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Thursday 13 October 2016

Statement on Xmas Lights from BID Board

Barrow BID Company Ltd

Company Number 10326123

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Barrow BID Company up and running!

The not-for-profit body charged with delivering the town centre's Business Improvement District was incorporated on 11 August 2016 (company number 10326123) and work is already underway to get things moving. Chaired by Simon Craig (store manager at Marks and Spencer) the company board of directors are moving forward with plans to finance the initiative through a levy on businesses in the town centre (N.B. Eligible businesses are those with a Rateable Value of £4,000 or more). To do this requires an operating agreement with Barrow Borough Council who will collect the levy - a compulsory charge - and ring-fence the fund before transferring it to the BID Company to deliver on the 4 priorities set out in the Barrow BID Proposal (refer below).

Businesses in Barrow voted in favour of the proposal to establish a Business Improvement District (BID) for the town centre. The result of the ballot was declared on Friday 29 April confirming that 77% of voters (165 out of 213) had voted in favour of the proposal to establish the Barrow BID.

The initiative comes from local business people who are determined to ensure that Barrow thrives now and into the future as a centre for shops and services.

See the Barrow BID Proposal



A BID provides the means for local businesses of all sizes to act collectively, to pool their resources, and develop projects and services that will benefit the town centre and to ensure that it remains competitive and vibrant during these challenging times and well beyond.

This website is here to help Barrow’s business community to learn more about the BID as a means to revitalise the town. We hope its content will inspire local business people and encourage them to get involved as well as keeping them informed.

Statement on Xmas Lights

Following on from the recent media/social media reports, the Barrow BID Board feels it needs to respond to the unfortunate situation regarding the Barrow Christmas Lights switch-on event.  More...

BID Manager Recruitment

The Barrow BID Board of Directors are now seeking a BID Manager to assist them with the implementation of the BID Business Plan. The invitation to tender for the work can be found here..


BID Board of Directors Appointed


The first 11 directors have been appointed to the BID Company Board to oversee the implementation of the BID business plan. More...


Barrow BID Proposal document to be shared at The Forum on Wednesday 16 March 2016.


Invitations have been circulated to business owners and managers, as well as many other interested parties, for the event to launch the Barrow BID Proposal. The event is open and all those with an interest in the future of Barrow town centre will be welcome. Details here.



Businesses set priorities for town centre revival

Over one hundred businesses have responded to a survey to describe what they see as the priorities for improving trade in the town centre. More on our news page.


Businesses being asked about their priorities

As part of the ongoing consultations to inform the development of a BID proposal for the town centre, businesses in Barrow are being encouraged to complete a short questionnaire survey to establish the priorities. From Saturday 11 July onwards questionnaires will be distributed to over 400 business premises to gauge the priorities of businesses. Completed questionnaires will be collected by the BID Co-ordinator and his volunteer helpers.



Barrow BID launches Facebook page.

Consultations with businesses regarding the possible introduction of a Business Improvement District (BID) for the town centre have taken another step forward with Barrow BID's new Facebook page. Please take a look and keep in touch with this exciting new initiative.



Thursday 4 June BID Consultation Day

Find out more about Barrow BID. Meet the BID Co-ordinator anytime between 12 noon and 5pm and hear a short presentation on BIDs at 5.45pm. At the Forum, Duke Street.


BID Co-ordinator Appointed

Chris Kolek has been appointed by Barrow BID steering group to co-ordinate the development of a proposal for a new business improvement district in the town centre.


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