The potential to create 5 ‘Business Improvement Districts’ or BIDs in Mid Ulster is being explored in a new study, commissioned by Mid Ulster District Council.
Local businesses across Cookstown, Coalisland, Dungannon, Maghera and Magherafelt, are being asked for their views on the introduction of a BIDs scheme, which acts as a regeneration tool, generating investment in town centres, but also giving businesses themselves control of their own trading environment.
A successful BID is operated by a formal partnership of businesses which come together to decide what their priorities are, what improvements they’d like to see and to create a business plan which they then deliver in association with other organisations, including local authorities.
Councillor John McNamee, Chair of the Council's Development Committee, said:
“Developing a Business Improvement District requires the majority of the businesses in a defined town centre area agreeing to the plan, and making a financial commitment in the form of a BID levy.
“It’s an ambitious undertaking, but one which has been proven in other areas to improve competitiveness through active management and marketing.
“Clearly we are at a very early stage and simply assessing the appetite of local town centre businesses for the BID idea”.
Northern Ireland already has 8 BIDs operating, from a small town such as Strabane to 3 across Belfast City Centre.
For further information and to feedback your views via an online survey, visit the BIDS consultation page.