Ballymena businesses urged to get behind BID to boost economic recovery

The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim is reminding businesses to take part in the ongoing ballot process to determine the future of the Ballymena Business Improvement District (BID).

Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 8:55 am

BID has launched a new five-year plan, which will generate in excess of £1m, as part of a post-COVID, economic recovery strategy for Ballymena town centre.

The Board are keen to ensure they get the support of the town’s business owners to secure the funding, and Mayor, Councillor Peter Johnston is reminding local businesses to have their say: “Council has always been a firm supporter of BID and now we need the businesses to vote to make sure it still exists to help rollout support across the town.

“If the BID is successful then Ballymena will see over £1m in funding to help roll out plans to boost economic recovery. We’ve seen the impact the BID has had in good times for businesses, but especially now as we grow and recover from the devastating impact of Covid-19, it’s needed more than ever.”

Stephen Reynolds, Chair of Ballymena BID and Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Cllr Peter Johnston (pictured last year)

Alderman Audrey Wales MBE represents Council on the BID Board: “A lot of the ballots have been posted to business premises so make sure you check there and place your vote. We need local businesses to work together to help forge a new and vibrant path for the town centres as we recover together in a new world post Covid.

“For a successful Yes vote, 25% of businesses must vote and 50% of eligible businesses must be in favour of the Ballymena BID Renewal Business Plan. So support from the local business community is paramount to the survival of this important initiative.”

Stephen Reynolds, Chair of Ballymena BID, and proprietor of the award-winning Front Page Bar. said: “I am encouraging everyone to get their postal vote completed and returned as early as possible and vote YES. The past five years have allowed us as a board, most of whom operate a business in the town, to work closely with other local business owners to decide what our town needs most.”

For further information about the Ballymena BID please contact Emma McCrea – Interim Manager, Ballymena BID E: [email protected] M: 078 8544 0296 or T: 078 5413 3310 or visit: wwwballymenameans.com