About the BID

We are a Business Improvement District (BID) that gives the businesses and organisations in Eastleigh Town Centre more control over their future.

A ballot of town centre businesses revealed that 79% of all those who voted are in favour of the BID progressing. For the BID to be successful a second trigger ‘majority by rate able value’ was also required and this was achieved with 89% of those who voted.

You can download the Eastleigh BID Business Plan here.

The BID commenced on the 1st April 2014 for a five year term and is financed through a BID levy on the rate able value of over 300 town centre businesses, the proceeds have been invested into the town centre and on additional projects that businesses have identified and as set out in the Eastleigh BID Business Plan.

The money has been used on a range of initiatives including more marketing and promotion activities such as our Medieval Festival, and funding to other events such as Chilli Festival and Eastleigh Mela Festival. To add to this the town centre rangers, which has provided a link between businesses, organisations and the public together with a car parking promotion and incentives, to make Eastleigh more attractive with cleaning too. Pop-up shops providing ‘easy in, easy out’ access for businesses will also be encouraged and grants have been available on a first come first served basis, to attract new businesses and help existing businesses improve.

 

Here is some quotes from when we were first voted in back in 2014: 

Jean Robert Jones, Chief Executive of One Community and Chair of the BID, said ‘This a fantastic result for all involved and allows Eastleigh to improve still further over the next 5 years through the proposals detailed in our plan. I would like to thank all involved for their time and support in making a real difference to Eastleigh’s future.’

Teresa Swann BID Manager added “I am obviously delighted with the result and thank all the businesses I have been working with. . The real work starts now in delivering the new initiatives and the team aim to get started immediately in forming the new BID company and adding in the extra value to our town.”

 

Our work for the re-ballot will begin in 2018. We will be asking the businesses what they want us to deliver in the next  five  years and this will feed into a new businesses plan which each business will have the opportunity to vote on in October 2018.