80% of businesses voted yes for the proposals, enabling another £2.5 million of investment from businesses into the town centre over the next 5 years. Love Wimbledon received a 20% increase in votes since its last ballot when it was established in 2012.
Paul Windsor, Partner of WSM and Chair of Love Wimbledon commented ‘This is an outstanding achievement. The overwhelming support of the business community means that we are able to continue our work improving the town centre, helping to develop the strong business community and promote Wimbledon as a vibrant business hub for South West London. Wimbledon is likely to see great change in the coming years and we will work to make sure our town stays a desirable and popular location whatever Crossrail may bring.’
Helen Clark Bell, CEO of Love Wimbledon said ‘We would like to thank the hundreds of Wimbledon based businesses for their support of the town centre and the visitors, especially residents and business employees, who enjoy this great place and make it the vibrant and interesting town centre it is. We will continue with the projects we have started so far that has helped make Wimbledon a popular, attractive, safe, interesting and better place.
This is one of the highest turnouts for a second term renewal ballot that a Business Improvement District has achieved, which demonstrates the commitment the shops, offices, eateries, health centres and cultural destinations have to investing in the Town Centre.’
Wimbledon is a Place to Do Business
Love Wimbledon will continue its programme of investment, developing four core strategies:
Engaging events and Placemaking
Ensuring Wimbledon is an attractive, interesting and safe environment. This attracts more businesses, improves footfall and helps make Wimbledon a happier place to be.
Leading marketing and Promotion
So everyone knows what’s on and where – it highlights the great reasons you should visit Wimbledon.
Business Services and Support
We help to reduce business costs (this works especially well for our independent shops and restaurants), provide business opportunities and improve environmental credentials.
A Brighter Future for Wimbledon
Ensuring Wimbledon continues to be a popular place to shop, eat and go out, attracting new businesses and by working to manage the impact of strategic plans like Crossrail 2.
About Love Wimbledon
Love Wimbledon was established in 2012 as a Business Improvement District. In that time we have delivered over 400 events, invested over £2.5million, saved over 1,000 tonnes of CO2 and lobbied to reduce the impact of Crossrail 2 on the town centre. It is funded by businesses and is a not for profit company serving and working to improve the area for businesses, visitors and residents.
All BID levy paying businesses are automatically company members and are encouraged to put themselves forward to sit on Love Wimbledon’s project steering groups and Board.
Love Wimbledon has a baseline agreement with Merton Council which ensures its improvements and services are over and above those provided by the Council.
Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) have now been operating across the UK for over a decade. A BID is a legal body formed under the Local Government Act 2004. There are over 220 BIDs across the UK and Love Wimbledon works closely with its BID neighbours in Kingston, Sutton, Croydon and across London.
Member since: 10th July 2012
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