Southampton BID reveals plans for improvements to city business14th July 2017
Businesses in Southampton had a first-hand chance to meet representatives from the city’s Business Improvement District (BID) and to hear plans for major improvements to the city over the next five years.
Go! Southampton, the BID for Southampton city centre, invited firms to a meet-and-greet event at St Mary’s Stadium yesterday (12 July) and presented its business plan for the first year of a five-year term.
Jon Walton, Go! Southampton’s chief executive, outlined three key themes that will elevate the city centre to being an outstanding place to do business. The key themes involve:
· A great city centre experience: including improving public realm, creating safe and clean environments, and encouraging city exploration
· Stronger business: which will give a voice to city centre businesses, focus on developing and retaining skills, and build an inward investment strategy for the city
· Better marketing: to raise Southampton’s profile and promote positive news about the city, create a programme of events for the city centre, and ensuring all Go! Southampton objectives are continually evaluated and reports delivered to all levy payers.
Jon, presenting at the event, said: “Collaboration between city centre businesses and the BID is vital, and together we will be working to deliver improvements that go over and above what should already be happening. Go! Southampton is providing businesses the opportunity to make decisions about improvements in their area, and we’ll be reaching out to all levy payers to ensure everyone is engaged and given a strong voice to be heard.”
Spencer Bowman, chair of Go! Southampton’s Great City Centre Experience theme group, said: “We’re working hard to make sure every pound spent by levy payers is delivered back for our city centre. We’re just three months in and we’re already getting started on our short-term plans – such as undertaking deep cleaning in the city centre and car parks, customer surveys and public realm projects like lighting and wayfinding – which will be sure to make a real difference to the experience of Southampton’s city centre.”
City centre businesses voted strongly in favour for the BID in November 2016, and will collectively fund over £5m of improvements to Southampton, with several projects already in the pipeline.
The Go! Southampton area covers Bedford Place in the north, to Town Quay and Mayflower Park in the south, to Mayflower Theatre in the west to Southampton Solent University in the east.
Members of the Southampton BID team