What the Council Say
Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Cllr Lindsay Millar
“Ballymena is one of my favourite places to shop. With an array of fantastic independent retailers ranging from cafes, gift shops, hardware stores, boutiques and food shops, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
“As the first town in Northern Ireland to pioneer a Business Improvement District (BID), it’s great to see it continue to grow from strength to strength. The vibrancy our local business sector is admirable and the hard work that goes into not just creating, but sustaining and growing a business in this modern world are not unnoticed. They have worked tirelessly to promote the town centre and make it an even more attractive place to live, work, shop and do business.
“Council’s new Amplify strategy aims to help businesses grow and succeed, this along with BID, will strengthen our town’s economic profile by enhancing commercial opportunities, investment and boosting footfall. I wish BID every success and look forward to working with them during my term.”
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’.