to do business.

BID is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors, all of whom are levy-paying businesses within the city. All members are entitled to apply to become a Director.  

Pictured: Keith Hanson (Salisbury BID Chair & Personnel Placements Director) & Robin McGowan (Salisbury BID Chief Executive)

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