Businesses vote to invest £1.5m in Blackburn

Blackburn firms have voted in favour of a Business Improvement District.

Blackburn BIDThe Business Investment District, which earned 75% of the votes in its favour, includes around 350 traders, commercial organisations and charities in the town centre.

The scheme will create a potential £1.5m pot of money which will be invested in the regeneration of the town centre focusing on four main themes. These include promotion and events, crime prevention, creating a cleaner environment and increasing the number of customers visiting the town.

Mark Smith, from the BID steering group said “I am thrilled that the businesses in Blackburn have grasped this opportunity to make a real difference to the future of our town. Everybody has worked very hard towards achieving this great result and we all know that the real work for the next five years is just beginning.”

Cllr Maureen Bateson, executive member for Regeneration said: "This is a fantastic result. It is extremely positive that the majority of the local businesses have voted to get behind the town centre and work together to make it even better.

The council will work closely with the steering group to push the town centre even further. This news comes just a week after we announced one of our biggest investment programmes in the town centre which will build and enhance what we currently have. Blackburn is open for businesses, visitors and shoppers." Paul Bury from The Cellblock BMX said, “This positive news is very exciting for all the businesses in the town centre. The BID will be run by the business people of the town giving them a real say and making sure Blackburn becomes a vibrant and exciting place to visit.”