It's a 'Yes' for a new vision for Exeter's City Centre

I and many others believe that now is the right time to build on what has been achieved in recent years. With Exeter’s particular strengths and characteristics, the city centre has a huge potential.

These strengths provide city centre businesses and organisations with the chance to create and manage an environment that is good for business, for our customers, visitors, employees and for local residents.

Exeter city centre still has a journey to make to stand out from other cities. It needs to become even more accessible and welcoming, more vibrant and attractive both during the day and in the evening for staff and visitors.

It needs to be better organised to help all types of business trading in the city centre area. Clearly we have had some marked successes but one of the biggest threats which we must acknowledge is complacency. Our competitor cities and towns already have voted for and introduced BIDs which are producing real results.

We can only achieve this by working together and in partnership with others. We have to be prepared to collectively allocate resources to specific tasks. I believe that by supporting the creation of the Exeter City Centre Business Improvement District we can achieve our aims for the future.

I urge you to carefully consider the BID proposals and support them by voting ‘YES’. Only in this way can we, the city business community, compete effectively, face up to recovering from the existing economic climate and respond to the challenges ahead.
I feel positive about the prospect of Exeter BID. All our needs and ideas, as a business community, could now have the possibility of becoming a reality, which is exciting. It's great that Exeter's business community is talking, and hopefully, working together, both big and small businesses are involved in BID meaning we can share each others resources, strengths and ideas.

I hope that if the BID is successful next year, that things will start to happen quickly so that we can see a tangible difference to the city. We need this to happen so that people will feel positive about the BID.

Mattie Richardson, Bunyip Beads & Buttons

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Bid Timeline

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December 2017
Free training courses launched for BID members.

A range of training courses to benefit businesses & develop the skills of their employees.

November 2017
Our 2nd Exeter Christmas Lights Switch-on event.

A live celebration of music in Exeter to launch the switch-on of the city's festive lights.

September 2017
Ann Hunter appointed Exeter BID Manager

Ann joined Exeter from Ealing BID, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge & experience.

September 2017
Exeter BID presents its second "Style in Exeter"

Catwalk shows showcasing high street favourites & independent boutiques

July 2017
Exeter BID holds its 2nd AGM

Monday 17th July at 6pm in the Mercure Exeter Rougemont Hotel, Queen St, Exeter EX4 3SP

July 2017
Exeter BID's Summer of Independents campaign

An opportunity for customers to vote for their favourite independent business.

May 2017
Discounted rates offered at the Christmas Market

The BID offers independent traders subsidised rates at the city's Christmas Market.

May 2017
Trade Waste Collection scheme launched

BID members offered reduced costs on refuse, recycling, glass & food waste collections.

April 2017
Exeter BID presents its "Make & Take" Easter Events

Providing free Easter craft workshops for children at 4 different locations across the BID area.

January 2017
Exeter BID presents Discover in Exeter

Promoting the opportunities for sightseeing, shopping, family fun, What's On in Exeter and the Exeter Trails.

November 2016
BID produces Exeter's Christmas Lights Switch-on.

A live music event launching the switch-on of the city's new festive lights.

September 2016
Exeter BID presents "Style in Exeter".

A two-day event of catwalk shows involving 30 of the city's fashion retailers, including high street favourites and independent boutiques.

August 2016
Enhanced Street Cleaning Service Launched

An additional street cleaning & graffiti removal service is offered 5-days a week.

August 2016
Joint Procurement Scheme launched

Exeter BID works with Meercat Associates to offer BID members wide-ranging discounts on business running costs.

August 2016
Exeter BID presents "The Weekend Starts Here".

A two-day event with a host of activities including live music & street entertainment.

July 2016
Exeter BID holds its 1st AGM

Wednesday 13th July at 6.30pm - 7.30pm, in the Exeter Corn Exchange, Market Street, Exeter, EX1 1BW

June 2016
Exeter BID launches new consumer website

sharing information on city businesses, events and news

May 2016
BID launches its enhanced street cleaning service
December 2015
BID launches its first newsletter.

Each newsletter contains the latest updates from the BID office, including new initiatives, marketing plans and PR coverage.

December 2015
Mark Barretto appointed as BID Coordinator
Ambassador Team recruited
October 2015
BID appoints One Voice Media as its PR and Marketing partner.
August 2015
Craig Bulley appointed as BID CEO
June 2015
BID goes live
May 7th 2015
First permanent BID board meeting

First permanent BID board meeting

May 1st 2015
Result announced

BID Board Result announced

April 29th 2015
BID Board Ballot closes

Exeter BID Board Ballot closes

April 20th 2015
BID Ballot papers sent

BID Ballot papers are sent out

April 17th 2015
BID Board Results Announced

Results announced, including a notice of postal Ballot if required

April 13th 2015
Nominations Close

BID Board Nominations Close

April 2nd 2015
Nominations Open

BID Board Nominations Open Today!

April 2015
New Governance Structure formed
3rd March 2015
Results announced
2nd March 2015
Ballot Day

The voting period opens on 2 February when voters will receive their papers and closes on 2 March. As the vote is postal is recommended that all votes are sent well in advance of 28 February 2015 in order to be counted.

2nd February 2015
Ballots Sent out
20th January 2015
Notice of Ballots
December 2014 - February 2015
December 2014- February 2015
Distribution of BID proposal
October - November
Finalise ballot arrangements and test with BID voters
October - November
Agree final BID proposal document

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