What the Council Say
Mid & East Antrim Borough Council, Mayor Councillor Audrey Wales MBE
‘I am delighted that Ballymena town centre businesses have voted for a Business Improvement District. Council, along with our business sector, have been lobbying for legislation to enable such an initiative to take place for many years.
I commend our local business sector who have worked tirelessly in communicating and campaigning for the BID amongst their business colleagues who voted overwhelmingly for Ballymena to be the first town to have a BID in Northern Ireland.
The BID concept, along with other initiatives, such as the regeneration of St. Patrick’s Barracks, will strengthen our town’s economic profile by complementing and enhancing commercial opportunities, investment and additional footfall.
I wish BID every success and I would further encourage all business owners to get involved in the projects and plans devised by local commerce that should make a positive contribution to our local businesses over the next five years’.
Mid & East Antrim Borough Council, Chief Executive Anne Donaghy:
‘Mid and East Antrim Borough Council are delighted to have Ballymena town centre as the first Business Improvement District in Northern Ireland. We recognise our town centres as highly valued economic drivers of our Borough. Our elected members have worked in close partnership with our commercial sector for many years. This partnership has been beneficial in delivering a BID for our stakeholders with Council at the fore in leading on the introduction of the legislation that allow our businesses to have the opportunities and benefits that others town centres throughout the UK and Ireland enjoy’ through BID’s.
I commend the local businesses for their hard work in achieving an excellent result in the town vote and wish them every success over the BID lifespan of 5 years to achieving real outputs that make a positive contribution to commerce.
Business Improvements Districts (BID’s) are an effective way in which businesses can take control and improve their trading environment and are controlled and funded directly by the businesses that pay for them.
Council will continue to support initiatives that deliver economic growth, which is our priority for the Borough moving forward’.