Canterbury Connected Bid Improvement District

Canterbury Connected Business Improvement District (BID) is an initiative set up, led and managed by Canterbury businesses and city centre organisations to ensure continued investment in Canterbury city centre. Businesses within the Canterbury BID area voted for the BID, which will be in place for a minimum of five years, in July 2014.

We have a permanent seat on the BID board and work in close partnership with the organisation to deliver improvements to the city centre.

The following is a statement from Clive Relf, chair of Canterbury Connected BID:

“Canterbury city centre is a significant location not just for the businesses that are based here but for the wider business community across east Kent and beyond. For a city of our size, we attract more visitors than anywhere else in the south east outside London, we are a centre of excellence for education and we are a hub (and home) for a wide range of businesses.

Canterbury city centre is a very important place for all of us.

But we all know that it needs investment: in marketing, in developing new festivals and events, in deep cleaning the streets and subways, in getting hanging baskets up in summer and Christmas lights in winter and in working with our businesses to help them trade here profitably, employ more people and invest in the city.  And we also know that money to do these things is no longer available from local or central government so as businesses, we have to ‘step up to the plate’ if we want them to happen.

As part of the Canterbury business community for the past 35 years, I am proud to lead BID board. I am passionate about Canterbury and believe that a BID is the best way to fund all the things that we know will make a real, positive difference to our city. A total of over £2.5 million of ring-fenced funds will be raised during the first 5 years of the BID which will be ploughed back into Canterbury to make it an even better place for us all.

Our BID Mission Statement is: Canterbury will be a vibrant, exciting, well connected and successful business community; an attractive, green, safe and enjoyable destination for customers and clients, shoppers and staff, residents, students and visitors; a profitable place in which to do business.”

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